Communio

…bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Tag: Gerard Manley Hopkins

St Alphonse Rodriguez

Among many saints and blesseds liturgically honored today (e.g., Saint Wolfgang & Blessed Theodore Romzha), we have the feast of the Jesuit Saint Alphonse Rodriguez, known for his extraordinary holiness that shone out of his ordinary work as the doorkeeper of a Jesuit school. Tremendous opportunities for holiness in the ordinary. Why is Rodriquez’s feast so […]

Give beauty back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver

A striking line in Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo,” “Give beauty back, beauty, beauty, beauty, back to God, beauty’s self and beauty’s giver.”  English Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) was renowned for his use of Blessed John Duns Scotus’ theology and his creative use of language and rhythm (notice Hopkins’ characteristic […]

Letting God’s Glory Through: The Queenship of Mary

Today closes the Octave of the Assumption, the apt way to prolong the wonderful solemnity of the Blessed Mother’s Assumption to heaven. In his October 11, 1954 encyclical, Ad Caeli Reginam, Pope Pius XII gave the Church the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.   I think the best way to think […]