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[People] obtain more joy and recreation in creatures through the dispossession of them.  They cannot rejoice in them if they behold them with possessiveness, for this is a care that, like a trap, holds the spirit to earth and does not allow wideness of heart.

– St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mt. Carmel

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Spanish anonymous – http://www.cervantesvirtual.com, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8653039

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Okay…let me open with Jack London, who made the following remarks in describing “the Wild” in winter: (more…)

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Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp’d His beauty ‘round;
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The chiefs from far before Him (more…)

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For part one, click here.

From the observations I made (more…)

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This is an updated version of an article I posted four years ago, in the midst of an El Niño December.  Mother Nature has decidedly “cooled off” this year, but I doubt whether the debate over Santa Claus has followed suit.

Let’s get right to it: Can Christians claim Santa as their own, as being (more…)

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When assaulted by any vice, we must embrace the practice of the contrary virtue, and refer all the others to it, by which means we shall overcome our enemy, and at the same time advance in all the virtues. (. . .) For as the wild boar, to sharpen his tusks, whets and polishes them with his other teeth, and by this means sharpens all at the same time, so a virtuous man, having undertaken to perfect himself in the virtue of which he stands most in need for his defence, files and polishes it by the exercise of the other virtues, which whilst they help to sharpen that one, make all of them become more excellent and better polished.

– St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

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By Francisco Bayeu y Subías – [3], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50771068

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