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Subscribe to Jasper. Song of the Day: Soldiers of Christ, Arise When I browse through the terrific Hymnal 1940 of the Episcopal Church, I count around fifty hymns that have to do with fighting for Christ. I doubt that anybody of the time, if asked to draw a picture of the essential warrior, would have...
Subscribe to Jasper. Poem of the Day: Epithalamion by Edmund Spenser My wife and I have sometimes noticed that you can guess how long a marriage is going to last by how expensive the wedding reception has been. The more it costs, the shorter the marriage: knock off a year for every bridesmaid’s gown that...
Subscribe to Jasper. Man of the Day: Pope Saint John Paul II It’s one of the moments that changed the world, and you are there. The year is 1983, and the Solidarity movement has gripped Poland, whose people no longer want to live as puppets of the Soviet Union. The Polish pope, John Paul II,...
Subscribe to Jasper. Painting of the Day: The Man with the Glove by Titian One of the things I tell my students at Magdalen College is that there’s a quick way to tell if a painting was not executed in the Middle Ages. That’s if the colors are dark. For the people of the Middle...
Subscribe to Jasper. Man of the Day: A Real Man How would you imagine a grown man in the prime of his youth, sinless and innocent? Dear reader, you may have heard people in our time complain about “toxic masculinity,” a silly phrase if there ever was one. Call it “manliness” instead. Can there be...
Subscribe to Jasper. Song of the Day: Adoro Te G. K. Chesterton once said in his bluff way that the Catholic faith was a thick steak, a bottle of stout, and a good cigar. It was a eucharistic sentiment, just as when his friend Hillaire Belloc wrote these jaunty and immortal words: Wherever the Catholic...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: PASTURE “The Lord is my shepherd,” says David in the sweetest of his psalms, “I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green PASTURES.” Not many of us these days will ever do that. I never have. I’ve never said, “These sheep of mine might like...
Subscribe to Jasper. Poem of the Day: “Love” by George Herbert The philosopher and mystic Simone Weil died before she was baptized into the Catholic faith she had come to accept with her mind and heart. It was during World War II, and she was in exile in England from her native land, France, and...
Subscribe to Jasper. Curiosity of the Day: Where Does That River Go? Whenever Jesus went from the heights in Jerusalem where the Temple stood, to the Mount of Olives, or whenever he went from Jerusalem to the house of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, his friends who lived in Bethany, he had to cross a deep...
Subscribe to Jasper. Word of the Day: PROTECT A crowd surrounded Jesus as he was walking toward the village. They were excited. “You should do this for him,” they said. “He has been good to our people.” “He built a synagogue for us.” “He has kept the tax collectors honest.” “He believes in the Lord...
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