My Journey to Black Belt: A Personal Narrative

Foreword: Here follows part of a talk I wrote regarding my personal journey to my MMA Black Belt specialising in Krav Maga. I wanted to share a personal narrative, and I thought this was a good way to do so. This is a part of my story. We all have a part in a grandContinue reading “My Journey to Black Belt: A Personal Narrative”

Conversion and Transformation into Christ: A Meditation for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25)

Elizabeth is the aged and barren woman, unfruitful, who could bear no child. Zechariah is the aged high priest, unfaithful and, therefore, dumb—unable to produce the word. Yet by the Divine Mercy of God, Elizabeth in her lowliness and shame was made fruitful, and Zechariah at the revelation of this fruit not only spoke, butContinue reading “Conversion and Transformation into Christ: A Meditation for the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist (Luke 1:5-25)”

The Beauty of the Precious Blood: A Meditation on the Hearts of Jesus & Mary

‘and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced’ Zechariah 12:10  Yesterday was the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and today is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Yet the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are one. Not only are they united spiritually in the great mission of mankind’s redemption,Continue reading “The Beauty of the Precious Blood: A Meditation on the Hearts of Jesus & Mary”

Wisdom the Storyteller

It seems there is something connoted by ‘wisdom’ in English that is appropriate to her praise in holy Scripture. For knowledge we understands as something limited in application (what good is all one’s knowledge if he does nothing with it, or knows not how to employ it, or perhaps even does not know its value);Continue reading “Wisdom the Storyteller”

The Condescension of Divine Love

O Lord, blessed be Thy Name: Who, ineffable, perfect, give us to know Thee as Father; though of Heaven, make in us Thy hiding place and home; though transcendent, magnify Thy glory, making us Thy servants; and Who, King of the universe, reign as love in men’s hearts, and raise him of dust to theContinue reading “The Condescension of Divine Love”

The Gifts of the Lady Galadriel: A Meditation on Pentecost

Here follows a meditation on Pentecost, when God bestowed the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, through the lens of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings—in particular the chapter of the Lady Galadriel’s giving of gifts to the Fellowship of the Ring. This I began with ardour and undertook with caution in mind,Continue reading “The Gifts of the Lady Galadriel: A Meditation on Pentecost”

A Literary Experiment in Autobiographical Fiction

Foreword: Here follows a short paper I wrote for my Tolstoy professor after we studied Tolstoy’s Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth. The task was to write an autobiographical account from a time in our childhood, and afterward to analyse the process we went through to write it, in order to better understand Tolstoy’s Childhood, Boyhood, andContinue reading “A Literary Experiment in Autobiographical Fiction”

Three Poems for the Troubled Heart

O Blessed Mary, Mother of All the Living O sweet lips which let fall fruit of the honeycomb, rest upon my sick heart; Whose kind ears first would hear the Child’s joy and mirth resound, incline to my poor soul. Of Morning Birdsong Listen! O thou downcast soul, disturbed spirit, weak frame— hearest thou weeping?Continue reading “Three Poems for the Troubled Heart”

A Winding Garden Toward Enlightenment or Despair: How Anna Karenina Cultivates the Mind, Bears Relevance, and Leads to Existential Crises

Foreword: Here follows a short paper I wrote for a university class on Tolstoy which attempted to answer the question: Is 150-year-old literature such as Tolstoy’s still relevant to a contemporary reader’s every-day life, and if so, how? I have edited it some, and have removed all major spoilers of the novel Anna Karenina, butContinue reading “A Winding Garden Toward Enlightenment or Despair: How Anna Karenina Cultivates the Mind, Bears Relevance, and Leads to Existential Crises”

A Prayer to Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary

O Burning Bush of Light so pure, pray, I pray, that I not endure from afar the fiery Love Thou bearest,but in Thy sorrowful Heart may rest. When suffer I this life’s great trials, and battle against the devil’s guiles,may I the world’s pleasures forsake,an act of reparation to maketo Thy sword-pierced Heart, O gentleContinue reading “A Prayer to Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary”