Sweat and Blood to Save One’s Soul: The Principles of Work and Suffering in Čapek’s RUR

‘O Adam, Adam! No longer will you have to earn your bread by the sweat of your brow; you will return to Paradise, where you were nourished by the hand of God. You will be free and supreme; you will have no other task, no other work, no other cares than to perfect your being.Continue reading “Sweat and Blood to Save One’s Soul: The Principles of Work and Suffering in Čapek’s RUR”

Splendour of Mercy: The Image of Divine Mercy

In light of tomorrow’s Feast of Divine Mercy, I want to share a third reflexion to prepare us for joy and awe; here writing on the image of Divine Mercy (see above image) and the Feast’s indulgence. Jesus told St. Fasutina: ‘No soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to My mercy, andContinue reading “Splendour of Mercy: The Image of Divine Mercy”

Hope in Love: A Reflexion on the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

On Wednesday I wrote a blog post about God’s Divine Mercy, Its feast day on the Sunday after Easter, and the novena leading up to the feast. So continuing this theme I want to write a reflexion on the chaplet of Divine Mercy which Jesus gave to St. Faustina. This chaplet is often prayed withContinue reading “Hope in Love: A Reflexion on the Chaplet of Divine Mercy”

No Greater Love: A Short Good Friday Meditation

When I consider the simple view of Jesus as a Friend who laughs and grieves with us, or a Mother who nurtures us, or a Father who loves us unconditionally; and then consider the great mystery of His Eucharistic Sacrifice, the incomprehensibility of Heaven, and His union with sinners through Baptism; I tend to dichotomiseContinue reading “No Greater Love: A Short Good Friday Meditation”

Fitting Anna Karenina into a New Dress: Adaptation and Cinematic Technique in Anna Karenina (2012)

Foreword: Here follows a term paper I wrote last semester for my university class under Tolstoy scholar Ani Kokobobo, PhD. This should be of interest if you have read Anna Karenina, or seen the 2012 film adaptation (Keira Knightley), or both. I discuss not only the works themselves but the nature of adapting a bookContinue reading “Fitting Anna Karenina into a New Dress: Adaptation and Cinematic Technique in Anna Karenina (2012)”

Four Types of Soil: Knowing Yourself & Seeking God

In the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-20), Jesus describes four types of soil on which seed falls, demonstrating how the word of God is received by people. It seems to me that I can relate to each type of soil in this parable. There have been times in my life when God spoke toContinue reading “Four Types of Soil: Knowing Yourself & Seeking God”

Exploring Reality as Beauty: The Importance of Reading Fiction

‘Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.’ Nora Ephron  To many of us today, reading is a luxury, and reading fictionContinue reading “Exploring Reality as Beauty: The Importance of Reading Fiction”

Quarantine Quandaries: What to do with what is?

Here we are. Many of us have been affected by COVID19 and the policies in response to it—either by physical quarantine, economic stress, lack of school for children, various plans being tossed in the trash, or just not having anything to do. Many are concerned, worried, frustrated, or bored. I shall not address the policiesContinue reading “Quarantine Quandaries: What to do with what is?”

A Reflexion on Psalm 12: Persevering in Adversity and Trusting God’s Promises

Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The psalmist begins by lamenting how few are the faithful, focussing on the emptiness of their conversation. He emphasises theContinue reading “A Reflexion on Psalm 12: Persevering in Adversity and Trusting God’s Promises”