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Spending time with the mystics

January 30, 2020 Russell Shaw 3

I’ve had a hunch for quite some time that more people than you might suppose have had mystical experiences or, if not quite that, at least something resembling them, and lately a quick search of […]

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The Rosary and Christmas

December 19, 2019 Russell Shaw 6

In one of his Christmas sermons, St. John Henry Newman speaks of Christmas as “a time for innocence and purity and gentleness and mildness and contentment and peace.” In this season, he says, we are […]

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Verdict first, sentence afterwards

November 21, 2019 Russell Shaw 3

During a mad, memorable trial scene near the end of Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts decrees “Sentence first–verdict afterwards.” When Alice corrects her, the Queen, face purple with rage, […]