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Month: September 2013

Stylite

Upon This Rock

Film-maker Stephen Riehl was developing a work of fiction about a man who in the face of a world growing increasingly materialistic, depersonalized, and divided decides to withdraw into contemplation and become a modern day stylite. While researching stylite asceticism he happened upon a photo essay by Georgian photo journalist Temo Bardzimashvili about an Orthodox

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Pope's selfie

Pope’s pastoral primacy?

The recent interview of Pope Francis has caused quite a stir. To say the least. It was conducted by Fr Antonio Spadaro, a fellow Jesuit, on behalf of La Civiltà Cattolica (the Italian Jesuit journal of which he is the editor in chief), America, and several other major Jesuit journals around the world. There’s quite

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Ember Days

Ember Days

The Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer (page 18) has “The Ember Days, traditionally observed on the Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays after the First Sunday in Lent, the Day of Pentecost, Holy Cross Day, and December 13”. The mnemonic is “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”. In ancient Italy the times (originally three) were associated with sowing,

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