What is Chivalry? (Part 4)

We have discussed various aspects of chivalry, working on a general definition via our reading of Kenelm Digby's Broadstone of Honour. In part one we learned that chivalry is a "spirit or state of mind which disposes men to heroic and generous actions and keeps them conversant with all that is beautiful and sublime in the... Continue Reading →

What is Chivalry? (Part 1)

One often hears the phrase, "chivalry is dead." And by this it is not always clear what is being referred to. By chivalry do they mean romantic feeling? Or perhaps knights in shining armor? Maybe, ladies in waiting? Or is it castles and flying banners? In all such cases I suppose the phrase, "chivalry is... Continue Reading →

Our (God) Problem with Patriarchy

"I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me" (John 8:28b). "I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me... The Father is greater than I...  [so] I do as the Father has commanded me" (John 12:50; 14:28b,... Continue Reading →

The Holy Innocents

Today (Dec. 28th/29th) the Church recognizes the deaths of the Holy Innocents who died in the place of the Christ child in Bethlehem at the order of Herod and recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. These innocent boy children are thus understood as the first martyrs in the Church. The historic validity of this event... Continue Reading →

The Carpenter’s Son

"Isn't this the carpenter's son?" (Mt. 13:55). How many times have we heard this phrase from the Gospel? And we might have been tempted to hear it merely as a mundane description used by Jesus's enemies.  The word in Greek, tekton, however, can be translated anywhere from "builder," "workman," and more exactly "carpenter" or "craftsman... Continue Reading →

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