Tag: physical/spiritual


“Just a Symbol?”–Communion in a Cathedral


The Hapsburgs were christened, married and buried at St. Augustine in Vienna.  This cathedral has seen a lot of pageantry and ceremony and the mass still reflects a polish and flair consistent with this history.  I particularly noticed this in the treatment of the elements of the Eucharist.  In all Catholic services,...

The Idea of the Holocaust…


When I was in high school, I was fascinated with World War II.  I took a class on World War II and I guess my fascination continued into college because I majored in history and I took another course on World War II.  I watched all 26 episodes of the...

Warm Bodies: the Book


You know you're an English teacher, if, when a movie is released, you buy the book.  The cover of my version of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is the movie's poster, but the it is better than a silly romance which cover seems to suggests. The book's first-person narrator is R...

Pious Cliché


In the book Mystery and Manners, Flannery O’Connor says that the separation of grace and nature does a disservice to both.  Emptied of the spiritual, nature becomes either sentimental or obscene (see previous post).  And emptied of nature, the spiritual becomes nothing more than pious cliché. It didn’t take long...