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From the Gospel of Luke

Luke 2:8-18 8. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. 9. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. 10. And the angel said unto them,

The Annunciation

The Annunciation She’s not much. That’s what the other wives in the village say behind her back whenever they see her going about her daily tasks. She’s younger than they are, and although she’s been married to the carpenter for almost two years, she hasn’t given him a child. They assume she’s barren, for the

The Other Shepherd

THE OTHER SHEPHERD Avram was terrified when the light and the noise burst out of the night sky. He was eight years old, and his uncle Samael had taken him along for the first time to tend the sheep for a full night’s watch in the hills above Bethlehem. Avram had been helping to look

A Hobbling Tour Of Florence And Rome, Part Five

We left the museum and wandered into the Mercato Nuovo, so called because its current loggia only dates to the 16th century. It’s been a marketplace at least since the 11th century, when it served Florence’s fledgling trade in finished cloth. Nowadays, of course, it caters exclusively to tourists, since that’s the biggest game in

The Second Coming

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some


Powber Jimmy Borden was seven, and he had no friends. He had parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles and a brother named Tommy, who was thirteen, but none of them were really his friends. His father George was a lawyer, and he worked long hours. Sometimes he had to spend several nights in a