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  • Christmas 1C (2018)

    by Doug Bratt
    In The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Vol. I: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, William Manchester writes about Londoners’ sense of fashion. He notes that each Victorian group and class of people had its own distinctive attire. “Identifying a stranger’s class has always been a social challenge for Londoners. Today it is a matter of vowels. In [Victorian] days it was far easier, and would usually be accomplished by a glance. “J. M. Bailey, an American visitor to London in the 1870’s, wrote that he could find ‘traces of nobility’ in an aristocrat’s ‘very step and bearing.’ He asked mischievously: ‘Can you conceive of a bowlegged duke? Or is it possible for you to locate a pimple on the nose of a viscount? And no one, however diseased his imagination, ever pictures a baron with an ulcerated leg, or conceived of such a monstrous impossibility as a cross-eyed duchess.’ “This was Yankee wit, but the plain fact was that you could tell. Gentlemen, no less than ladies, could be identified by their clothing...
  • Compassion

    by Frederick Buechner
  • Christmas 1C (2018)

    by Frank Crouch
  • Christmas 1C (2018)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Christmas 1C (2015)

    by Phil Heinze
  • Holy Family (C)(2016)

    by Charlie Irvin
  • Christmas 1C (2018)

    by Katie Savage
  • Christmas 1C (2018)

    by Ken Sehested
  • Clothes Make the Christian

    by Carl Wilton
    There’s an odd little short story by the British writer, Max Beerbohm. It’s called “The Happy Hypocrite.” The main character is a notoriously self-centered individual, who’s got the marvelously appropriate name of Lord George Hell.Lord Hell seems, well, hellbound in his desire to live as dissolute and sinful a life as ever he can. As the story opens, he’s a wreck of a man. Anyone who looks upon his face can see the scars and furrows of years of hard living. At mid-life, he’s lost all his youthful vigor. His face is blotchy and bloated from years of overindulgence.But then, the miraculous happens. Lord Hell falls head-over-heels in love with a beautiful young woman. This is no mere physical desire on his part, but a high and holy — and very genuine — affection. There’s something about this virtuous young woman that makes him want to live a righteous life, for a change. Yet, there’s a great sadness in the nobleman’s heart, because he knows that, with his abysmal reputation, his beloved would never have him for a husband.There’s an element of magic to this story. George Hell puts on the mask of a saint, to hide his sinner’s face. It’s such a miraculous mask that, once it’s put on, no one can tell by looking at him that this is not his real face. As far as anyone knows, he is a kind and virtuous man.He courts the young woman and he marries her. They live happily together.That is, until a certain woman shows up from George’s past. For whatever reason, she’s not fooled by the mask. She knows the man underneath it (or thinks she does). One day, in the presence of George’s new wife, she confronts him and cruelly tears off his mask, expecting to reveal the bloated, pockmarked face of an old degenerate.Here’s where the magic comes in. What she reveals is something quite different. Behind the mask of a saint, there is no longer the face of a terrible sinner. George’s own face has become transformed by the power of love. He has become a true saint — and all by wearing that magical mask!...

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