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Christ recrucified


In 1953, Nikos Kazantzakis published a novel entitled, “The Greek Passion.” It is set in the 1920s, towards the end of the Greco-Turkish war. The village of Lycovrissi, which lies inside Turkey, holds a live Passion play every seven years, the actors chosen from among the villagers themselves. For the next one, a shepherd named […]

Posted: May 20th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Who killed cock Robin?


Most literature textbooks include a short story, entitled, “In a Grove,” by a Japanese author, Ryunosoke Akutagawa. It first appeared in the January 1922 issue of a Japanese publication. The legendary director, Akira Kurosawa, based his award-winning movie, “Rashomon,” on it. “In a Grove” tells of a woodcutter who finds a dead body in the […]

Posted: May 13th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Variation on a theme of Sappho


Except for one, we only have fragments of Sappho’s poems. Among the best known is Fragment No. 104A, which Anne Carson translates into English in this manner: Evening you gather back all that dazzling dawn has put asunder: you gather a lamb gather a kid gather a child to its mother I remember that when […]

Posted: May 6th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The road less travelled by


Years ago, I strolled about the seminary grounds with an Irish colleague, who kept reciting a poem, which, he said, was by Robert Frost, and whose title was, “The Road Not Taken.” That introduced me to Frost, and set me to read his work with a passion, especially after I began writing poems myself. Frost […]

Posted: April 29th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

For love


I didn’t know what got into me — I took a shot of my lunch with my phone camera. It was not because the prandium was great. Why, I only had fried fish, squash stewed in coconut milk, rice and a banana, and — to complete the credits — bottled water. Perhaps it was the […]

Posted: April 22nd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Piero della Francesca’s resurrection


What thoughts did Piero della Francesca have When he painted the fresco of the Resurrection? Was it a bright day in Sansepolcro As he applied the pigments on the lime and sand? Anyway, the real brush is the mind, The light can slant to put the hand In shadow, but the mind remains on fire. […]

Posted: April 15th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The gospel according to Borges


The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges wrote a story entitled, “The Gospel according to Mark.” It tells of Baltasar Espinosa, a medical student from Buenos Aires, who went to a ranch in the country upon the invitation of his cousin Daniel. In that ranch lived the overseer Gutre, his son and a girl “of uncertain […]

Posted: April 8th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The tears of God


In Padua, northern Italy, at the Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), we find frescoes done by Giotto portraying scenes from the life of Christ. One of them depicts an incident narrated in the Gospel of John, about the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus lived in Bethany with his sisters Mary and Martha. They were […]

Posted: April 1st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

The blind eyewitness


On the way to the parking area at the basement of a mall, I would notice people sitting outside a room. They seemed to be waiting. One day, my curiosity at last getting the better of me, I looked in and there found people having a massage. The masseurs and masseuses were blind. From the […]

Posted: March 25th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Love stronger than thirst, water deeper than desire


I find in this poem, “Like the Water,” by Wendell Berry, meanings that I can only describe as transcendental. Like the water of a deep stream, love is always too much. We did not make it. Though we drink till we burst, we cannot have it all, or want it all. In its abundance it […]

Posted: March 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »