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Second Terrace

Preoccupations and essays by Fr Jonathan Tobias. "Really," said Gregory, superciliously, "the examples you choose --" "I beg your pardon," said Syme grimly, "I forgot we had abolished all conventions."

Published: 2018-02-19T10:10:14-05:00


the oceanic new


Lent is stepping out of the familiar world into the perilous heaven of love divine: the Great Fast launches the meek and the child from the weary old lands and into the oceanic New: "You gave birth and are a...

forgiveness is not arbitrary


-- the greater snow goose (now winging its way to northern habitats from wintering grounds in the Carolina lowlands), photo by Josée Dumas for the Canadian Wildlife Federation When dealing with the problem of sin, why couldn't God snap His...

the collision: parkland, ashes and roses


At the juncture of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day, a collision with the newest school shooting, this one in Parkland, Florida. For now I won’t mention any kind of response in terms of firearms control. There seems to be little...

praying the psalms in lent: a little handbook of twenty sections


Singing the Psalms in Lent: A Little Handbook of Twenty Sections by Fr Jonathan Tobias 1. I wrote this “little handbook” to assist anyone who would like to pray through the Psalms this Lent (and maybe afterward). Outside of Lent,...

the wages


-- photo courtesy of Brooke: Action for Working Horses and Donkeys* In Lent, we think about sin a lot, and we say — out loud — that we are a sinner. At the close of Vespers on Forgiveness Sunday afternoon,...

some maxims for the new wilderness


Live in Scripture. See everything, think everything theologically. Interpret all phenomena according to Wisdom. Avoidhandling money. Do not trust money: it is more ephemeral than you think. It is not real. Speak and write English simply and well. Speak in...

we have tomorrow


-- at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, at Cape Hatteras Seashore In getting things packed up for our recent move, one of our young helpers unearthed a cassette audio tape. She looked at it quizzically, turning it over for clues...

silence and night


“If you are silent, you will have peace wherever you live.” — Abba Poemen In one sense, the carol “Silent Night” is an odd thing to sing about Christmas. Most of the time, the holidays are anything but “silent.” Shopping,...

the secrets of memory


Give praise, O you heavens, and rejoice, O earth, you mountains, give praise with jubilation: because the Lord comforts His people, and will have mercy on His poor ones. But Zion said: The Lord has forsaken me, and the Lord...

Deck These Halls


This New Year’s Eve on December 31st, I’ll be singing my favorite Stephen Foster song. It’s all about 2017: Let us pause in life's pleasures and count its many tears While we all sup sorrow with the poor There's a...