Monday, August 24, 2009

A Prayer of Confession

"Forgive my sins, O Lord-- forgive me the sins of my present and the sins of my past, the sins of my soul and the sins of my body; the sins which I have done to please myself, and the sins which I have done to please others. Forgive me my wanton and idle sins, forgive me my serious and deliberate sins, forgive me those sins which I know and those sins which I know not, the sins which I have labored so to hide from others that I have hid them from my own memory. Forgive them, O Lord, forgive them all. Of thy great mercy let me be absolved, and of thy bountiful goodness let me be delivered from the bonds of all that by my frailty I have committed. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour. Amen." -- Thomas Wilson, Sacra Privata.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Words, words, words

Theologians, politicians, ad-men and journalists,
like world controllers,
subtly deceive,
murdering words
in academic gulags.

They know not what they do. Good
God, destroy them
before they reach into the souls'
of my children and
cut out the tongues that make us human.

-- a reflection on Hamlet II.ii and Lewis' Abolition of Man