Conversion: Christmas and Epiphany with TS Eliot

We all know the story of the Three Kings, even if only from the chorus of “We Three Kings of Orient Are.” However, Holy Scripture does not call these men kings, but rather magi, “wise men from the east” (Matthew 2:1) Their story reminds us that Christmas is a call to conversion, if we will only hear it.

T.S. Eliot, arguably the finest poet of the 20th century, converted to Christianity as an adult. The poem “The Journey of the Magi” was written shortly after his conversion; an imaginative extrapolation of what the magi experienced on their journey to see the infant Christ, it is also an extended metaphor for the journey to faith in Christ. Continue reading

Thanksgiving: A Sonnet

One of the particular things I was giving thanks for is the fellowship of friends, and especially of my poet friends. This particular poem also reflects my admiration for Charles Williams and his theological thought as well as his literary productions. Specifically there are nods here to Descent into Hell and Many Dimensions.I wrote this sonnet on (and for) the holiday of Thanksgiving, but with the idea of giving thanks in general, bearing in mind the call in Scripture to give thanks in all circumstances. One of the particular things I was giving thanks for is the fellowship of friends, and especially of my poet friends. This particular poem also reflects my admiration for Charles Williams and his theological thought as well as his literary productions. Specifically there are nods here to Descent into Hell and Many Dimensions. Continue reading

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