“Is it not enough, Lord, that the world has us locked up?”

As Teresa de Ávila edited her Camino de perfección (The Way of Perfection), she crossed out a passage in chapter three, that nevertheless remains legible in the manuscript. She had been exhorting her sisters to be constant and persistent in prayer, both for the world’s sake and for their own, remembering that the Lord wasContinue reading ““Is it not enough, Lord, that the world has us locked up?””

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria

De una Mujer se convencen todos los Sabios de Egipto, para prueba de que el sexo no es esencia en lo entendido. ¡Víctor, víctor! Prodigio fue, y aun milagro; pero no estuvo el prodigio en vencerlos, sino en que ellos se den por vencidos. ¡Víctor, víctor! ¡Qué bien se ve que eran Sabios en confesarseContinue reading “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz on Saint Catherine of Alexandria”

Lili Loofbourow, “The Male Glance”

If we were less busy celebrating our perfect vision, we might notice that under the mask we spotted there may lurk a rather interesting and even intentional subjectivity which—in addition to the usual universal human things we all share—has been trained from birth to constantly consider and craft its own performance from a third-person perspective.Continue reading “Lili Loofbourow, “The Male Glance””

Cartas de América #6: feminist nun manifestos and other viceregal drama

In today’s issue of my LatAm newsletter: This 17th-century nun was a savant, playwright, poet, intellectual, and international superstar. You won’t believe what happens next. Cartas de América #6: feminist nun manifestos and other viceregal drama

on the feast of Saint Lucy

She rejected a man and he had her killed. The year was 304. She was twenty years old. This is all we know. This is all we know, but there are stories. He was her mother’s choice; they needed the money. She fled to the tomb of another girl who had been killed for rejectingContinue reading “on the feast of Saint Lucy”

The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente

At first the group met in the Degiorgi family’s home in upscale Recoleta, but decided to officially establish the club at the Monserrat home of another early member, Daniel Bevilacqua, on January 1, 1905. The club’s immediate orders of business were to elect a first president (the commanding, mustachioed goalkeeper Arístides Langone); select their colorsContinue reading “The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente”

A litany of women for the Church

On this International Women’s Day, I am praying this litany from Joan Chittister, OSB. An excerpt: We call on the holy women who went before us, channels of Your Wordin testaments old and new, to intercede for us so that we might be given the grace to become what they have been for the honor and glory of God. Saint Esther, whoContinue reading “A litany of women for the Church”

lorica

When social-media star Essena O’Neill deleted all her accounts this week, she made an ironic splash. She re-edited captions on her Instagram posts: a bikini shot on the beach was now about starvation and obsession, a casual pose by the pool was about how she was paid to wear that dress. She made a videoContinue reading “lorica”

A ‘citizen’ is always unfree

A ‘citizen’ is always unfree, always feels the whole weight of oppressive power upon him, of public opinion, tradition, everyday life, the history of his country. We all know this, because it all took place in our own lives. We know that in the time of the Russian civil war, choice implied death, imprisonment, exile,Continue reading “A ‘citizen’ is always unfree”