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MICHAEL HICKEY

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  • Words of Wisdom: Children and the Gospels Published 02/16/2010 at 12:21 p.m.

    The first three gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, are considered synoptic gospels, because they are very much alike when viewed together, particularly when they are arranged in parallel columns.

  • Words of Wisdom: Haiti brings confrontation with suffering Published 02/10/2010 at 1:12 p.m.

    Just next door to us, our neighbors are suffering today in Haiti.

  • Words of Wisdom: Early Japanese love poetry examined Published 02/01/2010 at 4:34 p.m.

    “The Manyoshu” (Ten Thousand Leaves) contains one of the largest collections of the earliest Japanese love poetry

  • Words of Wisdom: What do we know about the Apostle Paul? Published 01/26/2010 at 1:42 p.m.

    The Apostle Paul has a lot in common with any of us who are Christians on our journey searching for Jesus.

  • Words of Wisdom: Why do we study the words of Chaucer? Published 01/21/2010 at 3:05 p.m.

    The Diocese of Canterbury was the mother church and see of all of England from the year 597, when Augustine was the archbishop, until the death of the last Catholic archbishop, about 1558.

  • Who the heck was Homer? Published 01/14/2010 at 2:20 p.m.

    Homer’s “The Odyssey” and the exploits of its hero, Odysseus, would precede the hero of all of Christianity, Jesus Christ, by perhaps as much as 1,000 years.

  • Words of Wisdom: The historical account of the Holy Graal Published 01/08/2010 at 11:44 a.m.

    The oldest surviving fragments of “The High History of the Holy Graal” (about one-seventh of the original) along with the first manuscript, have been preserved by the French in the city library of Berne.

  • WORDS OF WISDOM: Who was Demosthenes? Published 12/30/2009 at 2:32 p.m.

    According to Aristotle, Oratory is poetics of a different sort. In his “Philosophy of Poetics,” he states, “In the case of oratory, this is the function of the political art of the art of rhetoric and so the older poets ...

  • Words of Wisdom: Virgil and the Roman poets Published 12/29/2009 at 3:54 p.m.

    Virgil, Publius Vergilius Maro, was born a Roman citizen near Mantua, Italy and became a teacher of grammar and rhetoric.

  • Words of Wisdom: Three Greeks you might want to meet Published 12/17/2009 at 2:48 p.m.

    Didactic poetry was not seen by the Greeks to be a separate form of poetry from epic poetry. The earliest form of didactic poetry is attributable to Hesiod, whose name is believed to be a pen name that loosely translates ...

  • Words of Wisdom: Who were the Epicureans and the skeptics? Published 11/25/2009 at 12:03 p.m.

    The Epicureans and the skeptics were two more schools of early philosophers.

  • Words of wisdom: Meet St. Augustine, the man, not the city Published 11/06/2009 at 11:16 a.m.

    Anyone who has visited the beautiful Florida city of St. Augustine knows how rich the city’s past is. But, did you ever wonder just exactly who St. Augustine, a key figure of antiquity, was?

  • Words of Wisdom: The rise of Islam and the Qur’an Published 10/22/2009 at 9:23 p.m. 2 Comments

    Islam means, “total surrender to the will of Allah (God).” The Five Pillars Of Islam are: prayer five times a day; profession of faith; alms; fasting; and pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime.

  • Words of Wisdom: Aesop was a fabled storyteller Published 10/15/2009 at 8:26 p.m.

    Much of the life of the renowned writer, Aesop, is shrouded in mystery. Aesop is said to have lived about 600 B.C., and legend has him being born on the Greek Island of Samos, according to Herodotus.

  • Words of Wisdom: Buddhism is the path to happiness Published 10/08/2009 at 7:58 p.m.

    Buddhism is a religion which, first of all, claims to help people find happiness. This happiness is called, enlightenment by Buddhists and comes about as the result of a transformation which occurs within.

  • Words of Wisdom: Taoism is a way of life Published 10/01/2009 at 10:09 p.m.

    Taoism is a both a religion and a philosophy of life that stresses the essential unity of the universe, reversion, polarization (yin and yang), eternal cycles, leveling of all differences, relativity of all standards, divine wisdom and return of all ...

  • Words of Wisdom: Moses to Moses, there was none like Moses Published 09/24/2009 at 10:16 p.m.

    During the Dark Ages, under Barbarian rule, much of the Greek philosophical literature of Antiquity was lost to the western world. This included any comprehensive knowledge of the works of Aristotle within scholarly Judaism and Christianity.

  • Words of Wisdom: Dead Sea Scrolls supply important data Published 09/17/2009 at 10:11 p.m.

    The Dead Sea Scrolls, also called The Qumran Scrolls, were discovered by two Bedouin shepherd boys in a cave near the Qumran area in the northwestern region of the Dead Sea, in Palestine, in 1947.

  • Words of Wisdom: Early Jewish writings traced to Greece Published 09/10/2009 at 8:57 p.m.

    The word “Judaism” appears for the first time about 170 B.C., in the second book of Maccabees, written in Greek. We find it, for example, in chapter 2, verse 21. Its intended meaning was to contrast the Jewish religion with ...

  • Mystery shrouds origins of popular term Published 08/21/2009 at 12:33 p.m.

    Before the curtain goes up on a play, you will often overhear actors being greeted with “Break a leg!”

  • Wisdom is what you make it Published 08/14/2009 at 10:43 a.m.

    It was Socrates who first said,”Wisdom begins in wonder.”

  • Say hallelujah for the hymns Published 08/07/2009 at 10:56 a.m.

    The word hymn comes from the Greek “hymnos,” meaning song of praise.

  • Art is a mirror of the past Published 07/31/2009 at 10:34 a.m.

    Art communicates in a language of the human spirit, which, similarly to sign language, must be known by both the artist and the perceiver of the art in order to be fully grasped.

  • Poetic visual expressions of light and color Published 07/17/2009 at 1:24 p.m.

    Long before men and women could speak or write, they could see and touch, making visual art the oldest form of communication.

  • Divine poetry of the Renaissance Published 07/10/2009 at 3:38 p.m.

    A worldwide event called the Renaissance, occurring toward the end of the 15th century, during the Middle Ages, had a tremendous affect upon all the cultures of the world.

  • The poet is informed by the muses Published 07/01/2009 at 4:55 p.m.

    “O muses, O high genius, aid me now”

  • Poems plus music equals lyrics Published 06/19/2009 at 3:37 p.m.

    Where a poem is an attempt to try to understand the world in spiritual terms through literary composition, a song could be called a short musical composition of words and music, or a musical-lyrical poem.

  • Once upon a fable... Published 06/17/2009 at 2:35 p.m.

    Fables are like animal poetry. Long before the time of the written word, fables were passed on by word of mouth from generation to generation.

  • Remembering different than not forgetting Published 06/05/2009 at 9:06 a.m.

    Well we just celebrated another Memorial Day, which was established as a national holiday to give us an opportunity to remember those who died in all our wars.

  • Idealism is a virtue of discipline Published 05/29/2009 at 3:06 p.m.

    The virtue of idealism is the practice of forming and having ideals and then attempting to live under their influence.

  • Homer’s works stand tests of time Published 05/26/2009 at 11:01 a.m.

    If it has been 2009 years since the Christ event, then it will have been about 2,800 years since the writings of one of the most classical poets of all time – Homer.

  • What is sacramentality? Published 05/16/2009 at 1:30 p.m.

    The Latin word, sacramentum, is a translation of the Greek word, mysterion. Either can be translated simply as “mystery.”

  • The real feminine mystique Published 05/08/2009 at 3:17 p.m.

    The noted mythologist Joseph Campbell, has said, “Whenever one moves out of the transcendent, one comes into the field of opposites.”

  • Christian fish symbol has a long history Published 04/24/2009 at 2:14 p.m.

    In the early Christian community, one of the symbols that united primitive Christians was the cross of Jesus Christ.

  • The universe is a unity of opposites Published 04/17/2009 at 3:27 p.m.

    In his book, “The Power of Myth,” Joseph Campbell has said, “Whenever one moves out of the transcendent, one comes into the field of opposites.”

  • Love is more than romance Published 04/10/2009 at 4:34 p.m.

    Romance can be defined as, “an adventurous, mysterious and emotional love story or affair, which often lacks basis in fact or is exaggerated and idealized.”

  • Trees are a powerful metaphor for poets Published 04/03/2009 at 5:42 p.m.

    To the poet, a tree often represents, metaphorically, a source of spiritual growth and renewal

  • Poetic meter, rhythm and rhyme Published 03/27/2009 at 5:50 p.m.

    Meter is a systematically arranged and measured rhythm pattern in a literary composition, such as poetry.

  • Psalm shining example of marriage of poetry, music Published 03/19/2009 at 3:08 p.m.

    The word psalm, translated from the Hebrew, originally meant, “a song, accompanied by stringed instruments.” So, the “Book of Psalms,” in the Bible, was originally written as poetry set to music.

  • Myth and its symbols Published 03/13/2009 at 3:54 p.m.

    Myth is a form of poetry. It is a poetic story that expresses a world view and embodies the ideals, beliefs and dreams of a society.

  • Silence is worth far more than gold Published 02/27/2009 at 2:57 p.m.

    First, please forgive all the words I’m writing about silence. I recognize the dichotomy and besides, like any virtue, it is better practiced than spoken about.

  • The circle never can be broken Published 02/20/2009 at 4:41 p.m.

    A circle is a shape whose every point is equidistant from the center. When circles are discussed relating to people; it implies a group that shares a common interest, or that the people’s interests are “centered” on something and the ...

  • Conscience begets consciousness Published 02/13/2009 at 4:54 p.m.

    The word consciousness is derived from the Latin “conscientia,” which primarily means moral conscience. In its literal sense, the word means “knowledge-with” or “shared knowledge.”

  • Mother is always there for you Published 02/06/2009 at 5:08 p.m.

    In poetry, motherhood is often used as a symbol or metaphor for someone who is a source of new life, fertility, a womb-like experience, or one who gives birth to someone or something.

  • Obsession versus persistence Published 01/30/2009 at 1:02 p.m.

    The word obsession denotes an overly persistent and disturbing preoccupation with an unreasonable idea, emotion or feeling. The word’s etymology came into our language from the Latin word obsessus which means “to besiege or beset.”

  • Please, send in more clowns Published 01/23/2009 at 4:47 p.m.

    A clown is a comic character known by ludicrous antics and buffoonery, found in absurd situations, and his/her purpose is to induce laughter through humor.

  • Grace is a gift given selflessly Published 01/16/2009 at 5:22 p.m.

    For many of us, “grace” is what we say before a meal, but the word has a much more pregnant meaning than that. And a long history

  • Words of wisdom: Mountains are mystical places Published 01/09/2009 at 3:08 p.m.

    Poetically, we often speak of a “mountaintop experience.”

  • Words of Wisdom: The origin of originality Published 01/05/2009 at 11:01 a.m.

    In many ways every poem is original in that it expresses the particular and unique world view of the poet who is relating his/her own life experience, personal observation, or individual thought in a brand new way. Like the song ...

  • Words of Wisdom Published 12/28/2008 at midnight 1 Comment

    Trees have been an important influence on poetry, moving many poets inspirationally and emotionally. To the poet, a tree often metaphorically represents a source of spiritual growth and renewal.

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