Tuesday, 31 December 2019

December 2019

By Rory A.A. Hinton



Sunday December 01, 2019
This is the last month
of the final closing five.
The end is nearer.
How deliberate it was.
How intricate it has been.

Monday December 02, 2019
Pray, praise, and ponder:
this Christian Philosophy
begins in wonder.
Turning from Aristotle
to Thomas through Heidegger.

Tuesday December 03, 2019
Rationality
rules the textual rubric.
Follow the ribbons
and you will never get lost.
Mysticism begins here.

Wednesday December 04, 2019
Liturgical life
is lived hour by hour.
Pray without ceasing?
Putting grammar in action
is done through the breviary.

Thursday December 05, 2019
Working remotely
is the old normal for me.
The banality
of modern corporate culture
keeps me living in my cell.

Friday December 06, 2019
There are some people
who refuse to recognize
when they are at fault.
Pointing out how they are wrong
will get you no where with them.

Saturday December 07, 2019
Following each word
as it appears before me
every three hours
habituates this culture
for this old child of Eve.

Sunday December 08, 2019
When you speak of it
to another person it
becomes real for you.
You transition from abstract
to concrete in a few words.

Monday December 09, 2019
The little office
is all that is required,
for the time being.
It has all the room I need
to complete my daily work.

Tuesday December 10, 2019
The oRatORY
gently appears before me.
No novus ordo.
The usus antiquior
is the only option now.

Wednesday December 11, 2019
At the table's edge
unaware of the ambush
that's about to come.
She is not yet old enough
to fight fire with fire.

Thursday December 12, 2019
At the water's edge
with a very heavy load
that's strapped to his back.
He is not yet old enough
to feel both tired and cold.

Friday December 13, 2019
Suicide attempts
preempt all situations
imaginable.
Everything and everyone
else becomes secondary.

Saturday December 14, 2019
Oratorian life
can be lived hermitically.
This applies to those
of us who happen to be
past the qualifying age.

Sunday December 15, 2019
Feeling paralyzed
by being over exposed
within my own cell.
Merton's "routed and disturbed"
describes this accurately.

Monday December 16, 2019
Removing myself
from and renewing myself
within the center
that is everywhere present
but lacks its own circumference.

Tuesday December 17, 2019
Tidings of comfort
and joy are conspicuous
by their own absence.
Both of these are by-products.
They are not the main concern.

Wednesday December 18, 2019
There's no secrecy
here that I can call my own.
Not disclosing this
must be secrecy enough.
The first rule of privacy.

Thursday December 19, 2019
Tyndale to Tyndall.
I remember as I eat
my Japenese Zen.
As I spoke to both of them
I relived my history.

Friday December 20, 2019
Careful where you step,
because there might be a mine
under this facade.
Don't be late, remain humble,
and know you are not alone.

Saturday December 21, 2019
For the life of him
he simply could not stop it.
So he let it be.
Only the oldest trickster
could outwit this twisted bliss.

Sunday December 22, 2019
It's just a matter
of minding the end game now.
Behold the old things
are finally passing away
before the new things appear.

Monday December 23, 2019
The Theologian
uses the words defective
and misbegotten.
It does not take much to see.
Who am I to disagree?

Tuesday December 24, 2019
Reducing it down
to thirty one syllables.
That is all I get.
It's the daily maximum.
It's the yearly minimum.

Wednesday December 25, 2019
The celebration
of our Lord's incarnation
early this morning
marks the private end of my
relative obscurity.

Thursday December 26, 2019
Hogtown to Beantown
in the span of one lifetime.
The Quaternity:
Bobby Orr, Carlton Fisk,
Larry Bird, and Tom Brady.

Friday December 27, 2019
Then it disappeared
suddenly through the trap door.
Say no more, except:
there are thorns without roses,
but no roses without thorns.

Saturday December 28, 2019
I respect the old
Breviarium Romanum
as the standard text.
It sits on my desk with the
Liturgy Of The Hours.

Sunday December 29, 2019
The key was to look
where all of the keys are kept.
I don't remember
placing it with them at all.
Mindfulness and mindlessness.

Monday December 30, 2019
Evangelical
Calvinism was Newman's
norm for the new man,
until his Damascian
Contrareformatio.

Tuesday December 31, 2019
Let it be written,
so let it be freely done.
Everything is said.
Nothing else is required.
Anything more is wasted.