You see the fire was there at the beginning And shows that the light-divisible, is eternal. The Christians know this; for they were followers From the beginning, their path was ours.
They stole the fire from Antioch and said it was their savior– And now their bishops betray our priests, even make Our priests bishops in their temples where the fire Still burns, burns at their altars, The fire that was there At the beginning Showing the light is the light Of truth from the beginning, devouring the darkness.
Our truth was their truth in the beginning In Syria, in Ephesus where we anointed John (Who was not the light) And he anointed Jesu who bore the light and died A priest of the light, Killed by Jews who hate the light. So many have died to kill the light.
Why do so many suffer for the truth? For what hey cannot understand from their many books: the fire destroys the books and becomes stronger with every swallow. But John’s book says what our Prophet has said: The light shone in the darkness, and the darkness Comprehended it not. The word made flesh, that dwelt among us and dwells among us still.
Has been around the blogosphere since 2009. It has been written in Ithaca, Lahore, Khartoum, Beijing and from my island pile on the coast of Maine. Against my better judgement but by my editors’ insistence it has recently become rjosepohhoffmann.com. I cannot hide.
The essays (some of then anyway) have been commissioned for publication and two of my best (unpaid) friends and I are indexing them by subject for an essay collection to be published in 2024. I was thinking of calling the collection “Tales of Hoffmann” but superficial research reveals the title has been taken.
Because they are stitches in time, no editing will be done. They speak for when they were written–passing fancies, issues and [people no longer relevant, some dead, some like those characters ion the Beatles’ “In My Life,” people I once loved, ex-presidents on their way to prion.
Here you will find digressions and polemic, analysis and poetry, essays and assessment. My current gripe is good Pope Francis, the enemy of aesthetics and cultural heritage, who actually had the nerve to follow Professor Ratzinger to Peter’s chair and sit in it. The eternal Jesuit. The moral nimby, enemy of smart and sarcastic people like Voltaire and James Joyce, for all time.
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