Are we becoming a more and more skill-less World? Modern technology as a flight from reality. “I have known Dr. Taylor for years and I wrote a forward to his book on trinitarian theology and its relation to our vision of Creation. Modern technology as a flight from reality. “This is an important topic on… Read More Quasi-Luddites in a Digital World. Larry Chapp Interviews Dr. Michael Taylor.
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis. “All men naturally desire to know; but what good is knowledge without the fear of God? Indeed a humble husbandman who serves God is better than a proud philosopher who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars. He who knows himself well becomes mean in… Read More Every man naturally desires knowledge
By Thomas Merton. ONE of the most disturbing facts that came out in the Eichmann trial was that a psychiatrist examined him and pronounced him perfectly sane. I do not doubt it at all, and that is precisely why I find it disturbing. If all the Nazis had been psychotics, as some of their leaders… Read More A Devout Meditation in Memory of Adolf Eichmann
How many futile roads there are in this life. I have strayed into some of them. Somehow He always reached after me and showed me the way to penance. 2 Cor. 7:10: “For the sorrow that is according to God worketh penance, steadfast unto salvation; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” Joel 2:12-13: Yet… Read More Penance
Amy Welborn. When Andre Dubus passed away in his Haverhill, Massachusetts home February 25,  obituaries noted the loss of one of America’s finest writers of the short story and certainly one of the most interesting and inspiring figures on the contemporary literary scene. What the secular newspapers failed to emphasize, however, was Dubus’ faith… Read More Andre Dubus 1936-1999
Jesus Christ Shows That Suffering and Peace are not Opposites. We have all been brought up in a culture—which is increasingly becoming a global culture—which says that, through some uncanny stroke of good (?) “luck, ” or “chance” we have been born into theworld; we exist; so now we have to squeeze every last pleasure… Read More Suffering: Breaking With Sin. 1 Pet. 4.
Day after day a million confused emotions ebbed and flowed and sometimes clashed within him. After a time, when he had come to feel particularly ill, and knew that he would soon be placing himself into Hospice, he wondered what he should do at last. It is said that there are two kinds of people:… Read More Seeing The First time
“I wrote Letters from the Desert sitting on the arid dunes of the Sahara. They cost me ten years of suffering, and I love them for that. I tried to place myself naked, poor and alone, in the presence of God’s eternal majesty, totally committed to penetrating the logic of the Gospels, which is inexhaustible. I tried… Read More Carlo Carretto on the Pain of Failing
In Evelyn Waugh’s stunning classic, Brideshead Revisited, there is a scene which presses on my mind these days as I ponder so many forces gathering against a Church weakened greatly by the sins of her own children, both clerical and lay. All of us. It is the time when Sebastian, Lord Alex Marchmain’s idiosyncratic, drunkard, but… Read More Lord Marchmain’s Long Hate
John Paul II: “To do penance means, above all, to re-establish the balance and harmony broken by sin, to change directions at the cost of sacrifice” (Reconciliation and Penance, 26, emphasis added) Looking back, it seems to me I was only somewhat converted (if one can say that) to my Catholic Faith when I was… Read More Late A Disciple