Articles from March, 2013

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The Ugly Beautiful

It’s Holy Thursday today, as you likely know, and this year I am confronted with humanity: humanity in all of its ugly beauty. That’s right. Humanity is beautiful. And humanity is ugly. Sort of like the Cross. Today we commemorate Christ, eating the Last Supper with his dear ones, washing their feet, dipping his hand into a dish to touch a beloved traitor. Jesus must have looked at Judas and remembered the woven tapestry of his life—his birth, his childhood, him ... (Continue reading)

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Out of Control

People like to know where they are going. They like to have directions, to know when and where they will arrive at the end of a journey. They like being in control of a situation, or at least knowing who is in charge and what the plan is. The funny thing is that, in real life, people almost never know any of these things. Not only that, but when human beings try to control things, those things usually end up ... (Continue reading)

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Will you let me be your servant?

Will you let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you? Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant, too. We are pilgrims on a journey, we are trav’lers on the road. We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load. (from a song by Richard Gillard) Holy Thursday is very special to me. In a personal way I can relate to Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles. As an ... (Continue reading)

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Keep it Simple. Stupid.

I don’t know what it is about women, but most of us tend to find relationships utterly fascinating. Get some girls together, and regardless of where the conversation starts, it usually ends up in a discussion centering around interactions between the sexes. In some ways, I find this truly bizarre. I have absolutely brilliant friends in every field imaginable. We could be talking about politics, or investments, or law, or history, or medieval literature, or classic languages, or psychology, or philosophy, ... (Continue reading)

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Immortal Irony

In his short story “The Ambitious Guest,” Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a lot of irony. A lot might actually be an understatement. The story is riddled with irony from the beginning to the rather awful ending. It is primarily a story about a young traveler who has great plans for his life. He believes that it is his destiny to become magnificent and incredibly important, and that when he dies the whole world will know him and remember him. Instead, by ... (Continue reading)

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Late have I loved You

Late have I loved You, beauty so old and so new; late have I loved You... If part of that famous passage from Book Ten in Augustine's Confessions were lifted out of the book and read independently, it could be interpreted as a love letter—a breathtakingly sublime, swooning-in-your-arms ode to one's beloved. In fact, that is exactly what it is: Augustine's passionate declaration of love to his Beloved. It seems fitting to reflect on this passage during Lent. I don't need to have an ... (Continue reading)

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We have a pope

For the past week, a lot of my family's television watching has centered around EWTN and Raymond Arroyo’s coverage of what is going in Rome. (Side note: isn't it impressive that Raymond Arroyo looks exactly the same as he did eight years ago?) My youngest brother (he's ten) is constantly wondering who will be the new Pope. "It's such a big thing," he says. "We need to have our leader." So we watched ETWN and prayed and kept waiting. Shortly after ... (Continue reading)

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The Rush of Being Catholic

Okay, I’m going to do it. You’re probably all Pope-d out as there hasn't been a moment’s break from all things “Pope” since Benedict said, “I’m done” and Francis said, “I’m good to go.” But I’m going to go for it anyways. Today I felt The Spirit, hovering and igniting the world just as He did two thousand years ago in a small room with some scared men. He was vibrant today—like Northern Lights vibrant—rushing through the waters of the Cardinals, giving them wisdom ... (Continue reading)

Lookin’ for Love…

I thought it strikingly ridiculous, during my morning "scroll" the other day, when I came across two hundred pictures of an acquaintances’ acquaintance and her debaucherous evening out. Two hundred pictures taken in about four hours? What is that, a little less than one picture per minute? (I’m strikingly bad at math…) It seems to me that there are more pictures being taken on any given night than there is actual fun being had. Am I missing something? Is the ... (Continue reading)

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A.J. Cronin: Take a look

I thoroughly enjoy books which give great insight to the inner workings of man's character and soul while being breathtakingly eloquent. Character-driven, the substance of my preferred novels are usually heavy with tight-lipped drama and caged passion which cannot seem to break its chains, and usually span years and decades in their timelines. Reading, for me (and I would hope for everyone) is not just a form of entertainment by which one passes time: it is the stepping into worlds; ... (Continue reading)

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