Max Planck’s Mighty Minimum

Suppose for instance someone maintained that there is a minimum magnitude; that man with his minimum would shake the foundations of mathematics. So prophesied Aristotle...

The Weak Little Bird: Saint Thérèse and Strangers and Sojourners

“How can a soul as imperfect as mine aspire to the possession of the plenitude of Love? O Jesus, my first and only Friend,...

Saint Dominic Savio, A Model for Youth

May 6th is the traditional feast of St Dominic Savio, the holy teenager who embraced the spirituality of St John Bosco and the Salesian...

What ‘Following the Science’ Really Means: The Limits of Medicine and Moral Freedom

If there is one thing that is omnipresent in empirical research, it is doubt. This line has always stuck with me, from a methodology textbook...

Evening Wear and the New Evangelization

There are not a great number of occasions to which I get to wear a tuxedo, but when I was asked by a friend...

Herod, The Baptist and Conformity to the World

While I was away, relishing the world God has created (see my last post), we celebrated the memorial of the beheading of Saint John...

Franz Schmidt’s “The Book with Seven Seals” — an Oratorio of the Apocalypse

The Book of Revelation, also known as the Apocalypse, stands as one of the most image-laden parts of Scripture, and as such, there is...

Three Settings of the Ave Regina Caelorum: Lobo, Palestrina and Victoria

Alonso Lobo (1555 - 1617) was a Spanish composer, a near-contemporary of the great Palestrina and Victoria, famous during his lifetime, and considered their...

John Lukacs on Democracy and Populism

Hungarian John Lukacs (1924-2019) was born to a Catholic father and a Jewish mother. He studied history at the University of Budapest and fled...

Our Lord’s Passion

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder!”  We sometimes hear this expression in a romantic context, as when married or courting couples are temporarily separated...