There is a malady among us, a plague that is far more sinister than the coronavirus. While the coronavirus itself can only harm the body, this virus corrupts the thoughts of men and induces them, step by step, to commit acts of mass murder— in some cases, to slaughter innocent children. It is a virus … Continue reading Death Within, Devastation Without
Up until recently, I didn't have a very firm opinion on nuclear warfare. I was aware there were Catholics who argued both for and against the use of atomic weapons (See WCCLE 5.1, setting: Teton National Forest, characters: Graham Harrison and Duncan Nobles), but I hadn't done enough research or thinking about the topic to … Continue reading “What Are We Making Weapons For?”: One Catholic’s Perspective on Nuclear Warfare
Yesterday, psychologist and bestselling author Jordan Peterson decided to take a break from Twitter after posting a picture of a plus size model on the cover of Sports Illustrated and saying, "Sorry. Not beautiful." He then proceeded to criticize the choice of model, calling it "authoritarian" as though it were meant to re-wire our brains … Continue reading Is the Body Positivity Movement Really So Bad?
Last weekend, I went to a local farmer's market for the first time and fell prey to the booth of local children's book authors. One particular book caught my eye and I started to flip through it. As soon as I picked it up, an old man behind the booth started to tell me about … Continue reading “C’est la BONNE vie!” A Lesson on the Good Life from Tee-Blanc Sambeaux
So there I am, trying to follow my daily routine and put in two hours of work while Evangeline plays and Irene naps. Evangeline approaches my desk with a large bag of raisins she managed to pull out of the bungee-corded snack drawer (so much for my toddler proofing; she always finds a way). She … Continue reading Picking Up Raisins
This past week has been rough for my family's Lenten moderation. Since we were on spring "break" (adulthood imparts more than a little irony to that term), we decided to travel and visit family. This naturally induced us to forget or soften our Lenten resolutions; it is not easy to turn down gifts, food or … Continue reading The Immoderate Irish
Psyche at the Throne of Aphrodite, Edward Hale, 1883 Probably the greatest of the Greek myths has to be the story of Psyche and Eros. No matter how many times I recall this tale, I am always drawn into the details of the story, feeling deeply for every joy and sorrow of Psyche. I feel … Continue reading On Psyche’s Impossible Tasks and the Little Way of Wooing God
I recently listened to one of those Google Talks by Dr. Barbara Oakley on the topic, "Learning How to Learn." Although a completely secular audience and atmosphere, I was impressed with the humility and magnanimity of this woman. This lovely lady did not fall into the jargonny academicism that so many PhD's can fall into. … Continue reading Don’t Follow Your Passions, Broaden Them!
For the past year, I have been slowly moving through my resolution to finally complete Owen Barfield's Poetic Diction. (Barfield, Owen. Poetic Diction: a Study in Meaning. Wesleyan Univ. Pr., 1973). It is a relatively short but dense account of the philosophy of poetry that deserves a lot of time and annotations. Without the impetus … Continue reading We Are Bound to Our Times
Names are so wonderful! Letters put together, sounds uttered by vocal chords, and yet, these words have the power to express a particular person, a unique image of God! What an amazing thing that God lets us name our children. What a sacred privilege and a solemn duty we parents have to bestow upon our … Continue reading Encomium to Evangeline on her Second Birthday!