"There are many sorts of letters. But there is one unmistakable sort, which actually caused letter-writing to be invented in the first place, namely the sort intended to give people in other places any information which for our or their sake they ought to know." (emphasis mine) - Cicero writing letter to Gaius Scribonius, 59 B.C.Ours is a day and age of incredible technological achievement. We are witnesses to daily strides in medicines, a revolution in genetics, computerized advances in … [Read more...]

Priests – There is something special about them…

"Merely as a necessary duty and to prevent me from falling into a mare's nest, [Father O'Connor] told me certain facts he knew about perverted practices which I certainly shall not set down or discuss here... In my own youth I had imagined for myself any amount of iniquity; and it was a curious experience to find that this quiet and pleasant celibate had plumbed those abysses far deeper than I. I had not imagined that the world could hold such horrors..." "When we returned to the house, we … [Read more...]

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Remembering what it’s all about

A Charlie Brown Christmas - Remembering what it's all about

 Charlie Brown: I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn't have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don't know what Christmas is all about. [shouting in desperation]Charlie Brown: Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?Linus: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.[moves toward the center of the stage]Linus: Lights, please.[a spotlight shines on Linus]Linus: "And there were in the … [Read more...]

The Tuft of Flowers by Robert Frost – Respecting the importance of community

The Tuft of FlowersBY ROBERT FROSTI went to turn the grass once after one Who mowed it in the dew before the sun. The dew was gone that made his blade so keen Before I came to view the levelled scene. I looked for him behind an isle of trees; I listened for his whetstone on the breeze. But he had gone his way, the grass all mown, And I must be, as he had been,—alone, As all must be,' I said within my heart, Whether they work together or apart.' But as I said it, swift there … [Read more...]

A Catholic Thinker’s Road to Catholicism

Humbly, I start this series of posts...Perhaps, a little background is in order.I spent years as a Protestant (a hybrid of Lutheran/Methodist) and feel blessed to have had a wonderful Christian upbringing. I had a family devoted to prayer and attending church. I felt close in my relationship to Christ and felt this guided me into my career as a physician. During my youth, Catholicism was little more than an "alternative denomination" to me. It had more to do with Saints, Mary, Rosaries, and … [Read more...]