Why Tradition Matters

Why Tradition Matters"There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, "I don't see the use of this; let us clear it away." To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: "If you don't see the use of it, I certainly won't let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see … [Read more...]

Finding My Way to Orthodoxy

Finding My Way to Orthodoxy"Have you ever read this?". These were the words I remember him saying to me. Scott was a third-year medical student. For six weeks, we had worked together on an inpatient internal medicine rotation where I served as his senior resident. The role of a resident is to mentor the medical students who are still quite wet behind the ears. On starting the internal medicine rotation, medical students have recently emerged from the crypt-like classrooms where for eight … [Read more...]

The Holy Family and the Indispensability of Sacred Art

The Holy Family and the Indispensability of Sacred Art-----------------------------------------------------------     "I did once say that to me art and the saints are the greatest apologetic for our faith."- Pope Benedict XVI------------------------------------------------------------     Years ago, as a young university student, I was privileged to sing in the college choir. Perhaps the greatest honor of my singing career was embarking on a European tour with concerts in some … [Read more...]

The Dangerous Euphemism of Progress

  The Dangerous Euphemism of Progress     When I was a young man, I was captivated by the movie, "Jurassic Park". The movie (based on the best-selling book by Michael Crichton) portrays a brilliant, but ill-fated endeavor to genetically recreate and reintroduce dinosaurs to a lush, "secure" jungle paradise. Once complete, the presumed failsafe enterprise would be marketed as an unparalleled safari-amusement park. The premise of the book and movie were extraordinary because they wedded naive s … [Read more...]

“What is Truth?”

"What is Truth?"Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?"- John 18:37-38     "What is truth?". Perhaps one of history's greatest ironies is embodied in this question. Imagine, for one moment, the scene. A self-absorbed, decorated Roman politician is annoyed at the cons … [Read more...]