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 the use of it, I may … [Read more...]

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 hours a day they were forced to … [Read more...]

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 XVIYears 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 of the greatest cathedrals in the world. Surrounded by the ferocious gargoyles of Notre Dame, standing atop the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, or simply wrenching our necks to peer he … [Read more...]

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 scientific enterprise with fearsome … [Read more...]

“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 consternation generated by wh … [Read more...]