The Virtue of Being Unreasonable

The Virtue of Being Unreasonable"The pagan, or rational, virtues are such things as justice and temperance, and Christianity has adopted them. The three mystical virtues which Christianity has not adopted, but invented, are faith, hope and charity... The first evident fact, I say, is that the pagan virtues, such as justice and temperance, are the sad virtues, and that the mystical virtues of faith, hope, and charity are the gay and exuberant virtues. And the second evident fact, which is … [Read more...]

There’s Something About Mary…

There's Something About Mary...There's something about Mary. That is for sure. Prior to becoming a Catholic, I recall some heated discussions surrounding the topic of Mary. My wife  (a Catholic) and I (a Lutheran) had declared our religious scuffles a stalemate and were alternating Sundays between Catholic and Lutheran churches. Knowing that we were serious about one another, our faith, and the value of a religious upbringing of future children, the impasse over our religious home grew more … [Read more...]


Letters..."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 a … [Read more...]

Priests – There is something special about them…

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 … [Read more...]

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

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas 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 … [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 oneWho mowed it in the dew before the sun.The dew was gone that made his blade so keenBefore 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 pa … [Read more...]