Narcissus, My iPhone & Me


“If ever he knows himself, he surely dies.” - Blind seer Tiresias to Narcissus' mother, Liriope, when asked if Narcissus will live to an old age My iPhone went dead the other day. Not that it was anything special. Just another episode of me overusing and underpowering this magical handheld device. But something struck me when my screen went black. Suddenly, I thought of Narcissus. It is a beguiling tale to say the least. It is from a small section of Ovid's The Metamorphoses. Narcissus is an e … [Read more...]

On Being Healed By My Children


Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14 "Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice in the most difficult case...The soul is healed by being with children." - Fyodor DostoyevskyWe had just arrived. And I wasn't sure how they would react. In my 7 years of being a father, I have discovered that there are times you are best served by being completely up front with you … [Read more...]

On Suffering, St. Bartholomew & the Murder of James Foley


 St. Bartholomew by Rembrandt van RijnPerhaps it is time for us to reflect on St. Bartholomew. For just a moment. Given what is happening in the world, I would argue that it is a perfect time. Selfishly, it is appropriate because Bartholomew serves as the patron saint of my home parish. And, on a larger scale, the Catholic Church just celebrated his Feast Day on August 24th. But perhaps the execution of journalist and devout Catholic James Foley should call to mind just who St. … [Read more...]

ISIS, Evil & the Crisis of Moral Relativism


Lucifer by Gustave Dore (Dante's Inferno)"The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist." - Charles Baudelaire "For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind." - G.K. Chesterton"That's my boy!" A beaming father tweeted a photo of his seven year-old son. But this tweet was not about his son's game-saving catch or fierce landing of a king salmon or even his strong finish in the local spelling bee. No, Khaled Sharrouf attached this praise to a … [Read more...]

Explaining Robin Williams


Robin Williams is dead. And I still can't believe it. As a five year old in Star Wars pajamas, I remember racing my sisters for the best seat in my parents' bedroom to watch a quirky, kinetic bushy-haired alien clad in striped shirt and rainbow suspenders irresistibly saying "Nanoo-Nanoo". Mork & Mindy was the television series that made Robin Williams a sensation.As I grew older, I remember watching Williams as the squinty-eyed Popeye, the buxom and matronly Mrs. Doubtfire, and the … [Read more...]

Toppling ISIS & the Tyranny of Guilt


 "But what we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be." - G.K. ChestertonIn the last 48 hours, the United States has become involved in attempts to stop the ruthless barbarism of ISIS in Iraq (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now known as Islamic State, but for simplicity further referred to as ISIS in this piece). This radical Islamic movement … [Read more...]