Why This Commencement Address Matters…


"The endless cycle of idea and action, Endless invention, endless experiment, Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness; Knowledge of speech, but not of silence; Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word. All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance, All our ignorance brings us nearer to death, But nearness to death no nearer to GOD. Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in … [Read more...]

Doubt, Duty & Deliverance…D-Day at 70


 "When I think of the beaches of Normandy choked with the flowers of American and British youth and when, in my mind's eye I see the tides running red with blood, I have my doubts, Ike. I have my doubts." - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower on the eve of D-DayIt is hard to imagine these words were ever uttered by the jowly, defiant, cigar-champing lion of resistance, Winston Churchill. But they were. And who could blame him? The … [Read more...]

What Georges Bernanos Taught Me About Saints


  "Our hearts are with those in the front line, with those who get killed." - Georges BernanosIt is said that when Georges Bernanos was asked why he became a writer, he answered quite plainly,"I began to write to escape from this disgusting era". Alive for merely sixty years (1888-1948), the French Catholic Bernanos spent his life in Europe during the darkness of World War I and the Spanish Civil War . Subsequently, he endured the evisceration and emasculation of his homeland as an … [Read more...]

I, Thou & Adolf Hitler


 “I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses.”—  - Adolf HitlerI had often sensed it. Yes I have. But Martin Buber plainly and expertly put it into words. While reading Emery de Gaal's brilliant theological/philosophical biography of Pope Benedict XVI, The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI: The Christocentric Shift, I came across the reference to Buber's 1923 influential work, I and Thou. I had never heard of it before. In it, Buber propos … [Read more...]

Revisiting A Simple Truth: “Jesus Is Still Lord”


Supper at Emmaus by Michelangelo Merisi da CaravaggioYears ago, during my highbrow adolescent period reading books like The Scandal Annual or Man Suffocated By Potatoes, I came across an anecdote that has never left me. As the story goes, a Pittsburgh Steeler player was being interviewed after a devastating loss in a pivotal game. Approached by the journalist about his emotions in the wake of the defeat, the player smiled, looked him square in the eyes and said, "Jesus is still Lord." And … [Read more...]

Dante, The Inferno & the Pursuit of the Straight Path


 "At the mid-point of the path through life, I found  Myself lost in a wood so dark, the way Ahead was blotted out." - Dante Alighieri And so would begin one of the best known epic poems ever written, Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy. It had been years since I read extended excerpts assigned to us by Mrs. Holthaus in our 11th grade Humanities class. The poem is broken down into three sections, Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Heaven). Each section is furthe … [Read more...]