Why I Don’t Like Working at Soup Kitchens

Last week I served at the Emmaus Soup Kitchen. The next day, Sr. Mary who runs the kitchen asked me how my experience was. I hesitated before telling her the truth; I didn’t like it and actually, I don’t like soup kitchens in general. [Read more…]

Poverty: Advent Has Its Own Gifts

An argument with the spouse: his small, innocent observation unleashes the ghost of a thousand arguments past, complete with its burden of chains. Marriage is like that sometimes: after two or three decades together, every fight recapitulates all fights. I hate feeling this way: poverty. The end of the semester. The beginning, and for that [Read More…]

The Invisible Hand — of God

“When the happiness or misery of others depends in any respect upon our conduct, we dare not, as self-love might suggest to us, prefer the interest of one to the interest of many.”  Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Book 3, Sec. 1, Chapter 3. “(What) improves the circumstances of the greater part (of society) can [Read More…]