TOMORROW IS CHESTERTON DAY! Well, If You’re in Rome, That Is.

I spotted the announcement this morning:  Over on Facebook, Fr. Antonio Spadaro, S.J.—one of the organizers of the Vatican Blogfest—reported enthusiastically that tomorrow is Chesterton Day at La Civilta Cattolica, the College of Catholic Writers of Civilization.So I looked it up.  The panelists!  The topics!  And it’s free!!  Now all I need to do is buy another ticket to Rome, head to the Via di Porta Pinciana….  *     *     *     *     * Well, that’s just silly.  Funny how, when you do someth … [Read more...]

HOW CAN I UNDERSTAND, UNLESS SOMEONE INSTRUCTS ME? The Ethiopian On Your Street

Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 8:26-40) recounts the story of the Ethiopian eunuch. This guy was a powerful officer in the court of the queen, in charge of her entire treasury.  He was riding along through the desert in his chariot, reading the prophet Isaiah, when Philip—who had been prompted by an angel to catch up with the chariot—strode up alongside the eunuch and asked, “Do you understand what you’re reading?” “How can I understand,” asked the eunuch, “unless I have … [Read more...]

SWIMMING THE TIBER: In the Words of Flannery O’Connor, “Here Comes Everybody!”

WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?Actors John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jim Nabors, Faye Dunaway, Vincent Price, Susan Hayward and Patricia Neal Academics and intellectuals Hadley Arkes (Amherst), Mortimer Adler (Great Books), Robert Bork (Yale), G.K. Chesterton Royalty King Charles II ( Great Britain ) Artist Peter Paul Rubens Heroes of the Old West Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday Musician Dave Brubeck Politicians John Ellis (Jeb) Bush and Newt Gingrich Famed coach Knute Rockne … [Read more...]


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