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

Tiber River - Rome

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 … [Read more...]

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul: Chesterton's "The Convert"

On January 25, the Church celebrates the Conversion of the Apostle Paul.  Remember: Paul was en route to Damascus, in his quest to persecute the Christians, when he was thrown from his horse, blinded by a vision of Jesus Christ.People turn their hearts to Christ for many reasons:  They begin to study the scriptures or apologetics, and they are led by their intellects.  Someone in their life, a very holy person, inspires them to dig deeper. They experience a health crisis, or find help in a ti … [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...]


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