In This Season of Weddings, Remember the Divorced

Ah, Spring ~ the season that inevitably, and rightly, hails a punishing schedule of weddings. The season of wedding bells begins with the earth's pivot at the vernal equinox and does not relent until we turn the clocks back in the fall. It is a glorious explosion of happiness.  I feel grateful to see so many young people I love and admire sally forth withal in nuptial optimism.Even so, let us remember the divorced people. Weddings are bruising for them, especially in the context of the … [Read more...]

5 Timely Lessons from the Saint of Writers and Pilgrims

Many of you are aware that I am a beloved devotee of St. Francis of Assisi and in fact have written a book about him. There is another "St. Francis," however, who often gets overshadowed by his wildly popular predecessor. I mean St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622), a French bishop whose views about "holy imagination" have benefitted those in the literary trade who also happen to possess spiritual sensibilities. (He has been deemed "The Patron Saint of Writers.")I have read his book Finding G … [Read more...]