Blood Red Love

Pietro Cavallini, Crucifixion Blood Red Love

The love of St. Valentine goes unrequited on Valentine’s Day. The cities are painted red with roses, lips, young love, and small chalky candies with audacious imperatives: “be true,” “hug me,” “be mine.” Yet, the true red of St. Valentine’s Day comes from the veins of Valentinus, a man... [Read more...]

Fake News Is Great News

A man using a laptop (Olu Eletu) Fake News Is Great News

I have known many men who wished to deceive, but none who wished to be deceived. –St. Augustine “Fake news” has become big news in recent months. How could the proliferation of deliberately fabricated articles be a good thing? It’s in the outcry against fake news, coming from both liberal and... [Read more...]

Highway to Heaven

Highway to Heaven

Editor’s note: This is the third post in a series commenting on the first words of Christ as presented in the Gospels. Let it be so for now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Mt 3:15) In the beginning of the Old Testament, God’s first recorded words are “let there be.... [Read more...]

The Eyes of the Heart

The Eyes of the Heart

“Here is my secret. It is very simple: one sees well only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes.” In Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella The Little Prince, a wise fox whispers this secret into the Prince’s ear. He does so after the two begin a friendship bound for the... [Read more...]

I Spy with My Little Eye

I Spy with My Little Eye

And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger… And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Lk 2:16, 20 Sometimes the shepherd boys in the manger scene look a little too young. Isn’t it a little... [Read more...]

Cold Comfort

Cold Comfort

Ebenezer Scrooge, visited already by several Spirits, “was ready for a good broad field of strange appearances…nothing between a baby and rhinoceros would have astonished him very much.” I’ve had the pleasure of thinking about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol frequently this Advent.... [Read more...]

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