Adolphe-William Bouguereau, Charity. The Look of Divine Love

“It is godlike to love the being of someone” (Gilead, Marilynne Robinson). In this short sentence from her novel Gilead, the author, Marilynne Robinson, expresses the deep, unflinching love of a father for his son. The Gospel of Luke provides an image of this love as the father runs toward his scraggy, prodigal son. Resolved, persistent, and old... [Read more...]

Rembrandt van Rijn, Flight into Egypt You Too Were Strangers

Having heard a very different speech earlier in the day, my Dominican brothers and I sat down in our chapel a few Fridays ago and heard these words from the Prophet Moses: On your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them… He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love... [Read more...]

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. G. K. Chesterton says that “it is characteristic... [Read more...]

Let’s Eat.

Editor’s note: This is the first post in a series highlighting the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Like any good native South Carolinian, I’ve spent a healthy amount of time in Charleston, one of the best cities our country has to offer. Its natural charm and consistent upkeep on preserving its cultural... [Read more...]

The Roots of Charity

This summer, I have been working in Youngstown, Ohio, at the St. Vincent de Paul Society Soup Kitchen. Each day, we feed about 200 of the poor in the city. Some are homeless, some have been abandoned, some are sick or disabled, but all of them need mercy, and all of them are beloved of Christ. This is something St. Vincent de Paul can show us, something... [Read more...]

Love’s Perspective

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” – Fr. Zossima (Brothers Karamazov) People are people, and people have opinions that can be emotive when provoked. Married couples get into occasional tiffs when they disagree with each other. This may be hard to believe and possibly scandalizing, but it turns... [Read more...]

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