Alonso Cano, The Miracle at the Well. Seeds from Reading

“Pick up and read, pick up and read.” While in a garden, St. Augustine heard these words spoken by a child and was inspired to pick up Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Reading, he received the grace of conversion which spurred him to entrust himself to Christ and seek baptism. Like St. Augustine, St. Ignatius of Loyola’s conversion came through... [Read more...]

In Praise of Useless Nothingness

We value things. Tangible things. Quantifiable things. If a thing can be measured or priced, it has value. However, we tend to appreciate most what is intangible or immeasurable. Activities like reading your favorite book, spending time with friends and family, or worshiping our Creator all lack real quantifiable value. They have no real usefulness,... [Read more...]

Words, Words, Words

A couple of weeks ago, I went with a few brothers to the first installment of the Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series. Gathered around the SummerStage venue in Central Park, we listened—to something. Given the language barrier and the scarcity of bodily expression, I was relegated to the mere appreciation of vocal virtuosity and what touches... [Read more...]