The Ultimate Act of Humility and Glory

The Ultimate Act of Humility and Glory

The more science shows of the universe, the more its beauty almost takes one’s breath away. There is nothing about it that could be called vulgar or in bad taste, for those are categories applicable only to what humans on our little planet do with things. It is possible to mock the harmony of the…
Respect for Human Dignity found in Civility and Decent Behavior

Respect for Human Dignity found in Civility and Decent Behavior

As a schoolboy, George Washington copied out in elegant script the 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation. Later on, our first President tried to figure out how a head of state who was not a monarch should conduct himself with his fellow citizens. His solution was to be a gentleman, obedient to…
Humility and Sanity can Change the World!

Humility and Sanity can Change the World!

Thirty-five years ago I admired the neo-Gothic buildings of a Catholic college in Westchester County. But I was surprised to find that the confessional in the beautiful chapel was being used as a broom closet. There had been some misunderstanding about aggiornamento, or bringing the practice of the Faith up to date. That was the College…
Mary’s “Yes” in Today’s World

Mary’s “Yes” in Today’s World

There is a law that the time required to complete a task matches the time available. The feast of the Annunciation fits conveniently in the Lenten cycle this year, as the season comes unusually late. Our Lady conceived when she said “Yes” to the Creator. Many today are saying “No.” In some parts of our…
The Great Saint Patrick, Ireland Today, Nigerian Catholics and True Heroism

The Great Saint Patrick, Ireland Today, Nigerian Catholics and True Heroism

The holy patron of our archdiocese [the Archdiocese of New York] was a contemporary of Saint Augustine. While Augustine of north Africa became one of the greatest Doctors of the church, Patrick of Roman Britain humbly called himself uneducated, even though he was schooled in France by Saint Germaine of Auxerre and possibly Saint Martin…
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