Why a Year Dedicated to Faith? Reply

Finding the Right Door

Have you ever experienced the following: you are at someone’s house for the first time and you need to use the restroom. You ask where it is and they tell you, “down the hall to the left.” You go down the hall and you find two doors. You open the first one and you say to yourself, “Oh, oh, wrong door!” Lesson? To get to the right room you have to open the right door.

Pope Benedict in his Apostolic Letter proclaiming a “Year of Faith” More…

The Eucharistic Message of the Child in the Manger 1


It’s remarkable that even though the infant Jesus couldn’t speak, from the first moment of his birth, he was proclaiming that he is the Bread of Life. It’s as if is impatient to institute the Eucharist.

The word Bethlehem in Hebrew means “house of bread” and it’s also no coincidence that Jesus rested in a feeding trough—a “manger” sounds much more quaint, but that’s what it was.

So let’s take a moment to pause and reflect on Jesus, the Bread of Life.


Look Mom, They’re Naked! 4

When Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George came under fire earlier this week for comparing the LGBT movement to the Ku Klux Klan, I immediately thought of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. I’m sure you are familiar with the story, so this video featuring the Cardinal’s interview on Fox News and some shots from the Chicago Gay Pride Parade might give you some idea about what I mean.


Orthodox Traditions in Secular Art Reply

The Christmas season is a great time to visit museums. Today I joined a group of my students at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, where I stumbled across a real gem of a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, a portrait of Madame Marie Joseph-Michel Ginoux:

Madame Ginoux

While most people see Van Gogh as avant-guard trendsetter, More…

Pope Benedict’s Five Goals for the New Evangelization 1

You Cannot Believe and Remain Silent.

One of those annoying experiences in life is when a friend tells you they saw someone you wanted to meet, but forgot to let you know so that you weren’t able to see that person.

A few years ago a friend of mine got really angry at me because More…

Nietzsche and Neuroscience Reply

Thereupon, in the year 2006 or 2026, some new Nietzsche will step forward to announce: “The self is dead”—except that being prone to the poetic, like Nietzsche I, he will probably say… “The soul, that last refuge of values, is dead, because educated people no longer believe it exists.”

Thomas Wolfe, “Sorry, But Your Soul Just Died”

In Thomas Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons, More…