Category: The Power of Story

Getting to Metanoia

Three things I read this morning played into each other to reinforce a message that, apparently, I need to hear. First there is Saint Augustine, in Magnificat’s meditation of the day: If the Apostles were unbelievers, who is a believer? What are the lambs to do if the rams stumble? However, the mercy of the Lord has not denied them…

Little Observations

The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers by Henri Cartier-Bresson is an interesting, elegant, little book. It’s not long. Its pages number 107, and they are sparsely populated with text and a few images. In this little volume, the famous photographer (who was also an artist and filmmaker), shares some of his thoughts on photography, art, and the people…

Sending Me a Message

It seems that everywhere I turn, I’m finding messages about humility. In today’s Magnificat meditation by Father Gerald Vann, O.P.: Jacques Maritain has some wise words on the parables of the man counting his resources before building a tower and the king counting his army before meeting his enemy in the field: “Which means to say,” he writes, “before setting…

God vs. Caesar

This week’s Gospel reading is from Matthew, 22:15–21, in which the Pharisees try to trip up Jesus by asking Him if it is lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar. Jesus asks to see the coin that is used to pay the tax, points out Caesar’s image on it and says, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar…

I Hear You, Bob

I think Robert Frost and I would have understood each other. The Vantage Point If tired of trees I seek again mankind, Well I know where to hie me—in the dawn, To a slope where the cattle keep the lawn. There amid lolling juniper reclined, Myself unseen, I see in white defined Far off the homes of men, and farther…

The Virtue of Hope

Favorite Poems Old and New got overlooked for a few days, and I missed it. Since editor Helen Ferris chose poems with a young audience in mind, all of the selections could be described as having a positive outlook, but some are better than others. The one I turned to today is one I always enjoy: Hold Fast Your Dreams…

Its Own Confirmation

I started reading Beauty Will Save the World by Gregory Wolfe right after I bought it about five years ago. From the placement of my bookmark, it looks like I abandoned it after chapter seven. Also, the copious underlining ends shortly before chapter eight begins. I pulled it off the shelf this morning after contemplating Dostoevsky’s phrase and doing an…

No Matter

One of the kids has taken Exploring Creation with Biology from me, so I grabbed Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Dr. Jay L. Wile. In the first chapter, I found something that sparked my imagination, because it gives me yet another way of looking at and appreciating the magic of art, especially photography: As far as scientists can tell, light…