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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…

The Inherent Evil of Identitarianism

In Part II of The New Philistines, Sohrab Ahmari focuses on the summer 2016 special issue of Artforum magazine that was devoted to “Art and Identity.” Wow. It reminded me of a Seinfeld character’s take on “The Kramer”: after calling the subject in the painting “a loathsome, offensive brute,” he said, “but I can’t look away.” Perhaps the most interesting…

How Do I Quiet My Soul?

This morning, I managed to find enough silence to pick up The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah and Nicolas Diat and read about half-a-dozen pages. The Cardinal’s words remind of Sister Wendy Beckett’s and once again, I’m left asking myself, “How do I do this? Do I even dare?” The passage I’m about to share does a good…

Focus Not on Fear

Magnificat‘s nearly daily, one-page introduction to the life of a saint always ends with a short prayer. Today’s featured saint is Macarius of Ghent, whose was told through prayer that the plague epidemic in Ghent would end upon his death. The plague did indeed come to a halt when his earthly life ended, a few days later on Holy Thursday…

A Fighting Religion

I’ve long been a fan of Archbishop Charles Chaput. I met him in 1998, when he was Archbishop of Denver, and 20-month-old Luke and I were spending a day at the Denver Archdiocese Pastoral Center, as I had been asked to proofread the The Denver Catholic Register before it went to press when the editor was out of town. (I had…