Tag: Saint Augustine

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…

The Ongoing Battle

Today’s Gospel reading is Matthew 23:1–12, in which Jesus warns against performing good works only to be seen and applauded by others. In fact, the psalms, other readings, and Magnificat’s meditation all revolve around warnings against pride. This is not the first time I’ve seen the introduction to the psalm chosen for Prayer for the Morning. I’ve read it often,…

Recognizing Limits

Back in January of 2013, First Things published an article with a provocative title: “Against Great Books.” It was written by Patrick J. Deneen, associate professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame. I printed the article, and it has languished in my studio for years. I reread it today and found it to be another important take on…