Month: February 2004

“In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, desire to have pleasure in nothing. In order to arrive at possessing everything, desire to possess nothing.” John of the …

“I suppose I divide people into two classes: the Irksome and the Non-Irksome. Yes and there are the Medium Irksome and the Rare Irksome.” Flannery O’Connor

Devil’s Feast

Excerpted from my article in the March/April 2001 issue of The Catholic Answer: The full terror of Jesus’ death is well magnified by looking at it through the prism …

“We cannot live without ascribing some meaning to our existence, or act without ascribing some goal to our activity; when philosophy no longer provides men with satisfactory answers to …

After Forty Days

“Jesus brought Satan to a standstill. He alone was able to stare him down. To the extent that we succeed in looking with Christ’s eyes, we too shall see …

A woman wrote to me the other day in response to my article on the f-word. She wrote: “I think most of the seemingly perplexing uses of fuck can …

Silence

“Silence puts man to the test.” “That is what silence itself is: holy uselessness.” “The mark of the Divine in things is preserved by their connection with the world …

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) tended to dislike music. When someone tried to tell him about the merits of a violinist’s performance, Johnson replied, “Difficult, do you call it, sir? I …

Reckless moneymaking, status seeking, womanizing, overeating, addiction to delicacies and snacks, wine tippling, irascibility, anxiety, desire for fame and public recognition, fear of contact with other human beings. Those, …

Ireland yesterday outlawed smoking in pubs. While reading about it, I found this little piece of information: “The catering trade will have to remove all ashtrays and put up …