Month: May 2004

Power mowers, power blowers, power edgers. Chain saws and weed whippers. Pervasive, pushing, penetrating noise. “Silence is not just the absence of noise any more than peace is the …

“Many of us feel remorse for our sins, yet we gladly accept their causes.” “Blessed is the monk who looks with great joy on everyone’s salvation and progress as …

On GKC

Miscellaneous snippets about one of the greatest literary post men of the twentieth century In those early years of the twentieth century, a quick-moving age that was experiencing the …

“A great division among the American people has begun–gradually, slowly–to take shape: not between Republicans and Democrats, and not between ‘conservatives’ and ‘liberals,’ but between people who are still …

Dogma Man A few years ago, I was talking with an acquaintance about George Roche’s resignation as president of Hillsdale College in light of allegations that he’d been engaged …

Good Christians are many, if it weren’t for all those maddening people: the whiners, the manipulators, the crooks, the liars, the heretics, the greedy. But Christ put up with …

Essayist Joseph Epstein once described reading as a “lovely, antisocial, splendidly selfish habit.” Selfish? I suppose so, but could one be so unselfish as to deny himself the pleasures …

“As soon as a man satisfies his desire by obtaining what he wants, he starts to desire something else and finds himself empty again; and if he satisfies his …

“When man’s irrational passions are thriving he is not free to pray and to seek the word of God.” Evagrius. Many others, including Augustine, would say that, when a …

“I used to believe, with regard to any problem whatever, that to know was to solve the problem; now I realize that it means to know how the problem …

You ever wonder why people on vacation often have a bad time? I do, and I’ve concluded that—absent obvious things, like flat tires, or missing one’s plane, or getting …