Optimism, pessimism and the ‘little book’

The news right now has been absolutely awful. There isn’t anything that people can really do, and so we reach for social media campaigns and slogans to feel like we’re doing something. In the face of the mass killings in Beirut, in Paris, in Kenya, there isn’t much point in talking … and so we talk more than ever. And what do we say? We want to share upbeat messages, think about peace, reach…

Gay marriage: Did we start it?

A last thought concerning the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage in our country. Is it possible that the dysfunction that led to this began with us? When did the first symptoms of cancer begin to show in the sacrament of marriage? A couple quick graphs:       I can’t help asking, not for the first time, what spirit was afoot in the post-WWII decades? Is it really that surprising that subsequent generations would grow increasingly…

St. Patrick & company

“So be amazed, all you people great and small who fear God! … If I am most looked down upon, yet he inspired me before others, so that I would faithfully serve the nations … to whom the love of Christ brought me.” St. Patrick, Enlightener of Ireland