DOG DAYS

We are in the midst of those days (typically, but not universally, from mid-July through August) which we might think were named for our being “dog-tired,” mostly because of the humidity that piles on top of the heat.  But no, that would be too simple (and too...

THE CHURCH: “DIVERSE” IN A DIFFERENT WAY

Saints commemorated this week include a wide variety:  clergy and laity, royalty and well-to-do, 1st century through 20th century.  Who are they, and what can they collectively teach us? Question #1 is easy:  Clare, founder of the Poor Clares (the “2nd...

ANOTHER HERO??

This is not my last hero—just the last one I’ll be writing about in any detail.  He is St Thomas More, A Man For All Seasons.           I learned about More early on in childhood, reading lives of the saints, but my...

STILL MORE HEROES…

Again, this is no surprise:  my next hero is St Ignatius Loyola (happily, his feast-day is this coming Wednesday, 31 July).  But my attachment to Ignatius is qualitatively different from the attachment I have to St Francis of Assisi....

MORE HEROES

I recently wrote about my primary theological and religious hero, John Henry (Cardinal) Newman.  And I observed that I regard him even higher than another “hero,” C S Lewis.  But you probably know I have other “heroes,” and I’d like to tell you about some of...