LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST?

This is (for me, anyway) one of the most poignant of Shakespeare’s plays.  The men wooing (pursuing) the women are filled with some of (again, to me) the most affected and atrocious “love language” imaginable.  They are effectively the equivalent of what in...

MOTHERS AND SONS

This week we will mark the Memorials of Saint Monica and St Augustine, mother and son.  What a pair they made! There was once a commercial for Anacin where the older woman suggests that the dinner needed salt—the reply?  “Mother, please!  I’d rather do...

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...