TWIN SAINTS

This Thursday is the Memorial of Saints Cosmas and Damian.  They are worth getting to know.           According to the tradition, they were twin brothers, born in Syria, and they were physicians.   Contrary...

GLORYING IN THE CROSS

As Catholics (and as many other Christians), we think nothing shameful about wearing a cross or crucifix (unless, of course, we’re reluctant to “identify” as believers).  But do we think of what we are doing and saying when we wear it?...

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER

This coming Friday, 13 September, is the Memorial of St John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople and Doctor of the Church.  He was a vehement opponent of what he saw as corruption, especially corruption in the imperial court, and he was exiled by the Empress...

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...