• On hallowing our diminishments

    Feb 23, 2020

    Thirty years ago, John Jungblut wrote a short pamphlet entitled, On Hallowing Our Diminishments. It’s a treatise suggesting ways we might frame the humiliations and diminishments that beset us through circumstance, age, and accidents so that, despite the humiliation they bring, we can place them under a certain canopy so as to take away their shame and restore to us some lost dignity.

  • Community solidarity in the face of coronavirus

    Feb 16, 2020

    Some years ago — I can’t remember exactly when — a relative gave me a book called Pandemic. I flipped through the pages and found it grim, depressing reading, as it predicted the likelihood of a global epidemic. I put it away – though now I wish I had read it back then. There were enough problems in the world; this one could wait, I thought.

  • Magnanimity

    Feb 16, 2020

    Once during a baseball game in high school an umpire made very unfair call against our team. Our whole team was indignant and all of us began to shout

  • On self-hatred and guilt

    Feb 08, 2020

    Recently on the popular television program, Saturday Night Live, a comedian made a rather colorful wisecrack in response to an answer that Nancy Pelosi had given to a journalist who had accused her of hating the President.

  • Move towards a more progressive taxation system

    Feb 07, 2020

    St Francis of Assisi was well known for his “preferential option for the poor”, eight centuries before our time. When Francis heard a voice telling him repair to the church as it was “falling into ruins”, he took it literally, thinking that the Lord meant him to physically repair ruined churches.

  • Are we the most insane species?

    Jan 23, 2020

    “Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this Nature he’s destroying is this God he’s worshipping.” ? Hubert Reeves, French Canadian astrophysicist and populariser of science.

  • The little way

    Jan 22, 2020

    Most of us have heard of St. Therese of Lisieux, a French mystic who died at age 24 in 1897 and who is perhaps the most popular saint of the last two centuries.

  • Proofs for the Existence of God

    Jan 17, 2020

    One of the most famous of these was Thomas Aquinas who produced five different logical ‘proofs’. For example, this is the algebra of one of his arguments: imagine walking down a road and finding a stone.

  • ‘Environmental conversion’ needed to build a new creation

    Jan 17, 2020

    The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s action in making public audio tapes of conversations between certain elite personalities in the former administration and even a foreign leader is commendable.

  • No room at the inn — in the 19th Century

    Jan 10, 2020

    The other day, I glanced at my bookshelf and my eyes fell on Les Miserables, a book I had planned to read two dozen years ago.