Badges of Shame, and of Honor

Decades ago, a six-year sojourn in Canada acquainted me with the awe in which the denizens of that snowy realm hold the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Many a northern lad could dream no grander dream than growing up to join the ranks of these bravest of all servants of Queen and Country. In one fatefulContinue reading “Badges of Shame, and of Honor”

Dispelling the Sorrows of Hell

The sorrows of death surrounded me, The sorrows of hell encompassed me: and in my affliction I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice from his holy temple. Psalm 17:5-7 Jean Paul Sartre was half right when he nihilistically complained: hell is other people. What he ought to have said is: “Hell isContinue reading “Dispelling the Sorrows of Hell”

True and False Equity

“In the beginning, God created heaven, and earth” (Genesis 1:1). Shortly thereafter, Satan fell from heaven, and led the inhabitants of earth astray. Both of the Devil’s sins—refusing to serve the Lord, and recruiting others into his rebellious ranks—are rooted in an appeal to what contemporary culture falsely calls “equity”—a squishy concept by which puerileContinue reading “True and False Equity”

Holy Justice

A major section of Saint Catherine of Sienna’s Dialogues addresses the widespread corruption afflicting the Holy Catholic Church, then (as now). The root cause of such corruption is, of course, personal, as is the case with the saintly governance practiced by those ministers who have been true to their divine calling. As for the saints:Continue reading “Holy Justice”

An Infinite Thing

Your desire is an infinite thing. Were it not, no virtue would have value or life. For I who am infinite God want you to serve me with what is infinite, and you have nothing infinite except your soul’s love and desire. Eternal Truth to St. Catherine of Sienna What do you think? Please comment, subscribe, &Continue reading “An Infinite Thing”

Watching the Watchmen Wobble

It is surely a profound relief to many an American breadwinner, whose workmates may happen to number a hundred or more, to learn that the highest court in the land will not countenance the attempts of a distant agency, charged with maintaining workplace safety, to force his employer to treat him as a guinea pigContinue reading “Watching the Watchmen Wobble”

Where Honor is Due

Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen,Let honor to thee, O God, be sung;Dir sei Lob und Dank bereit.For thee, let praise and thanks be prepared!Dich erhebet alle Welt,All the world exalts thee,Weil dir unser Wohl gefällt,Because our welfare is pleasing to thee;Weil anheutBecause today,Unser aller Wunsch gelungen,All our wishes have been achieved;Weil uns dein Segen soContinue reading “Where Honor is Due”