03/01/1991

The scene is Tamil Nadu in South India. An elderly man with white hair and beard sits in meditative posture in a thatched but near the banks of the River Cavery. He is dressed in the ocher robe of a Hindu sannyasin—an ascetic who has renounced all possessions. Yet this man is not a Hindu [...]

The scene is Tamil Nadu in South India. An elderly man with white hair and beard sits in meditative posture in a thatched but near the banks of the River Cavery. He is dressed in the ocher robe of a Hindu sannyasin—an ascetic who has renounced all possessions. Yet this man is not a Hindu [...]

My patron saint is, fittingly, Joan of Arc. "Joan" was the closest to any of my names in Butler's Lives of the Saints, but I also found her to be one of the most admirable female saints. It was a plus that she was French, since my own mongrel European heritage includes a few Gauls. [...]

Moral Realism and the Middle East Editor's note: The Archbishop of Washington gave the following homily at St. Matthew's Cathedral on January 17, 1991, the first day of Operation Desert Storm. War is never easy; it involves the lives of our brothers and sisters, it involves so many families in the Archdiocese of Washington and [...]

Editor's note: Margaret Thatcher delivered the following speech in Edinburgh, Scotland, late in her term as prime minister. Reading recently, I came across the starkly simple phrase: "Christianity is about spiritual redemption, not social reform." Sometimes the debate on these matters has become too polarized and given the impression that the two are quite separate. [...]

We owe a profound debt of gratitude to Professors Barry Cooper and Peter Emberley for their efforts in bringing to light the hitherto unknown correspondence between Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin, two of the great philosophic luminaries of our age. (In addition to Strauss and Voegelin's letters, Faith and Political Philosophy, scheduled for publication later [...]

In a society characterized by a sexual revolution, it should not be surprising that the Catholic Church has something to say. The Bible itself lays the groundwork for how we are to live our sexuality. God created us male and female and ordered us to be fruitful and multiply. But, until recently, what it means [...]

Although I was born Episcopalian and embraced evangelical Protestantism because it takes religion much more seriously, of late I have found myself sorely tempted by the riches of the Catholic faith. I find myself most strongly propelled in that direction when Protestant clergy reveal their trendier-than¬thou mentality; for example, when Bishop John Spong of Newark, [...]

It was a bitter cold day in March 717 years ago that Thomas Aquinas died among the Benedictines in the hills south of Rome, in his forty-ninth year. On the feast of St. Nicholas three months earlier he had stopped writing. After a vision of God, he felt contempt for what he had done—it seemed [...]

Wars and rumors of war are familiar themes in Scripture and familiar themes in the daily press. Indeed, the very expression of "wars and rumors of war" is from Matthew 24:6. We stumbled into a small war about a year after the largest threat of the modern era seemed to collapse by not fighting, though [...]

I knew it was over when I heard the finality in his voice. To the telephone caller he replied, "She did." It wasn't a question. More words exchanged, and then my husband put down the receiver. "Mom's gone?" The unnecessary inquiry. "Mom died?" We went to Extended Care, where she was supposed to begin physical [...]

Tom must have been relieved by the time it was over. The telephone line had been disconnected days before. Most of the shelves sat empty and bare as though ravaged, and the last few books leaned at random angles. Tables and chairs were shoved aside with the latest exodus. Boxes, the most telling and undeniable [...]

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