Back to the basics

BACK TO THE BASICS It’s tempting to wonder whether the world has gone mad. Although history holds many gloomy, erratic, and downright inhumane secrets, when faced with Church scandal, government shutdowns, and people arrested for “misgendering” someone, it’s all too easy to slip into despondency. Confidence in very core components of society has been tested: that…

Listening

GIVE THE GIFT OF LISTENING One of the first things that struck me as a new immigrant to the US was the convincing emphasis on speaking up. Hearing phrases like “speak up,” “make your voice heard,” or “speak your mind” really made an impression on me. One of the new idioms that I remember being…

Virtues

If the cardinal virtues are essential to the Christian life—the Latin root “cardo” indicating that all virtues “hinge” on them—then not only must I think about developing them in my own life. I should be fostering them in my children, too. I felt pretty daunted when I started to think about building the virtues of…

Transformed

TRANSFORMED BY REJECTION I learned a lesson a few years ago that changed how I view life, one that has been a real source of inspiration to make career and life changes. At the time, my son was a freshman in an all-boys prep academy and wanted to return to a sport he loved as…

Is the devil real?

ARE WE SAFE? TALKING ABOUT THE DEVIL We were halfway through Tomie dePaola’s story of St. Christopher, and it was too late to shut the book—my four-year-old was already riveted. I turned the page, and the still-pagan Christopher ran smack into the devil.  There he was, claws, tail, and pot-belly, and not looking particularly terrifying,…