Month: December 2019

  • ‘Is this not a miracle in itself?’

    It’s New Years Eve, and as the year comes to a close I’m reading one of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s sermons and reflecting on the miracle that is every year, that is every month, day, and minute. Every moment we live is a miracle, in that there’s no reason for any of this other than […]

  • Christmas visit to Lewes

    Christmas visit to Lewes

    When I was on the road with my brother last week, our first stop was in Lewes, Delaware to visit Ben Novak and his family. It was a good visit, and we had dinner at Grotto Pizza in Rehoboth Beach, about 20 minutes south of Lewes. On Saturday, the following morning, we got up and…

  • State College and holy families

    State College and holy families

    We’re in State College today, heading back to Philadelphia shortly for New Years with family. I’m here with one of my brothers for a college visit, and it looks like he’ll be a Penn Stater, Class of 2024. We walked the campus last night, which was particularly special because it was as deserted as I’ve…

  • ‘She glares at us in horror’

    Michael Frost writes on Léon Cogniet’s 1824 Scène du massacre des Innocents: If it’s not the greatest of Christmas paintings, it must be one of the most haunting and affecting. A terrified mother cowers in a darkened corner, muffling the cries of her small infant, while around her the chaos and horror of Herod’s slaughter of…

  • ‘We aren’t the singular-autonomous individuals we think of ourselves as being’

    Charlie Camosy interviews Kristin Marguerite Collier, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, on the relationship between a mother and a child prior to the child’s birth. Kristin Collier writes: As many of your readers may know, the placenta is the organ through which the mother and prenatal child interface.…