Month: January 2020

  • The beauty found on earth

    Jessica Hooten Wilson writes: At the top of Mount Purgatory, Dante is reunited with his paramour Beatrice, only the reunion is anything but romantic. She acknowledges that Dante’s desire for her “was directing [him] to love the Good/ beyond which there’s no thing to draw our longing” (2.31.23-24). God was drawing Dante to himself through […]

  • One who breaks an unjust law

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here’s MLK on the difference between just law and unjust law: One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to…

  • Alexandria for an afternoon

    Alexandria for an afternoon

    I had thought earlier in the week of a hike today, but the weather is cold and windy enough that I changed plans. I headed to Old Town, Alexandria for Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary and then headed to Village Brauhaus to spend time with a friend and catch up. It’s a great…

  • The political task of Christians

    What if we woke up one day only to realize that what we thought we knew of the world was wrong? Fr. Stephen Freeman writes that our knowledge of the world, and the way we think, is flawed in a very particular way: No one has written more insightfully nor critically about secularism than the…

  • January scenes in Washington

    It’s back to being January-like in terms of temperature—much more unpleasant to be walking around Washington. But all things considered I’m glad to walk and to be able to take in simple scenes like the two below this week, first on Dumbarton Street and the second facing Connecticut Avenue. Looking forward to a quiet MLK…