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Tears of Infinite Value

“What makes people patient,” asks Saint Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380), stigmatic, doctor of the Church, patron saint of Europe, counseller to popes and cardinals–whose feast it is today–in one of her numerous letters, “so that they patiently bear … Continue reading

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Darwin’s Paradise Lost

“Man is descended,” said Charles Darwin, whose anniversary of death is today, “from a hairy, tailed quadruped, probably arboreal in its habits,” thereby overturning untold millennia of belief that humankind had descended from the gods. Darwin of course arrived at … Continue reading

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Zapata and the Wretched of the Earth

“Think occasionally of the suffering,” writes Albert Schweitzer, “of which you spare yourself the sight.” Which suffering, the good missionary doctor might have added, is easy to ignore for you of the borderless city, whose centre is everywhere, whose periphery … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Language of the Cross

“Since when has the world of computer software design been about what people want?” says Bill Gates. “This is a simple question of evolution. The day is quickly coming when every knee will bow down to a silicon fist, and … Continue reading

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Love, Light, and Vision

Yesterday was the anniversary of Paul Irénée Couturier’s death on March 24 1953. A French priest and tireless advocate of Christian unity, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In 1933, he established … Continue reading

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What Learning Is

“Disagree when necessary, but be in agreement about the truth.” – Saint Columba “The real community of man is the community of those who seek the truth, of the potential knowers.” – Allan Bloom Speaking as a potential knower, do … Continue reading

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The Game of Truth

“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” This pronouncement, sounding remarkably up to date, was made by Blaise Pascal more than 350 years ago. Unless, he … Continue reading

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