What a question! “Are we the last mortals?” What can it mean? This is the subject of Regina Rini’s essay by that same name.
One of the fears I have is that the importance of books and their accumulated wisdom will be lost in the age of the Internet.
Sometimes a wave is just a wave. Other times, Stevie Smith reminds us, it is not.
We all hope that our Golden Age will be glossy and good. But what if it isn’t?
What was life like a hundred years ago in the west of Ireland? Another ‘quiet man’ tells us…
St. Patrick's Day puts one in mind of the great saint, as it should, and also that we Irish need the likes of him again. Characteristically, some of Ireland's trouble is derivative of a great strength: the imagination of its people.
If you think about the New Testament of the Bible at all, you may wonder about the name given one of the books.
One of the consolations of philosophy, according to Boethius, is to seek happiness in misfortune.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, writes a commentary in defense of abortion in the 2/7/19 issue of The New York Times. He argues that religious values shouldn't influence political positions. Cuomo's premise is fallacious when he writes, “Too muc
I’ve only aspired to three birthdays in my life.
One of the great "example" stories told by Jesus was "The Good Samaritan."
There seem plenty of choices to get things right in life and not be lonely. Some are better than others.
Russell Baker, the NYT columnist and twice Pulitzer Prize winner, died at age 93 on Monday. I corresponded with Russell Baker before the birth of the Internet. It was a time when one wrote letters.
Because he was a good teacher, Jesus used the material of the ancient world all around him.
With so much holiday cheer to choose from, it's unclear how anyone can talk seriously about a war on Christmas.
Christmas holds a certain magic for everyone. It was certainly that way for me, as a 7-year-old boy in 1943.
I was sitting at a red light, waiting for it to change. Suddenly, a big car slammed into the back of me....
The death of a beloved president brings to mind any association one has had with him
I was pleased to visit Georgetown this time of year, Thanksgiving, except for the trouble of finding a parking space.
Politics is a practical matter, but it’s hard to see much common sense being exercised in Washington today.
We all learn self-reliance in different ways. I suppose I learned what little I have when I was in grade school.
The Tree of Life members were gunned down as they were reminding themselves of a fundamental belief - that is, the gift of the covenant by which they are God’s chosen people.
If I were a psychoanalyst writing about life, I might say that I "suspect" my mother threw my hat and train out in a fit of matriarchal pique.
Descartes is the father of modern philosophy, but some may have forgotten why, except to recollect his famous dictum: I think therefore I am...
Frequently in midlife or later, we come to a point where we’ve completed an important activity in our professional or personal life, and cannot figure out what to do next.
Frequently we attribute things that happen to us as a combination of luck, a blessing, or good planning. Or, maybe, might it be something else?
How might Pope Francis respond to a revolt calling for him to resign?
How will Catholics respond to what appear to be unending reports of sexual abuse by priests across the world?
'Blacking out' sometimes has groggy stories to tell, and other times, quite clear ones.
Could an argument over 'what was true' - begun 500 years ago – have any bearing on how we see the truth now?
Frank Allen, a friend from Dublin, has been like a son to us for forty years.
Being 'left to one's own devices' means something entirely different these days.
It's true that young love especially can easily be lost, like melted ice in a kid's hot hand. But there is another kind of love...
Very likely, you haven't a clue about what this title about 'personalism' means.
When was the last time on TV that you heard somebody say, "Give more?"
A look at the Patrick Melrose TV series from NBC-2.com Culture Critic Michael D. Langan.
The Vietnam War was on the rise after President Lyndon B. Johnson allowed an increase in troops to that country, 549,500, for a war that was costing $77.4 billion.
"There is no better place for deceptions, than somewhere as close as possible to the truth, something all good liars know."
The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, gave a beautiful address titled The Power of Love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.
As a young man I thought that whatever the law was, it must always be moral as well. Clearly, this isn't the case.