Yesterday I drove past my favorite McDonald’s. It was closed for renovation. For a moment, I panicked. How could they do this to me? Why didn’t they tell me? What if I was dying of hunger and needed a burger as a pick me up? Who will I say “Hi” to every morning? OK, it was a little crazy and I quickly recovered but it got me thinking. How do I respond to change? Continue reading →
With 34 days until November 8, many are ready for Election Day to come and go so the barrage of columns, stories, and advertisements about the election will end. Others will be relieved when social media platforms no longer act as battlegrounds for partisan politics. Some might be dreading November 8 and fearful of the results of a long and tiresome presidential campaign. Continue reading →
On October 2 Catholics usually celebrate the Memorial of our Guardian Angels, but this year landing on a Sunday, it almost slipped by unnoticed. But this morning I just happened to notice a bookmark I have propped up against a picture on my bookshelf; it reads “May angels watch over you.” It’s not every day that I think about that, but upon seeing it I recalled several instances when I knew I was being watched over and aided by angels in many disguises. Continue reading →
Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves?
The reading list for the oral exam in Spanish language and literature was long and detailed, and I remember being delighted to find, in the library at Albertus Magnus College, an essential item: the only printed edition of Bartolome de las Casas History of the Indies – a 19th century edition in an oversize difficult-to-handle tone. I settled in to the drudgery of reading the difficult text. Then suddenly I read a section which still thrills me as I think about it today. It was the account of the sermon preached to the Spaniards on the island of Hispaniola by the Dominican friar Antonio de Montesinos in which he declared that they were all in mortal sin, and “live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny you practice among these innocent peoples.” The text of the sermon was “written out and signed by the other friars,” and its most famous lines were: “Are these not men? Do they not have rational souls? Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves?” Continue reading →