St. Augustine

My small group has been going through the Confessions of St. Augustine the last few months. We continued tonight. I really appreciate Augustine’s honesty, both about his questions in life and about his failures, all the more coming from a bishop. While there are differences in culture and time, it’s…

Poorly Written Novels and Grace

Poorly written novels—no matter how pious and edifying the behavior of the characters—are not good in themselves and are therefore not really edifying. Now a statement like this creates problems. An individual may be highly edified by a sorry novel because he doesn’t know any better. We have plenty of…

Helping God Write My Story

I cannot live in a world where everything is predetermined, an ant world in which there is no element of choice. I do believe that we all have a share in the writing of our own story… Sometimes the very impetus of overcoming obstacles results in a surge of creativity….

What to Paint?

Why paint? That’s a question I’ve asked myself. I have some reasons, but sitting in a room with an empty canvas has made me realize I’m not all that excited about painting whatever I can see from that room. I could paint from my mind, but that’s rather hard to…