Joined: Aug. 12, 2011
Restless, melancholic soul of Irish descent. Born and raised in Connecticut, married to a Dutchman, mother of two daughters and three sons. I love books, conversation, friendship, delicious food, gardens, long walks and beautiful places. I am easily ensnared in politics and web-browsing. I crave silence, sweetness, poetry and peace. I am always wanting to write and ever-failing to write. All my hope is in God’s power and will to save; all my trust is in His promise.
Dec. 4 at 10:57am | Comments: 6 | Most recent comment: Dec. 5 at 12:54pm
I’m not the type The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning was written for. I mean, I’m a sinner, but I don’t hate NFP. I’ve never struggled with it or resented it. Jules and I had so much happy exposure to Dietrich von Hildebrand and John Paul II before we got married that we were never even tempted to use artificial contraception. We saw too clearly that it&rsquo...
Dec. 1 at 9:31am | Comments: 0
Making my way through Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, I come across passage after passage that lifts my personalist heart. Here is just one: We become fully human when we become more than human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being. This is the kernel of the mystery of our being-as-persons. The roots of our being lie beyond ourselves, in God. The fulfillment of our being lies in God,...
Nov. 15 at 5:01am | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Nov. 19 at 4:41pm
While in Rome last month, we picked up a book by Thomas Cahill: Pope John XXIII, A LIfe. Its first pages include two quotations that jump right out at a personalist. The first is by the French theologian Yves Congar about the late Pope: "He loved people more than power." The second is from the Pope's own remarks at the opening of Vatican II [my emphasis]: In the daily exercise of our pastoral ministry—and much to our sorrow...
Oct. 23 at 10:42am | Comments: 15 | Most recent comment: Oct. 25 at 1:09pm
Last night friends Joseph and Marie Cabaud Meaney hosted us for a lovely dinner at their home outside of Rome. It was so wonderful to see familiar faces, and to feel their goodness and friendship. Joseph works for Human Life International. Marie studied with us in Liechtenstein, and taught for awhile with Jules at Villanova. She's an expert on Simone Weil, and writes for us sometimes. Her father and mother were in the von Hildebrand circle in NYC. I...
Oct. 14 at 6:44am | Comments: 0
One of the sharpest differences between the political left and right is their respective views of private property. For the (extreme) left, it's the root of social evil, the cause of social conflict. For the (extreme) right it's sacred and absolute. For the Church, of course, it's neither/nor. Just as we are, as individuals, radically our own, and yet, almost constituted by our relation to others and fulfilled only by making a sincere gift of ourselves in love, our...
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