A Mother Is a Work of Art

The artist James McNeill Whistler is one of the most famous American artists, but not everyone liked him personally, or liked his work. One critic said, “For Mr. Whistler's own sake, no less than for the protection of the purchaser, Sir Coutts Lindsay ought not to have admitted works into the gallery in which the…

Sometimes the shepherd is a butcher

On Good Shepherd Sunday, which is what today has come to be known as because the Gospel is always John 10, priests get a glint in their eye. They know they can talk about how there are bad shepherds out there leading people astray, but us priests, we're the good ones. Then we joke about…

Mercy is the key to a happy life

As a [very] flawed human being, I occasionally manage to convince myself that another person has gravely wronged me. This usually isn't true, every once in a while it is, but the reason I mention it is because my reaction to being wronged tends to focus right in on the concept of justice. I want…