Compassion

Why Charles Dickens Makes Me Cry

By |2019-03-13T17:00:52-05:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Books, Charles Dickens, Christine Norvell, Compassion, Literature, Senior Contributors|

I have read A Tale of Two Cities at least eight times now. Each time, I cry. Yes, each time. Why, I wonder, does Charles Dickens’ writing have this effect on me? I surprised myself today. As I was discussing the end of A Tale of Two Cities with my high-school juniors, we reviewed how [...]

True Love: Passionate Reason versus Romantic Feeling

By |2019-01-24T11:28:19-05:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Caritas in Veritate, Christian Living, Christianity, Community, Compassion, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Love, Senior Contributors, Wisdom|

Oh, love to some is like a cloud, To some as strong as steel, For some a way of living, For some a way to feel, And some say love is holding on And some say letting go, And some say love is everything And some say they don’t know.   John Denver (Perhaps [...]

Reductio ad Machinam: Human Identity in the Age of Machines

By |2019-08-01T23:57:35-05:00December 9th, 2018|Categories: Character, Charity, Community, Compassion, Conservatism, Culture, Imagination, Modernity|

"Technique has penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being. The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man's very essence…. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created. He was made to go six kilometers an [...]

The Steam Bath Gathering

By |2018-12-07T09:24:27-05:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Community, Compassion, Happiness, Hope, Wisdom|

How is it possible to feel happy and sad at the same time? Recently I tasted that bittersweetness as I walked the campus of a college I attended almost 30 years ago. The landmarks of warm memories were still there: majestic buildings, the elegant gym, the cozy dining hall. Then I came to a [...]

Meeting a Lost Soul in the Skies

By |2018-10-04T16:19:00-05:00October 4th, 2018|Categories: Compassion, Responsibility, Virtue|

On airplanes my druthers is to mind my own business. I don’t want to be rude, but I much prefer reading to chatting. And that’s precisely what I did for almost the entirety of a recent flight. Nothing out of the ordinary here. It’s my usual pattern. And it generally works, especially if one avoids small talk right [...]

Pope Francis and the Caring Society

By |2018-12-09T08:42:03-05:00September 30th, 2017|Categories: Adam Smith, Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Civil Society, Compassion, Louis Markos, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, St. John Paul II, Virtue|

I’ve not been fully sure what to “make” of Pope Francis. He is clearly a man of God with a deep love for the poor and an even deeper personal humility. But how is one to respond to his pronouncements on economic and environmental issues?… Pope Francis and the Caring Society, ed. Robert M. [...]

Houston’s Heart and Harvey’s Heroes

By |2017-10-11T15:26:52-05:00September 13th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Community, Compassion, Religion|

The floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey washed away the dividing lines of race, religion, and class, revealing character and the basic decency at the core of what it means to be human. What makes Houston’s heart beat most truly is faith in God… Hurricane Harvey revealed the huge heart of Houston through the biggest natural [...]

Why Intellectual Work Matters

By |2019-03-11T14:24:43-05:00September 7th, 2017|Categories: Compassion, Culture, Education, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College|

Intellectual life provides an escape in that it is beyond “straitened circumstances,” but the escape is again a flight into realities beyond oneself: animal behavior, astronomy, and the mechanics of the inner life. The intellect has no limit to its subject matter: It reaches greedily for the whole of everything… In 2001 I was [...]

Seeing the Face of Jesus Many Times: What I Found in the Flood

By |2017-09-12T14:48:32-05:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: Civil Society, Compassion, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Our experience escaping the hurricane taught me that as God's children, all men are truly brothers. I saw the face of Jesus many times in the faces of our rescuers: people of widely differing life experiences, and of various colors and faiths... You millions, I embrace you. This kiss is for all the world! Brothers, [...]

Trudeau’s Cognitive Dissonance: Euthanasia and the Holocaust

By |2017-07-25T00:11:28-05:00July 24th, 2017|Categories: Compassion, Culture, Death, Ethics, Politics|

The soft totalitarian roots of Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal government are becoming increasingly transparent through its dismissing of the central truth that builds up society: the life of every person must be safeguarded and protected… Terezín. Auschwitz-Birkenau. Majdanek. Treblinka. These places of suffering, even their very names, signify what Eva Hoffman calls the “abrupt [...]

Whatever Happened to Noblesse Oblige?

By |2016-02-23T16:13:22-05:00December 10th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Compassion, Culture, Dwight Longenecker|

In the 1980s I served as the vicar of country parish of Brading on the Isle of Wight in England. One of my predecessors was The Rev’d Christian William Hampton Weekes—known affectionately as Hampy. Born in 1880 and educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge, he was the Vicar of Brading from 1935 to [...]