The Fever Chart

"Our only health is the disease / If we obey the dying nurse …"

Month: August, 2010

The Fire This Time

“When human groups divide and become fragmented, during a period of malaise and conflicts, they may come to a point where they are reconciled again at the expense of a victim. Observers nowadays realize without difficulty, unless they belong to the persecuting group, that this victim is not really responsible for what he or she [...]

Weekend Meditation: “What you do for these …”

“The mystery of the poor is that they are Jesus, and what we do for them we do for him.” – Dorothy Day  Photo by John Partipilo Working with the poor, one is quickly disabused of romantic notions about poverty. The poor are not always victims of others; often they are victims of their own [...]

Weekend Meditation

“A Song On The End Of The World” by Czeslaw Milosz On the day the world ends A bee circles a clover, A fisherman mends a glimmering net. Happy porpoises jump in the sea, By the rainspout young sparrows are playing And the snake is gold-skinned as it should always be. On the day the [...]

Our Lost American Spirit

In 1821, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams spoke to the House of Representatives about America’s role in the world and the connection between foreign policy and the fundamental spirit of the Revolution. Wherever the standard of freedom and Independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her [America's] heart, her benedictions and her [...]