The Fever Chart

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

Month: December, 2011

“Responsibility to the Order of Being”

Vaclav Havel died yesterday. Poet, playwright, political dissident and prisoner, non-violent revolutionay, president of his beloved Czechoslovakia and later, the Czech Republic. His motto was ”truth and love must prevail over lies and hate.” His constant concern, both as a playwright and as a politician, was the connection betwen morality and responsibility. As he said in [...]

Pleasantly Surprised

This morning brings news of the death of the public intellectual Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens had been battling with esophogeal cancer for the past year or so, a struggle he chronicled in the pages of Vanity Fair, where he was a longtime columnist. Fr. James Martin, SJ, has a wonderful blog post on Hitchens today. It [...]

An Eschatological Icon of the Church

At the center of salvation history stands a simple Jewish peasant girl. As the Old Testament began with the story of Eve, the New Testament begins with the story of Mary, the New Eve, mother of the New Adam. She is the Theotokos, the God-Bearer, Ark of the New Covenant. She is the first Christian, [...]

The War Faction

Less than thirty days before the Iowa Caucus, it appears that we are finally achieving some sort of clarity in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The contours of a real three-candidate contest are finally begining to emerge, with Newt Gingrich as the conservative insurgent, Mitt Romney as the Wall Street Establishment candidate, and [...]