Are You Judging Me

2015-11-19 Judging img01Go to and type in judgmental. Your list of synonyms will include arbitrary, personal, irresponsible/frivolous, unreasonable/irrational, and, my favorite of the bunch, injudicious.

Judicious and judgmental both come from the root jud-, which relates to making decisions and forming opinions. From a linguistic standpoint, it just doesn’t make sense for the word judgmental to be synonymous with injudicious, the negation of judicious.

Now, I understand that language evolves. Sometimes you just have to throw up your hands Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Obamacare?

2015-5-28 Obamacare img01G.K. Chesterton was once asked to write a series of essays entitled “What’s Wrong with the World.” He readily admitted the hubris attendant in agreeing to such an assignment but rose to the task with his usual wit and energy. His observations pierce the fog of oft-heard arguments with Chesterton’s unusual vision. Though he never addressed the question of public healthcare specifically, his comments on the political issues of his day can shed a fresh light on the question of Obamacare Continue reading

Angels and Demons, Cosmos and Chaos

2015-1-15 Gabriel img01After rereading The Man Who Was Thursday, I wondered why, when Chesterton went to the trouble of opposing an angel and the devil, he chose “Gabriel Syme” as the name for his protagonist instead of Michael the Archangel, who will defeat Satan in the Battle of Armageddon. One analyst suggested that Gabriel was chosen for its nearness to Gilbert, Chesterton’s first name, a view supported by Syme’s undeniable parallels in appearance, personality, and social background with his author.* Chesterton is a deep thinker who deserves more credit than that, however. Continue reading

American Monk

2014-11-6 merton img01Thomas Merton tried his hand at writing from his college years on, but his books were never publishable until he wrote the account of his life leading up to his conversion to Catholicism and his subsequent decision to take monastic vows at the age of 34. Beginning with his childhood, Merton traces a meandering path to his embrace of the Catholic faith and, soon after, a monastic life.

Merton makes his readers feel as though they are witnesses to every hour of his life. Continue reading

The Sins of the Seafarers

sins The character of Odysseus, or Ulysses, has been capturing the imagination of artists for centuries. He has inspired children’s books and television shows, numerous films, the poetry of greats like Dante and Tennyson, and reimaginings by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf among others. At the end of his third chronicle of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis reveals that King Caspian, remembered by his own people as Caspian the Seafarer, recalls this most famed mariner. The clue is put in the mouth of Edmund Continue reading