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February 2, 2013

According to the Conference Board research group, only 45 percent of Americans are satisfied with their work. Only 51 percent claim they are even interested in their work. Both of these numbers are the lowest polled in the 22 years they've been researching the topic.

I would need a different poll question. I am not just "satisfied" with my work, but I can...

February 1, 2013

The other day, while reading Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, I came across this sentence: "We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope."

I actually found myself slapping the edge of my...

February 1, 2013

The same year I became Catholic, 1996, I took a trip to visit a friend in Philadelphia. We spent a week visiting the sites in Washington, D.C. One of the places I most wanted to visit was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which had opened a few years previously to national acclaim.

It was a harrowing experience. We were given "passports" at the door with the life story of a victim told in succeeding pages...

February 1, 2013

In the aftermath of the horrific Kiss nightclub fire in Brazil that claimed 235 young lives, people are asking what they always ask after a disaster: “Where was God?”

On Sunday, January 27, the nightclub erupted into an inferno after the club’s band set off fireworks that ignited flammable material. The club’s design and the fact that it was overcrowded were the main factors in the high death toll. Video...

February 1, 2013

This is the third and, for now, last post that mentions episodes from the life of Paul Claudel.

During World War I Claudel was stationed in Rome, Italy being an ally of France and Britain. One day he dined with Hilaire Belloc (seen in the photo flanked by his friends George Bernard Shaw and G. K. Chesterton) in an osteria on the Via Nomentana. The eatery was called Pozzo di San Patrizio (Well of St. Patrick).

Belloc spoke words of praise about a talented young author. Claudel...