The Six-Minute Monster

After starting my job at a law firm this past week and billing nearly 45 hours of time, I realized that, for the summer, my life would be measured in a different way. Slavish adherence to the billable hour–calculated in six-minute increments–has transformed the legal industry into what it is today, for better or worse. … Continue reading The Six-Minute Monster

Missed Opportunities

Often when I go to Mass at my parish, I come away with a sense of frustration at the many missed opportunities the pastor and visiting priests pass up in favor of "relevance" or some other passing fad. They too often forget, it seems, that priests are meant to challenge us through their preaching, not … Continue reading Missed Opportunities

ND's Commencement of a New Era

Gerard Bradley, a law professor at Notre Dame, has this wonderful piece about the Obama address at commencement and his receipt of an honorary degree. The basic question going forward into a new era: Will Notre Dame choose "prestige" or "truth"? My question: Why not choose both? Granted, it may not be prestige in the … Continue reading ND's Commencement of a New Era

Children's Literature or Propaganda?

About four years ago, just before I left Washington, DC, I was having a conversation with one of my philosophy professors. He and his wife homeschooled their nine children. Sitting in his office, I noticed on his desk a copy of Anne of Green Gables. I'd never read it, and neither had he. He said … Continue reading Children's Literature or Propaganda?

St. Joseph and the Beauty of Work

I'm studying for finals right now and have little time to muse about the beauty and dignity of work. For now, some quotes from one of my favorite saints about work. From St. Josemaria Escriva: Don't let your life be barren. Be useful. Make yourself felt. Shine forth with the torch of your faith and your love. With … Continue reading St. Joseph and the Beauty of Work