“To love someone, is to tell them: ‘You will not die.'”
– Gabriel Marcel
I read it today and here’s the brief review I wrote of it on Amazon: Continue reading “Book: The Personalism of John Paul II”
Tomorrow’s first reading from the Book of Acts recounts when Paul stood up at the Areopagus in Athens and proclaimed: Continue reading ““To An Unknown God” – From Athens to Morocco”
On this day in 1920, Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in Wadowice, Poland. Pictured is me and my friend Claire eating the pope’s favourite cake, kremówka, in his hometown. Continue reading “Sto Lat! Happy 100th birthday to John Paul II”
Today I find myself thinking about Janusz Korczak. A Polish-Jewish author, teacher, pediatrician, and orphanage director, he refused to leave the orphans during the Second World War even though he was offered refuge. The Nazis murdered him, together with the children, at the death camp called Treblinka. Continue reading “Ethics is not the science of happiness”
On this date, 34 years ago, John Paul II made a historic visit to the Great Synagogue of Rome where he greeted Chief Rabbi, Prof. Elio Toaff.
On this date, fifteen years ago, Pope John Paul II died. I remember this time well because I was 14 at the time and the news of his death was, paradoxically, also the biggest news to me of his life. Before his death, I’d heard his name my whole life but I hadn’t really gotten to know much about him or his remarkable biography. But then, in 2005, every magazine cover had his face on it and it seemed that there was unending coverage of this Catholic leader whose life had made a profound difference not only in the Church but throughout the whole world in the drama of the twentieth century. Continue reading “The day John Paul II died”
When the Polish government passed a bill on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in an effort to criminalize attributing responsibility for the Holocaust to Poles, many Israeli leaders and Jews became furious considering the move tantamount to a form of Holocaust denial.
The proposed legislation reads: “Whoever claims, publicly and contrary to the facts, that the Polish Nation or the Republic of Poland is responsible or co-responsible for Nazi crimes committed by the Third Reich… or for other felonies that constitute crimes against peace, crimes against humanity or war crimes, or whoever otherwise grossly diminishes the responsibility of the true perpetrators of said crimes – shall be liable to a fine or imprisonment for up to 3 years.”
To read more, click here to view my piece on The Federalist.
The fifth rule in 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by is: “Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.”
Throughout this chapter, Jordan Peterson discusses several anecdotes concerning parents and toddlers. “Children are damaged,” he explains, “when those charged with their care, afraid of any conflict or upset, no longer dare to correct them, and leave them without guidance. I can recognize such children on the street.” Continue reading “Jordan Peterson and John Paul II on the responsibility of parents”
Today British Prime Minister Theresa May tasked cabinet minister Tracey Crouch with the responsibility of “creating a national strategy to tackle loneliness.” Continue reading “U.K. appoints minister to combat loneliness”