How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality

The newly republished book by Dietrich von Hildebrand, The Art of Living, includes two beautiful essays by his widow, Alice, on the topics of communion and hope. The chapter on communion is marvellous and incisive. She begins by discussing the various crises of communion in our contemporary society. There are different types of solitude. SometimesContinue reading “How telling people what you do for a living affects your personality”

Apply: Greek Studies on Site

Around this time last year, I travelled to Greece to participate in a ten-day winter school themed “Athens through the Ages” organized by Greek Studies on Site. The program was led by an Athenian named Georgia Sermamoglou who wrote her doctoral dissertation on Plato in the Classics department at the University of Virginia. She’s an amazingContinue reading “Apply: Greek Studies on Site”

A Protestant and a Catholic discuss 465-year-old relic of St. Francis Xavier’s Arm

I arrived to Toronto to visit my Protestant friend for the week. She greeted me wishing me a happy new year and asking how I’d spent it. “Well,” I explained, “At the conference from which I just came, we venerated a relic of St. Francis Xavier’s right arm, the arm with which he baptized 100,000Continue reading “A Protestant and a Catholic discuss 465-year-old relic of St. Francis Xavier’s Arm”