A ‘citizen’ is always unfree

A ‘citizen’ is always unfree, always feels the whole weight of oppressive power upon him, of public opinion, tradition, everyday life, the history of his country. We all know this, because it all took place in our own lives. We know that in the time of the Russian civil war, choice implied death, imprisonment, exile,Continue reading “A ‘citizen’ is always unfree”

Sunday morning

I like London when the sun has not yet come up, when the streets are a Saturday night massacre of glass and broken umbrellas. It is the city’s one quiet hour, when the drunkards have given out at last and the workers are not yet on the move and Mayfair might as well be aContinue reading “Sunday morning”

the folly of the cross

The Gospel confounds. The Gospel enrages. The Gospel inspires. If we choose to continue following the Gospel, we will continue confounding the world. And yes, we just might be crucified. But, as Dorothy Day once wrote, “The most effective action we can take is to try to conform our lives to the folly of theContinue reading “the folly of the cross”

heat

It’s Algeria outside today, and I mean that in the existential sense, though the weather is cooperating – blissfully or blisteringly, depending on your point of view. As for me, I love the heat. I like walking down blindingly white pavement, the sun reflecting back in your face in case you tried to escape itContinue reading “heat”

Mother Maria Skobtsova

adamthenorman: “The bodies of fellow human beings must be treated with greater care than our own. Christian love teaches us to give our brethren not only spiritual gifts, but material gifts as well. Even our last shirt, our last piece of bread must be given to them. Personal almsgiving and the most wide-ranging social workContinue reading “Mother Maria Skobtsova”