Why do we marry for love nowadays? The peculiarity of this now pervasive social arrangement struck me as I read a fascinating historical novel this month, Augustus, by John Williams. […]
It was the intervention of Caesar Augustus which, one day long ago, saved one of the most celebrated narratives of ancient history. Virgil’s last wish was to burn his epic […]
We might just learn that we live in a universe more gracious and more benevolent than we thought, a place of discipline and hard work but also of little surprises and opportunities just around the corner, a reality being redeemed by providence, generosity, and grace. Even for bank robbing small time crooks.
Last week I had the pleasure of engaging a Buddhist professor in a debate on the meaning of life. It took place in Rome, in a literary café close to […]
As we have all been noticing, the world is urbanized and globalized again. After centuries of regional economic systems, stable trade, nation state politics, and homogeneous populations, our planet is […]
A good picture is worth a thousand words, goes the cliché. The problem with clichés is that they are so often true. That’s how they become famous in the first […]
This summer, we took a vacation at home. A different home, I mean, someone else’s home but which was to be our home for two weeks. It was our first […]
We all craved for a more splendorous presence, Someone distinguished that would come, woo everybody in the crowd, and yet select us for his company.