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Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

The title of this article is misleading. It attributes a poem to the stylish actress that she did not compose. It happened to be one of her favorite poems and she read it to her children on the very last Christmas Eve she spent on earth. Legend credits her with its authorship. In her defense, she never claimed to have written it. The poem begins with the following advice that is patently more personal than cosmetic:

From Debate to Mockery

I have been involved, on several occasions, in public debates on the issue of abortion. Ideally, the debate is a noble endeavor in which two sides, with different views on a subject, put forth their best arguments while respecting their worthy opponents. In my experiences defending life as a debater, the debate has been far short of this ideal. I recall one occasion in which I was expounding on a scientific point I had culled...

Clarity in a Time of Chaos

The year 1938 was a year of global turmoil. Hitler had seized control of the German army and placed Nazis in key posts. The civil war in Spain continued unabated on its path of murderous violence. Benito Mussolini published an anti-Jewish/African manifesto. Winston Churchill condemned Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia. The League of Nations declared Japan to be an aggressor against China. It was a year in which certain political factions declared that Jews, Africans, Spaniards, Czechs, and Chinese...

In Defense of Duty

The aftermath of America’s deadliest shooting in Las Vegas has brought to light many acts of heroism between strangers.  I found one extraordinary act in particular of special interest.  A woman chose to stay with a dying man for four hours.  Something deep inside her told her that she could not allow another person, even one who was a complete stranger, to die alone.  This was a more intensely human act than...

Plan One From Outer Space

The life of every person is an unfolding story. The plot, however, is not always clear.  We plan our lives, but our best laid plans are often turned awry. It has become a cliché that if we want to make God laugh, we tell Him our plans. Our petty plans are spoiled by the whims of chance or sabotaged by the plans of others. And when our plans fail, we adopt another...

Who Are the Barbarians?

The word ‘barbarian’ originated in ancient Greece. The barbarian (bàrbaros) was someone who spoke in a non-Greek language and, therefore, was unintelligible to the Greek ear. The term was specifically directed to Persians, Egyptians, Medes and Phoenicians. It was as though these so-called barbarians were simply uttering “bar-bar-bar”. Consequently, the barbarians were incoherent “babblers”. Late in the Roman Empire, the term applied to those who lacked Greek or Roman traditions, specifically to Goths,...

An Adventure in Faith

“Saints are not people who plan and organize their particular style of life and perfection and follow it strictly on their own strength. Saints are people who love and trust God to the point that they let Him guide them and lead them where He wants.” Adam Exner was not alluding to himself when he made this statement but to Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer at the latter’s canonization. Nonetheless, the comment could...

The Apostle of Life

Saint Thomas Aquinas was most particular when he offered singular praise for his esteemed predecessors: Aristotle was “the philosopher,” Moses Maimonides was “the Rabbi,” and St. Paul was “the Apostle”. We have reason to believe that Pope John Paul II was just as particular when he called his esteemed friend, Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, “The Apostle of Life”. The appellation is well deserved and was used as a title for Fr. Marx’s 1991...