"It is troubling how many people expect applause, recognition, when they have not even begun to learn an art or craft. Instant success is the order of the day; 'I want it now!' I wonder whether this is not part of our corruption by machines. Machines do things very quickly and outside the natural rhythm of life, and we are indignant if a car doesn't start at the first try. So the few things that we still do, such as cooking (though there are TV dinners!), knitting, gardening, anything at all that cannot be hurried, have a very particular value." (May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude, W W Norton, 1973, 15.)

The Beatitudes: Our identity Card

JPopeFrancis01 In his homily at Holy Mass on Monday, 9 June, Pope Francis reflected on each point of the passage in today's reading from the Gospel of Matthew (5:1-12). The Beatitudes are the "the Christian's identity card", the Pope remarked, urging us to reread those pages of the Gospel in order to live to the fullest a "plan of holiness" that goes "against the grain" of the world's mentality. Read More