"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.)

Soldier, scholar, Papal mentor


The Catholic Herald
This month marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential theologians of the modern era, a man whose life reads like an adventure story.
Henri-Marie Joseph de Lubac was born in Cambrai in 1896, one of six children. He joined the Jesuits while still in his teens, and in the normal way would have studied with them in France. Read more ...