Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This is the term used by Mark Penn, author of "Microtrends", to describe the very busy, wealthy and powerful who can no longer exploit information directly, but now rely on gut and impression, friends' views and opinions, and the judgement of others. Penn suggests that the behavior of this group was an essential catalyst for the Madoff debacle.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI praised the work of scientists in commemoration of the International Year of Astronomy:
...If the heavens, in the beautiful words of the psalmist, 'tell of the glory of God', the laws of nature, which many scientists have studied over the years giving us an ever-better understanding of them, are a great incentive to contemplate the works of the Lord with gratitude".
We would not doubt that John Paul II and Galileo are now in a smiling embrace.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Gabriel has told Mary what is to come to pass - she is to bear a son who will inherit the throne of David. Mary puts her trust in God and commits her life to his service. May we summon an epsilon of such faith and commitment to God.