Lust vs. Love, Pt. 2: Pleasure Alone Is Not Enough

C.S Lewis says: For me the real evil of masturbation [would] be that it takes an appetite which, in lawful use, leads the individual out of himself to complete (and correct) his own personality in that of another (and finally in children and even grandchildren) and turns it back: sends the man back into the […]

Children, Joy, and Life in its Archetype

At times the little girl would keep on for hours, babbling and busy with her games—she was absorbed in her own joy with such holy zeal that it seemed as though her play was really more serious than all the pursuits of grown-up people and her delight belonged more essentially to life than all the […]

Joy and Having Everything

Pleasures are severely limited in duration. Not only do they last for a given length of time, but if one makes and attempt to extend them unduly, they issue in satiety and disgust. Too much ice cream at one time leads not only to eventual illness; it can lead to a dislike at the moment […]

The Most Thrilling Joy Ever Known

Humble folk often believe that walking with God is above their heads or that they may “lose a good time” if they share all their joys with God. What tragic misunderstanding, to regard Him as a killer of happiness! A growing chorus of joyous voices around the world fairly sings that spending their hours with […]

An Image for Good Friday: The Isenheim Altarpiece

Here is my favorite picture of the Crucifixion. It’s Matthias Grünewald’s Isemheim Altarpiece located in Colmar, France. I first saw it in Fr. Robert Barron’s Catholicism DVD series in Episode 2: “Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus”, and was instantly captivated by it. Between seeing the image and hearing Fr. Barron’s commentary (transcribed below), I felt […]

Anticipation and Realization

Pleasures of the flesh are always greater in anticipation than in realization, but the joys of the spirit are always greater in realization than in anticipation. —from Peace of Soul by Venerable Fulton Sheen, Ch. 12: The Psychology of Conversion