Joseph Martin-Dauch

One of my heroes is Joseph Martin-Dauch.  He was the only member of the Estates General to refuse to sign the Tennis Court Oath.  576 voted for it and 1 voted against it – Joseph Martin-Dauch.  The scene was captured by the painter Jacques-Louis David.  You can see Dauch seated to one side while everyone … Read more

The Glory of the Cross

Just before his crucifixion, Jesus prayed, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son, that the Son may glorify you.”  It is not easy to understand how the crucifixion could be anything other than a painful way to die but this is not the only place where Jesus connected his death with his glorification.  In … Read more

Grandma

Margaret Jean Cross Gibson, my Grandmother (January 17, 1926 – October 30, 2017) My best memories of Grandma are connected with the old, Victorian home she and Grandpa owned in small town Alberta.  I remember the flowers she planted around the house, the bird feeder in the back yard, the turned wooden banister and creaking wooden … Read more

Imagined Love

We can easily imagine, think of, contemplate and be attracted to the idea of giving our whole selves and lives over to God without actually doing it, and think we have done it because we have imagined it.  Our imagination can even become an idol, a substitute.  Dostoyevsky says: “Love in action is a harsh … Read more

Cheapness

Henry Adams was a historian of 12th century France, the last of the Adams political dynasty.  There is a section on him in Russel Kirk’s book “The Conservative Mind”.   According to Kirk, Adams thought that state socialism was nearly inevitable in the West “and wholly odious; it would triumph over capitalism because it is cheaper, … Read more