The Nine Billion Names of God

Arthur Clarke’s 1952 sci-fi story, “The Nine Billion Names of God,” tells the story of two cynical Manhattan computer programmers in the early days of the industry, who were hired by Tibetan monks to write a program to spit out every possible permutation of a sequence of random letters. According to their Tibetan belief, when all … Lire la suite

“Join Together”—the Message of Jolly Pope John XXIII

According to the Nicene Creed, the first of the distinguishing marks of the Catholic Church is unity. Without unity, things tend to fall apart: societies collapse, families fight, and friendships evaporate. Over the course of history the Church has undergone a multitude of developments and faced its share of difficulties threatening unity. Jesus Christ prayed … Lire la suite

Returning to the House of the Father

Giovanni Testori: The truth is that man today does not say it—maybe he is afraid to say it—but he feels a terrible nostalgia to return home to the house of the Father. And then the Mother is there, with Christ, to form the shelter, the home, the Church. From there, as I said before, I … Lire la suite

Love to the Very End: A Theology of Dementia

Dementia is an illness that has affected the lives of most of us in one way or another. It is heart-wrenching to watch someone you know and love slowly fade away, not to mention the mental anguish that people with dementia themselves often experience. Yet, at the same time, they are still “with us” even … Lire la suite