On this day, which is both Veterans Day in the United States and the feast of St. Martin of Tours, the soldier saint who laid down his arms to fight for peace, we honor all those who have put themselves in harm's way for the cause of justice. It seems fitting to offer the following quote from Pope St. Paul VI's exhortation following the end of the Second World War in the midst of the height of the Cold War to the United Nations:
Senator Josh Hawley calls on men to leave behind mediocrity and embrace lives of meaning.
Working with real human persons in the face of difficult issues provides a healthy environment. A priest of the University of Notre Dame reflects on disagreement, dialogue, and ministry.
The experience of hardship and unfamiliarity that marked pilgrimage travel – which has been lost in modern tourism – added to its profundity.
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Rembrandt's "The Return of the Prodigal Son"
In "The Return of the Prodigal Son," Rembrandt shows the desolation that comes from a life of sin, a brother on the cusp of a decision, and the embrace of mercy.