Letter from the Director

“Blessings and Peace,”--we need it!

Published January 11, 2019 at 11:01 AM PST

Each new year begins in expectation and hope. The underlying core mission of the ICTC is that we are agents of hope, or as St. Paul mystically suggests, “We are stewards of the mystery of God.”

A holy day has dawned upon us. Today a great light has come upon the earth. (Gospel Alleluia verse for Christmas Day)

Published December 11, 2018 at 10:12 AM PST

The holy season of Christmas rolls around once again, and we have the Advent opportunity to enter into the quiet of these darkened days, letting God dwell more fully in our minds and hearts. It’s a time for family and friends, greeting cards, sacred music concerts, and, sometimes, by a quirk of grace, a surprise visit from an old friend.

Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang

Published November 7, 2018 at 4:11 PM PST

November is the month that we remember the dead—all our beloved friends and family members who have gone on before us.  As I grow older, that great cloud of witnesses—people I have known and loved—grows larger and larger.  Just this last month I conducted three funerals or memorials.

Some Elements towards Reconciliation and Reform

Published October 25, 2018 at 4:10 PM PDT

One of the challenges we face as a center for the Catholic Intellectual heritage is that our audience is diffused and has multiple levels of knowledge and experience.  Some of us have been acutely aware of the seriousness of this issue for at least 33 years when Fr. Tom Doyle, O.P. first briefed all the American bishops on the intractability and incurability of the proclivity towards abuse of minors and outlined for all the bishops precisely what had to be done.

Season of Mellow Fruitfulness

Published October 2, 2018 at 4:10 PM PDT

Classes have finally started. And the Upper Mall is now bustling with students walking to and fro, enjoying the crisp, colorful autumn air. Keats had it right in his “Ode to Autumn”—“season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Enjoy the splendor of falling leaves.