The Elusive Virtue

St. Martin de Porres1 was born to a freed slave from Panama. As his mother was either of African or Native American ancestry, Martin inherited her dark complexion. His father, a Spanish nobleman, was irritated by his son’s dark skin and would have nothing to do with him. Eventually, Martin’s father abandoned him, his mother, andContinue reading “The Elusive Virtue”

Things That Matter

Imitations I recently attended a meeting where the facilitator asked each of us to summarize our backgrounds and the number of years we had served in parish ministry. At the time, I thought of my response as a matter of fact and without embellishment. As I reflected on the event later, however, I recognized withinContinue reading “Things That Matter”