"The remedy for all the passions [...] is humility. Those who possess that virtue have won the whole battle."
- John Climacus, 6th-7th century author of The Ladder of Divine Ascent
(Painting: The Exaltation of the Cross, with the motto "Humility," by Biagio Bellotti, 18th cent.)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.