A flourishing parish will raise up future monks and nuns who are willing to dedicate their lives to poverty, chastity, and obedience.
So many of the great artists of our generation are consumed by the task of trying to find a way of coping with a meaningless world.
Because of the suffering of children, Dostoyevsky's Ivan was willing to "return his ticket" to God. "Pregnant at Harvard?" reminded me of his rebellion.
The Facebook thread: books that changed our lives (or some such). Mine tilt heavily toward the modern and contemporary, but God, in the form of truth, meets us through our loves and fears. He finds us where we are, having arrived himself in advance.