The rows of upmarket sedans look out of place parked in the working-class Paris suburb but this is Aubervilliers, Europe’s made-in-China clothing capital where traders recently opened the continent’s biggest garment center.
Millennials know Bruce Jenner as the family patriarch in the hit reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” But more people remember him best as the good-looking all-American track-and-field superstar who, after breaking the world record in decathlon, shined like a demigod in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Katy Perry’s well-attended concert last Thursday at the Philippine Arena was largely a marriage of theater and dance music. But we’re not sure if the audience totally absorbed that vibe.
In the face of escalating revelations about corruption in government and high places, and the equally distressing spiraling cost of living, it was an uplifting diversion to have spent a couple of hours one recent morning watching a lecture/video presentation on “Finding the Filipino artist’s soul in Washington, DC.”
This Sunday’s Gospel brings us back to the core of our Christian vocation, as Christ clearly sets what we could consider the three imperatives or inspirations of our Christian identity and mission: “Remain in my love”; “Love one another as I love you”; and “It was I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit.”
Because they represent the sentiment of appreciation as well as the idea of being chosen especially for their beloved recipients, books surely rank among the best gifts for Mother’s Day. They endure, and also remind the recipients of those who gave them every time they’re opened.