Seemingly long gone mother answers Albert Einstein

Bidding on eBay began at $3 million in early October on a letter from Albert Einstein, in which he dismisses God as “nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses.”

My Mom never spent a day in a college classroom, but I believe she produced a pretty good counter to the great mind of Einstein.

This essay, which references my mother’s 1997 funeral, appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of the Catholic Review. I wrote it before heading to Texas, where my wife, Mary, and I hosted our daughter Kate’s wedding in late September. As the happy day approached, we fretted about a tropical storm inundating the Hill Country. Sure enough, the night before the wedding, the welcome party was drenched by a strong downpour. It didn’t last long, however, and produced the glorious double rainbow shown in the accompanying photo.

For the record, that rainbow was courtesy of Tropical Storm Miriam.

My mother’s name? Miriam.


Catholic Review

The Catholic Review is the official publication of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.