For those who haven’t seen it or want a refresher, here’s the clip of Reginald Foster and Bill Maher. It amazes me how Maher struck the major emotional chord of Reginaldus’ life: a man who dedicated his life to the Church, then fell in love with God, and has had to try (with only partial success) to keep on doing both. And in truth, what are we supposed to do about this problem? In this clip you can see in Reginaldus’ heart a wise monastic resignation fighting a noble desire for something better. The Church in Europe shows the phenomenon especially clearly: a political power structure, beautiful in certain ways but ugly in others and easily and often abused, which has served as both the vehicle and the obstacle of spiritual truth.