What to Expect at SJF Father/Son Retreats

Father/son retreats at SJF are a one-of-a-kind experience, but what makes it so is not how elaborate the weekend is, but the simplicity.  SJF weekends are a return to basics – really, it’s an entering into a rhythm of life that many of us remember or know intuitively...

The Hero Always Comes Home

We should be reluctant to divide things that are not divided.  Or, if we are to divide things, we do so in a way that allows them to be reunited so as to be more fruitful.  God, for example, “divides” Eve from the side of Adam, but then brings them together into...

The Manliness of Leisure

Jesus reveals that true manhood loses itself for the beloved.  But what if we don’t see others as exactly loveable, let alone “beloved”?  If you are having trouble really loving, perhaps you’re having trouble seeing.  We look at humanity and the humans that make it up...

In Praise of Catholic Homesteading

When the Papacy is vacant the whole Church looks longingly for a puff of smoke from a little chimney – the household of the Church feels lonely without Papa.   When it comes we rejoice, because our father has come home. When I see puffs of smoke from a little...