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...

Celebrate the Ember Days

History of the Ember Days The Ember Days, which were historically kept four times during the liturgical year, have a venerable history. Here is the explanation from the 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia. The purpose of their introduction, besides the general one intended by...

The Spirit of the Machine vs. The Spirit of Truth

I recently hosted a retreat with 30+ college students at my farm.  These young men spent a week in work, prayer, and rest, with an intentional focus on building Christian brotherhood and character.  Because so few had experienced work their new callouses bled and...