Post Christmas Blues?
January 10, 2018

“Origen contended that the naming of specific holy days was done only for the sake of the ‘unitiated’ and ‘beginners’ who were not yet capable of celebrating the ‘eternal festival’.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity I always find re-entry a bit difficult. It’s not that the […]

Learning How to Have a Good Time Together
December 27, 2017

“What is a good time? Does anything of the sort exist?” Josef Pieper “The trick is not to arrange a festival, but to find people who can enjoy it.” Friedrich Nietzsche The time we spend with loved ones during Christmastide can be downright discouraging. People get frustrated, tempers flare over small things, […]

Remembering Deceased Loved Ones at Christmas
December 20, 2017

“I recall now two of my friends, who although no longer among the living are still alive for me and always will be.” Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship People die. This is one of the thorniest problems in the philosophy of friendship, as in the philosophy of human life itself. Perhaps the […]

Making a Castle, This Time of Year
December 28, 2016

“At this time of the year–the Christmas and New Year time–I am seldom out of my Castle. For the associations of the season seem to hold me there, and the precepts of the season seem to teach me that it is well to be there.” Charles Dickens, in ‘The Poor Relation’s Story’ […]

Articles
The Wisdom of the Magi
January 6, 2016

What can we learn from the Magi, and from the stars above us? On the traditional culmination of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Epiphany, here is my meditation posted at Catholic Exchange: What Stars Can Teach Us.

Wednesday Quotes
The Window of the New Year
December 30, 2015

“On New Year’s Eve, at about quarter to twelve o’clock at night, the master of the house and all that are with him go about from room to room opening every door and window, however cold the weather be, for thus, they say, the old year and its burdens can go out […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Wednesday Before Christmas
December 23, 2015

As my family prepares for Christmas I think of the many people with whom I have been able to be in contact through Bacon from Acorns: old friends and new friends, and people I haven’t met in the flesh. It is a blessing and an honor for me to be in contact […]

Wednesday Quotes
A Wish for the New Year
December 31, 2013

“On New Year’s Eve, at about quarter to twelve o’clock at night, the master of the house and all that are with him go about from room to room opening every door and window, however cold the weather be, for thus, they say, the old year and its burdens can go out […]

Wednesday Quotes
What We Wish at Christmas
December 23, 2013

In practicing the rites of worship men hope that they will be vouchsafed a share in the superhuman abundance of life. From time immemorial, this very thing has always been considered the true, the immanent fruit of all great festivals… Men are swept away from the here and now to utterly tranquil […]