Seeking Memory Eternal
February 14, 2018

“May his memory be eternal.” “Vichnaya Pamyat.” (in Ukrainian) Traditional Byzantine Prayer for the Dead It seems that in this prayer for the dead we are really at the heart of life. Just as we are on Ash Wednesday. We ask that there be memory: indeed an everlasting one. Perhaps only such […]

Beyond Change
February 7, 2018

“But it is the same thing that at the same time has seen and is seeing.” Aristotle, Metaphysics This might seem a bit strange. But it is marvelous. Try this today. Look at something worth looking at, something beautiful: some-thing or some-one that you love. Keep looking. Now ask this question: what […]

Learning to Write by Hand
January 31, 2018

“The hand is the tool of tools.” Aristotle This post is different. Last autumn I decided I want to retrain my hand. To write. I had three reasons. First, my wife has always had beautiful handwriting, and it is simply so aesthetically pleasing. Second, I have read that ‘they’ are not teaching […]

The Work of Winter
January 24, 2018

“Each kind of work has its own season.” Hesiod, Works and Days I am convinced that our bodies, and souls, want to move with the rhythm of the seasons. But most of us have professions or callings in which our work does not really vary according to the season. And modern life […]

A Fire in the Hearth
January 17, 2018

“If we suppose the great Creator to condescend to survey his works in detail, what object can be so pleasing to him as that of the laborer, after his return from the toils of a cold winter day, sitting with his wife and children round a cheerful fire, while the wind whistles […]

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 […]

Being Intentional in the New Year
January 3, 2018

“Men will be good or bad builders as a result of building well or badly… Thus, in one word, states of character arise out of like activities. This is why the activities we exhibit must be of a certain kind…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics The activities we perform must be of a certain […]

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 […]

Physical Training, for the Soul
December 13, 2017

“He’ll work at physical exercises in order to arouse the spirited part of his nature, rather than to acquire the physical strength for which other athletes diet and labor. It looks as though they [the wise] established both [higher studies, and physical training] for the sake of the soul.” Plato, Republic For […]

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