Boys, and Their Names
December 6, 2017

“What’s in a name?” William Shakespeare I think I now have confidence that it is not just me. There is something about boys and their names. When I was little I would look for places to write my name. In fact even just the first letter, inscribed the best I could, was […]

Intentional Friendship
November 29, 2017

“In choosing and testing friends you should not grow weary of caution, for the fruit of this labor is medicine for life and the most solid foundation for immortality.” Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship In his great treatise Aelred names four steps of true friendship. The first two, on which he focuses […]

Telling Stories at Thanksgiving
November 22, 2017

“Come, rather,” then she said, “dear guest, and tell us From the beginning the Greek stratagems…” The room fell silent, and all eyes were on him, As Father Aeneas from his high couch began… Virgil, The Aeneid Each of us has stories: the stories that are chapters of our life. To hear […]

Doing Something about the Technology Problem
November 15, 2017

“Technology enchants; it makes us forget what we know about life. The new—any old new—becomes confused with progress.” “When we move from conversation to mere connection, we get a lot of unintended consequences.” Sherri Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age I know many of us have been […]

Noticing Your Own Child
November 8, 2017

“Something being one’s own and being loved are the two things that most cause human beings to take diligent care.” Aristotle, Politics It was in a sermon I heard this past weekend. In describing a holy young man the priest said: “And already at that age, he noticed the poor.” He then […]

Looking Forward to Death
November 1, 2017

“If death is a change from here to another place, and what we are told is true and all who died are there, what greater blessing could there be…? If anyone arriving in Hades will have escaped from those who call themselves jurymen here, and will find those true jurymen who are […]

Good Work with Friends
October 25, 2017

“Indeed friends seem to become better by working together…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics There is something about good, hard work. You feel so alive, so purposeful. And when you work alongside people you love, you feel so alive and so purposeful together. We do not always get to work alongside our friends and […]

The Conversation of Friends
October 18, 2017

“…they have little taste for conversation, which especially seems to be the mark and cause of friendship.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics One of the most notable aspects of Aristotle’s understanding of true friendship is just how much it requires of a person. In this quotations he is speaking of those who are not […]

When a Daughter Gets Engaged
October 11, 2017

“I think that the gods exercised especially acute discernment in establishing the particular pairing which is called ‘male and female,’ to ensure that, when the partners cooperate, such a pair may be of the utmost mutual benefit.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager One of my daughters accepted a marriage proposal this past weekend. […]

A Girl Going Hunting
October 4, 2017

“For from the start the functions are divided, and those of the man and the woman are different.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics When my daughter first asked me if she could hunt I hesitated. I am firmly convinced that due to the natural difference between men and women, some activities are fitting for […]