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Ordinary Means for an Extraordinary Holiday Season

Ordinary Means for an Extraordinary Holiday Season

“We must also remember that no metamorphosis since pre-historic times is in any way comparable to the metamorphosis that we are now undergoing.” “[Man is] a creature which is not only capable of gratuitous acts but of which it can be said that such acts are this...

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Presence when Absent: A Husband’s Gift

Presence when Absent: A Husband’s Gift

“The beloved is said to be in the lover… [even] in the absence of the beloved, because of the lover’s longing towards…the good he wills to the beloved with a love of friendship.” Thomas Aquinas One thing my marriage has taught me is that really ‘being-present’ to...

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Does Everyone Need an Obi-wan?

Does Everyone Need an Obi-wan?

“And if someone dragged him away from there by force, up the rough, steep path, and didn’t let him go until he had dragged him into the sunlight, wouldn’t he be pained and irritated at being treated that way?” Socrates, Plato’s Republic We seldom reflect on a stark...

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Teaching Like Socrates

Teaching Like Socrates

“Is questioning an educational process, Ischomachus? I’m asking because I’ve just understood your method of questioning me. You take me through points that I know, you show me that these points are no different from points I’d been thinking that I didn’t know, and...

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Does Getting Married Mean Giving Up Dreams?

Does Getting Married Mean Giving Up Dreams?

Over the years, I, and many others I know, both before and after getting married, have grappled with the issue of giving up dreams. It is difficult and nuanced. And it is especially important for how we think about, and live, marriage. My basic conviction is this: the...

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Who Is Taking Care of My Wife?

Who Is Taking Care of My Wife?

“... surely every care should be taken on behalf of our own children’s mother...” Aristotle, Economics It can seem a flaw in nature’s plan. Those that attend most to the needs of others—especially children, and the weak and suffering—often want for such attention to...

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To Hear the Call of the Leaves

To Hear the Call of the Leaves

“It is no wonder, then, that at this peculiar time, this week (or moment) of the year, the desires which if they do not prove at least demand—perhaps remember—our destiny, come strongest. They are proper to the time of autumn, and all men feel them.” Hilaire Belloc,...

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The Pressing Importance of Celebrating Birthdays

The Pressing Importance of Celebrating Birthdays

I think we should be more intentional about celebrating birthdays. It’s something we all will benefit from. Especially today. It’s not that celebrating birthdays is by its nature important for human life. There were societies or cultures where this was not a practice....

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Boys: Fighters So They Can Be Fathers

Boys: Fighters So They Can Be Fathers

“Whether these people will endure it, I do not know; but I know very well that no man will who has a sword!” Lucius Verginius, in Livy’s History of Rome* Boys tend to be raucous. The overthrow of the harmony of home or school, and the bane of many a parent’s or...

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The Power of Music

The Power of Music

“...from enjoying the imitation, they come to enjoy the reality.” Socrates, in Plato’s Republic If Socrates is correct then we have in music a remarkable opportunity to expand our souls. We also have the danger of deforming them. Reading good books is an irreplaceable...

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Being a Man or Woman: Nature’s Gift

Being a Man or Woman: Nature’s Gift

“Nature, as we often say, makes nothing in vain.” Aristotle, Politics “Can you deny that a woman is by nature very different from a man?” Plato, Republic It is not surprising that the most controversial, and personally challenging, moral issues of our day touch...

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Reading Aloud and Renewing Life in the Home

Reading Aloud and Renewing Life in the Home

"The household is the association established by nature for the supply of man's everyday wants." Aristotle, Politics Experience shows that changes that happen slowly can go almost unnoticed, even when they have significant negative consequences. Perhaps the most...

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