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Need: The Hidden Key to Wealth

Need: The Hidden Key to Wealth

“Well, you see, my property is enough to supply me with all my needs...” Socrates, in Xenophon’s Estate Manager While Socrates was not destitute, the value of his estate was relatively low. Yet he expresses gratitude for his financial situation. He assures his friend...

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Something I Owe My Wife

Something I Owe My Wife

  “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” Proverbs Our failure to see the natural roles of husband and wife has real consequences. This stands to reason. When we miss the difference and...

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Make Beauty, Rediscover Humanity

Make Beauty, Rediscover Humanity

“Beautiful things are those which please when seen.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae This much is clear if we have eyes to see: beauty is a first principle in the formation of the world. We could even say it is the principle. The natural world and all its processes...

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Benedict XVI on Going Home

Benedict XVI on Going Home

“And, to tell the truth, if I try to imagine a little how paradise will be, I think always of the time of my youth, of my childhood. In this context of confidence, of joy and love we were happy, and I think that paradise must be something like how it was in my youth....

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Christmas, and Longing for Home

Christmas, and Longing for Home

“I have come to bring you home, dear Brother! ... Home, for good and all. Home, for ever and ever. Father is so much kinder than he used to be, that home’s like Heaven!” A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens Home is like heaven. What more is there to say? Dickens’s...

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Winter Cherries and the Gift of Christmas

Winter Cherries and the Gift of Christmas

“All these years we’ve been so generous. I’m afraid we’ve given all our wealth away. I’m afraid we have no more to give.” Winter Cherries, as told by Odds Bodkin May this problem—one that brings into focus an amazing aspect of the gift of Christmas—be one we might...

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To Bring Singing into Our Homes Again

To Bring Singing into Our Homes Again

In her book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Sherry Turkle makes a commonsense suggestion so simple we might miss its power and urgency. Make face to face conversations normal again. Here I offer a corollary suggestion. Make face to face...

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Tell Your Daughter She’s Beautiful

Tell Your Daughter She’s Beautiful

How can women come to have a proper perception of their own beauty? I have a suggestion toward a partial answer. A great beginning is that fathers learn to see their daughters' beauty; and then tell them. I think we fathers too easily forget that insistent voices are...

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Where Complementarity Comes Home

Where Complementarity Comes Home

“From the beginning, family duties are distinct; some are proper to the husband, others to the wife. Thus mutual needs are provided for, when each contributes his own services to the common good.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics There isn’t anything else quite like it....

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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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