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The Primacy of Contemplation

The Primacy of Contemplation

“Everything human is an overflow from contemplation... We so rarely grant contemplation its proper place. Yet it cannot overflow unless it has this place. Nevertheless, everything derives from its fulness...” Pierre T. Dehau, O.P. The waters of reality run deep....

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Certain Things in Uncertain Times

Certain Things in Uncertain Times

“First house and wife and an ox for the plough.” Hesiod, Works and Days I think I am not alone in feeling unsettled these days. I experience a subtle, low-grade but constant stress, a sense of foreboding that tends toward fear. Where are things going in our nation and...

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Knowing Where Our Food Comes From

Knowing Where Our Food Comes From

“A significant part of the pleasure of eating is one’s accurate consciousness of the lives and the world form which food comes.” Wendell Berry, “The Pleasures of Eating” in What are People For? There are very good reasons to consider where our food comes from. Let us...

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When Medicine Becomes a Business

When Medicine Becomes a Business

“And it belongs to...the medical art to produce health, not to make money. Nevertheless, some men turn every art into a means of money-making, as if this is the end.” Aristotle, Politics The state of medical practice in our country and in the world has been brought...

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Announcing: Man of the Household Course NOW FREE

Announcing: Man of the Household Course NOW FREE

I have decided to make a big change at LifeCraft in order to bring my household courses to a broader audience. Troubled times call for a sober and serious response. Social and political dysfunction remind us that our households need to be a bastion of authentic human...

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Friendship after the Election

Friendship after the Election

“...but we do say that a city has concord when men have the same opinion about what is to their interest, and choose the same actions, and do what they have resolved in common.” “...for if people do not watch it carefully the common good is soon destroyed. The result...

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Useless Houses

Useless Houses

“Well then, Critobulus,” said Socrates, “what if I demonstrate that, in the first place, some people spend a lot of money on building useless houses, whereas others spend far less and build perfectly adequate houses?” Xenophon, The Estate Manager I wonder what...

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A Teacher to the End

A Teacher to the End

“Yet even in these nobility shines through, when a man bears with resignation many great misfortunes, not through insensibility to pain but through nobility and greatness of soul.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I didn’t realize how difficult it would be for me to...

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The Goal in Raising Children

The Goal in Raising Children

“Man lives by reason, which can attain to prudence only after long experience, so that children need to be instructed by their parents who are experienced.” Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles There are various ways to understand the ‘goal’ in raising children. In...

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Spending Large Sums Like an Artist

Spending Large Sums Like an Artist

The magnificent man is like an artist; for he can see what is fitting and spend large sums tastefully. The magnificent man spends not on himself but on public objects. Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics To examine with Aristotle the various virtues is an eye-opening tour...

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Remembering Our Dead Daily

Remembering Our Dead Daily

"I saw them in all the times past and to come, all somehow there in their own time and in all time and in no time..." Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow Some time ago it really struck me when reading Wendell Berry’s fiction how he portrayed growing old, and the deepening...

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The Courage to Be a Man

The Courage to Be a Man

“The courage of men is to command, so that no fear cause them to fail to order what should be done...” Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on Aristotle’s Politics To order what should be done. This is a rich and challenging notion. Aristotle and Aquinas are talking...

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