Addressing Disembodiment in our Relationships

Addressing Disembodiment in our Relationships

We are consistently told that bodily presence is optional and expendable. This message is reinforced by technologies that make being ‘remote’ easy and attractive. And the fact is we have changed our lives accordingly—to the detriment, especially, of the relationships...
When Life Is Even Better Than Gardening

When Life Is Even Better Than Gardening

I have discovered an arresting reference to how the drama of the soul is even better than the drama of the soil. Usually, we see how life is like cultivating the earth. Here, we have the joy of seeing how in a pivotal way it is significantly better. In examining the...
Ten Words to Transform Our Home Life

Ten Words to Transform Our Home Life

This is perhaps at once the most terrifying and practical of all the principles I have found in Thomas Aquinas. It explains so much of human unhappiness—especially today—while also pointing to a remedy, starting right in our homes. The principle is ten words, plus a...
Lenten Resolutions: Sowing Good Seed

Lenten Resolutions: Sowing Good Seed

The life-lessons from sowing seed are endless. Not every seed we plant will grow; but nothing can grow except from seed. We should always begin then by planting what we want to grow, even if it might not come to full fruition. “Man casts seed to the ground, when he...
2 Steps to Discovering Our Contemplative Identity

2 Steps to Discovering Our Contemplative Identity

Perhaps the most dramatic assertion about human nature, in part because of the difficulty in comprehending it and its implications, is that man is at root a contemplative being. The great Josef Pieper famously asserts this point with unapologetic force: “Man,...
God’s Timing: Learning to Accept and Enact It

God’s Timing: Learning to Accept and Enact It

A great divide in approaches to life is whether we see God’s Providence as really in charge. Perhaps the main way we reject it is regarding timing. Why does this ailment drag on? Why didn’t I meet this person sooner? Did this problem have to happen now? Or even, why...

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