Friendship in Marriage: What Really Makes a Home

Friendship in Marriage: What Really Makes a Home

A key explanation of why happiness is so elusive is in the answer to this question: Why are some homes more a ‘home’ than others? This is no surprise, since the wise tell us that home is where our heart is at rest. Indeed, where else would our heart be at rest? Life...
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...
The Christmas Lesson for Our Age: Scrooge

The Christmas Lesson for Our Age: Scrooge

Dicken’s A Christmas Carol speaks to all of us at Christmas time by raising the central issue of human life: priorities. What do we really prioritize each day? The story’s powerful and perpetual appeal comes from how well it raises this question, especially regarding...
Importance of Place: Make a House a Home

Importance of Place: Make a House a Home

Bluebirds and tree swallows raise their young in a house. But though they make a nest, they don’t make a home. Humans make homes. A home is a house where humans make a life together. A home is a physical place distinct from all others precisely because it is the place...
The Last Defense of Our Homes

The Last Defense of Our Homes

“A time may come soon when…there will be need of valor without renown, for none shall remember the deeds that are done in the last defense of our homes. Yet the deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” J.R. Tolkien’s Aragorn, The Lord of the...

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