Seeing Marriage as Natural

Seeing Marriage as Natural

“Marriage, if anything, is manifestly in accord with nature.” Musonius Rufus ‘In accord with nature’ or ‘natural:’ clearly this notion captures something primordial, almost beyond explanation. We say of a graceful ballerina that her movement looks effortless and...
A Wife: A Good Partner

A Wife: A Good Partner

“My opinion is that when a wife is a good partner in the house, her contribution is just as beneficial as the husband’s. …if both of these jobs are done well the household flourishes; but if they are done badly, households suffer.” Socrates, in Xenophon, The Estate...
Marital Conversation

Marital Conversation

“Is there anyone to whom you speak less than to your wife?” Socrates, in Xenophon’s The Estate Manager Thomas Aquinas suggests that spouses ought to have the greatest of friendships. His central reason is that they share in the “whole course of daily life.” In...
When a Daughter Gets Married

When a Daughter Gets Married

“When a festival goes as it should, men receive something that it is not in human power to give.” “In celebrating festivals festively, man passes beyond the barriers of this present life on earth.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity I think I...

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