True Friendship

Form the kind of friendships that make life worth living.

In a culture that puts connectedness over presence, and success over relationship, the true friendships we crave seem out of reach. Turn to the time-tested wisdom about the reality of true friendships and make a plan for forging them today.

What To Do?

My book on True Friendship sets out basic principles of friendship and how to pursue it. Click here to learn more about this book and my eight-segment video course of the same title from Catholic Courses. See below for featured Wednesday Quotes that address the theme of friendship.

Reconnecting in a Culture of Disconnection

Despite all the talk of relationship, today’s culture undermines real friendships at their root. True friendship remains possible if you begin by discovering what it is and requires.

Making Time and Space for Friendship

We often lack the contexts that enable friendship, and our practices from communication to recreation cripple our relationships. Learning a forgotten wisdom about friendship empowers you to forge it.

Overcoming Loneliness

The lack of meaningful relationships leaves us isolated and discouraged, like so many around us. True friendship is always possible if you make it a priority.

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Relating to a Deceased Parent

Relating to a Deceased Parent

“It is natural that a father’s care for his son should endure to the end of his life.” Thomas Aquinas, SCG Bk III My mother is moving today from the house to which she and my father came over twenty-two years ago. I have been helping in the enormous job of packing,...

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Graduation: A Teacher’s, and Father’s, Perspective

Graduation: A Teacher’s, and Father’s, Perspective

"One day it will please us to remember even this." Virgil, The Aeneid Graduation is always poignant for me. It is especially so this year. This last weekend my eldest daughter graduated from Christendom College, where I am a professor of philosophy. I have taught her...

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After We Married

After We Married

"Out of [this relationship] between man and woman...the first thing to arise is the household..." Aristotle, Politics There turned out to be much more going on than we realized, in our love for one another. I fell in love with you, and you fell in love with me—albeit,...

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Reclaiming Manners between Men and Women

Reclaiming Manners between Men and Women

The latest in my series on Reclaiming Manners is an article I posted at The Catholic Gentleman, a reflection on this quotation: "The greatest man would justly be reckoned a brute if he were not civil to the meanest woman." Martine's Handbook of Etiquette (1866)...

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Reclaiming Manners in Dress

Reclaiming Manners in Dress

"Wear not your clothes foul, ripped or dusty, but see that they be brushed once every day, at least, and take heed that you approach not to any uncleanness." Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior* Common practice in dress has notably deteriorated. Many young people...

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Reclaiming Manners: Honoring Age

Reclaiming Manners: Honoring Age

"You shall stand up before the hoary head, and honor the face of an old man..." Leviticus 19:32 Honoring age, by obvious and meaning-full bodily signs, is as old as humanity. Which signs are to be used is a matter of custom; that signs must be used is a matter of a...

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Reclaiming Manners in Speech

Reclaiming Manners in Speech

"Be not forward but friendly and courteous; the first to salute, hear, and answer; and be not pensive when it's a time to converse." #66, Rules of Civility & Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation* Regarding our power of speech Aristotle observes: "Nature,...

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Reclaiming Manners: The Look on Your Face

Reclaiming Manners: The Look on Your Face

"A man is known by his appearance, and a sensible man is known by his face, when you meet him." Sirach 19:29 It is the main thing that people see. So much about us, about our disposition toward those around us, is enshrined in our face. We simply owe to others a...

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Can Siblings Become Friends?

Can Siblings Become Friends?

Can siblings become our best friends? Should we expect this? What challenges do siblings face in becoming friends? How might parents foster sibling friendships in the home? I explore these issues at the Biola Center for Christian Studies blog here: Friendship Among...

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Reclaiming Manners: A Series

Reclaiming Manners: A Series

"Etiquette and ethics, rightly understood, are in fact continuous, partly because character is often revealed in outward display; moreover, the principles of self-command and consideration for others shown in ‘small manners’ are of a piece with virtue and justice....

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Aristotle and the Elections

Aristotle and the Elections

"Now it is best that there should be a public and proper care for such matters; but if they are neglected by the [political] community it would seem right for each man to help his children and friends toward virtue." Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Elections can make...

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Three Years of Wednesday Quotes

Three Years of Wednesday Quotes

"I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day..." Socrates, The Apology LifeCraft, "dedicated to the philosophy of household," came to birth just over three years ago during my sabbatical from teaching. Since then every Wednesday I have...

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