Weekend 455.0

Lead, Kindly Light“This world is a scene of conflict between good and evil. The evil not only avoids but persecutes the good; the good cannot conquer except by suffering. Good men seem to fail; their cause triumphs, but their own overthrow is the price paid for this success. — Endurance of Censure

Advent 2019

“You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed; the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” — Rom 13:11-14 Lead, […]

La Marche de Saint Joseph

I promised a ton in the hopper! Today marks my first week as an expatriate. Yesterday I went to mass at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. I met up with 14 pilgrims from Our Lady of Assumption and we walked 12 miles and visited 7 churches! It was amazing (even though all the lectures were in […]

2018 Advent Retreat at St. Joseph’s Abbey (Part 2)

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it stillWill lead me on,O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, tillThe night is gone;And with the morn those angel faces smileWhich I have loved long since, and lost awhile. — The Pillar of the Cloud by Cardinal John Henry Newman A couple more notes from […]

Weekend 436.0

(1) Haruki Murakami: ‘You have to go through the darkness before you get to the light’ (The Guardian)

Weekend 435.0

A quote from the National Being by Æ: “For all the talk about democracy our social order is truly little more democratic than Rome was under the Caesars, and our new rulers have not, will all their wealth, created a beauty which we could imagine after generations brooding over with uplifted heart…our democracies too often take […]

Weekend 431.0 (tires and tubes)

Still getting used to this WP Gutenberg update.

Weekend 429.0

“Are you even going to give out your calendars? Seems kind of depressing. Maybe it should just be the first meeting of the secret society.” – Peter Strzok “Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful…to give an appearance of solidarity to pure wind.” – George Orwell

Weekend 422.0

Three quotes from Ware: Conversations… “More than anything I was just trying to get a real sense of what it felt like to be alive, and there’s a lot of those moments in life. I didn’t want to ignore them. I wanted to try to put them on the page, to try to get a […]

Christmas Eve 2017

“The monastic tradition has seen and done almost everything in its long history. Its most lasting achievement, however, has been to chart the royal way of holiness for the entire Church.” – Francis Kline, Lovers of the Place: Monasticism Loose in the Church The men saving history from ISIS: In the face of danger, a […]

That great fiction…

(1) We Live In The Dystopia Young Adult Fiction Warns Us About: Young adult fiction is awash in projections of a dystopian future, yet we’re still sliding into that future, and young adults are going along with it. (The Federalist) “Complain about any of this, and where will it get you? Anyone who expresses dissent […]

…a place of refreshment, light, and peace.

Weekend 399.1 (Listening to Ella…all night long)

Richard Florida Is Sorry: For years, Richard Florida preached the gospel of the creative class. His new book is a mea culpa. (JACOBIN)

Weekend 396.0

What the Bird Said Early in the Year by C.S. Lewis I heard in Addison’s Walk a bird sing clear: This year the summer will come true. This year. This year. Winds will not strip the blossom from the apple trees This year, nor want of rain destroy the peas. This year time’s nature will […]

Weekend 385.0

“I have found the still point around which the whole country revolves without knowing it.” – Thomas Merton A quote from The Prayer of Love and Silence by a Carthusian. “The faithful soul finds its good in everything that affects it; a principle more profound than that which governs the life of nature causes it […]