Chesterton on Advent and Christmas

Now Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home David Mills recent, insightful essay titled Just Wait: Because Waiting Makes It More Fun: A reflection prompted by a mid-Advent [ . . . ]

St. Bernard and Thomas Merton on Simplicity & the True Aim of Life

“…our chief, in fact our only task, is to get rid of the ‘double’ garment, the overlaying layer of duplicity that is not ourselves.”  –Thomas Merton on finding our true self. Today is the feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. [ . . . ]

Thomas Merton, Fuga Mundi & the Benedict Option – Fuga Mundi Series, Part 5

  Thomas Merton’s fuga mundi, or “flight from the world,” was a complex and multi-faceted thing.  When I envisioned this series back in the fall I had to idea it would end where it did.  I didn’t ever think that [ . . . ]

Monastic Reformers, Cistercians & Maurists – Fuga Mundi Series, Part 4

The Cistercians and Maurists, or the Congregation of St. Maur, each found themselves in altogether different environs than the previous monastic fathers we have discussed in the Series.  Antony the Great, Pachomius the Great, and St. Benedict each began as [ . . . ]

St. Benedict of Nursia – Fuga Mundi Series, Part 3

Welcome to the third installment of the Fuga Mundi Series.   Christians have always been faced with the challenge of how to be “in the world, but not of the world.”  The Latin phrase for this is fuga mundi, which literally [ . . . ]