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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.  Bernard was one of the most prominent figures in the high middle ages in Europe and had a profound influence…

Thomas Merton, RIP


On this day 47 years ago in 1968, the Church lost one of its greatest spiritual teachers.  Everything in me wants this day to be known as the Feast of St. Thomas Merton.  But alas, the Church has not seen fit to canonize this 20th century spiritual master.  It hasn’t been too many years since his death, so perhaps some…

Prayer with the Trappists at St. Joseph’s Abbey


Yes, I did actually make it out to the abbey for Lauds and Mass at 6:00 am both Friday and Saturday mornings.  Breathing monastic air once again and participating, as much as one can, in the prayer was both refreshing and inspiring.  The simple weight of the liturgy, the chant, and the whole monastic pace of life bearing down on…

My “Benedict Option” Reading List: A Response


  Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option Reading List post today was the perfect response to the recent barrage of critics of the Benedict Option (most recently here, today).  It inspired me to post my own list.  Note the whole left stack is monastic sources dating back to St. Athanasius’ biography of St. Antony of the Desert, one of the biggest influences on the…

Alasdair MacIntyre: A Primer


I wanted to share an overview of Alasdair MacIntyre’s work and why he is important. I’m not going to even pretend to write something original, as many, many people more competent than I have already done this.  The two resources below serve as a great introduction to MacIntyre’s work.  I mean it literally as a primer, to, hopefully “prime your pump”…

Some of my own scribblings


I found out about a year ago that St. John’s University’s School of Theology, where I received my Master of Arts in Systematic Theology, had posted the final thesis papers of their graduates online. The two I wrote are here: A Heretic Reconsidered: Pelagius, Augustine & Original Sin. Toward A Domestic Ecclesiology: The “Domestic Church” Finds Articulation in John Paul…

Another Benedict is born!


Welcome!  The site is still under construction, but let me tell you a bit about it while you’re here. The site is inspired by the famous (to some) last chapter of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre’s book After Virtue, where he states that our society and culture are in need of a different type of St. Benedict to survive our current cultural malaise.  St.…

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