Month: February 2017

  • Free-born minds

    A few years ago I wrote at National Review about the idea of “the free-born mind,” as C.S. Lewis presented it in The Abolition of Man. He writes on the repercussions for a culture that has decoupled the civic and moral aspects of its shared identity into separate and competing arenas. What results? Cultural schizophrenia, where the warden-caretaker becomes the master: As a […]

  • Scattered SEPTA thoughts

    I started writing this last week while riding SEPTA into Philadelphia and thinking over a few things that have been marinating for a few months. 1. The “Silverliner V” commuter trains have been around for a while now and they’re very nice. The next generation (double deckers like NJ Transit has long had) are in the…

  • Catholic social teachings

    In the latest Legatus magazine Andreas Widmer writes: What makes business leadership Catholic? …knowing and implementing the Church’s social teaching. Many business leaders are surprised to learn that the Church’s rich social teaching didn’t start with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891); it goes back to Sts. Thomas and Augustine, the Church Fathers and…

  • No lazy lover

    No lazy lover

    I’m standing outside of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Michael Novak’s funeral took place just hours ago in the Crypt Church, where I’d estimate some 400 or so came together to recognize death and to pray for a man they knew who has left the stage. The funeral…

  • Actively crafting a life

    I once heard a priest tell this joke during his homily: Three men are talking after a long night of drinking (“philosophizing”) about how they want to be remembered when they die. The first man said, “As a good father and husband.” The second man, a teacher, said, “I hope my students remember me as…