Month: July 2018

  • Biking Stanford

    Biking Stanford

    After finishing breakfast at Napa Institute yesterday morning and huddling with Bobby Schindler, I decided to drive south to Palo Alto to work on some writing. Strategically, this meant that I was able to visit Stanford’s campus and spent about 90 minutes biking it on a Lime-E bike like I did in Seattle with the […]

  • Leaving Napa

    This year’s Napa Institute went by very quickly, compared to the past two years. I’m sure part of that is my comfort/familiarity with its structure at this point, but it has also grown significantly in size just since I started coming and that has made it somewhat more difficult to break out of the initial…

  • Sun, soil, and humanity

    Sun, soil, and humanity

    While the Napa Institute is taking place at the Meritage Resort hotel and conference spaces, nature in its grandeur is available just a few short steps up into the vineyards adjacent. A walk through these vineyards provides some incredible views of the surrounding hills, of the Meritage itself, and of the sun-lit vines that bear…

  • At Trinitas Cellars

    This morning at Napa Institute, Cardinal Müller spoke on “Moral Principles Based on Veritatis Splendor,” followed by Dr. Catherine Pakaluk on “Pilgrim Pope, Bright Mountain” on John Paul the Great and a vision of pilgrimage and societies capable of serving the human good. These were helpful and provocative talks, and I was looking forward to…

  • Sonoma scenes

    Sonoma scenes

    The first full day of Napa Institute gets underway this morning. Due to a work meeting, I’ll be sorry to miss Thomas Aquinas College’s morning seminar examining John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio. But the rest of today should make up for what I miss. Archbishop Charles Chaput celebrated mass last night in the Estate…