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Even Average Joes Are Not Exempt From Lectio In Christianity

If you think you’re a common Joe that works better in the simple and straight-shooting thoughts of a working man, Christianity is perfect for you.  Let’s not forget God entrusted His Son to a common Joe of the working class.  Or, if you’re intellectually stout and find delight in ascending to higher levels of truth for its own sake, Christi...

05 05 2021

Big Families Are Not Enough

This article was previously published in Sword & Spade magazine. A father of 10 examines the illusions we can have  about big families and “fruitfulness.” by Charles Rumore “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it . . .” (Genesis 1:28). This challenging command remains a great grace to my wife and me because...

04 29 2021

Mercy Toward Your Family

by Pepper Martin At Ranch, this past summer a fellow captain from New York said to me something he had heard, “home is where you go when you are tired of being nice to people.” I shared this with my Exodus 90 group this past weekend and it got quite a chuckle out of everyone. The reason why it was so funny is because often it is so true.  S...

04 09 2021

When My Son Finally Trusted Me

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine.   Brian Speck tells how adopting a son with attachment disorders held great challenges. But then the story changed.   I converted to Catholicism in 2000 after marrying my wife, Leslie. For the first 15 years of our marriage I prioritized my career over my fai...

04 05 2021

Divorce, Happiness, and Joy

One of the cruelest self-delusions of divorcing parents is that “children are resilient.”  What is usually meant by that is that children will “recover” from the harm caused by divorce.  Those kids, after all, surely want the same thing that their parents want for them: to be happy.  This is yet another example of the modern vice of subo...

04 03 2021

Leading From a Hospital Bed

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade Magazine. Peter Gagnon, Fraternus Captain and father of 7, learned  new lessons in leading while bound to a bed with cancer.  I have always taught my children to meet challenges head on, but “teaching” took on a whole new look when I entered the darkest and most painful part of ...

03 31 2021

Marriage, New Life, and Perseverance

by Pepper Martin My wife and I practice natural family planning, but that wasn’t always the case.  Natural family planning (NFP) is a method for understanding and working with natural fertility cycles within a marriage. We have done this for about 8 years now.  We were not always obedient to the truth in this area of our marriage.  (I know ...

03 30 2021

The Power of Sunday

Adapted from Michael Naughton’s Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World (Emmaus Road Publishing, 2019) and previously published in Sword & Spade magazine.  The importance of the Sabbath and my need for Sunday became clear to me in 1999. Ironically, it was the year I received my first sabbatical (a word with the same...

03 26 2021

The Lost Festival of Family

This article was originally published in Sword & Spade magazine. by Charles Rumore The family has a regular opportunity for festivity: the evening meal. This daily event encapsulates all the elements intrinsic to authentic festival – temporal and spiritual purpose, preparation, community, rest, rejuvenation, reflection, conversation, an...

03 25 2021

Not Enough

This article was published in Sword & Spade magazine. Jeremy DiPiazza, Fraternus Captain, realized what was  missing from his kids’ Catholic school education. ‘‘Train up a child in the way he should go; for even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). My parents placed this bible verse at my bedside table whe...

03 20 2021

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