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What Weddings Can We Attend?

This article was previously published in Sword and Spade magazine. Around the issues of belonging and communion, marriage is front and center. Setting aside the flagrant disregard for the obvious nature of marriage today, Catholics of goodwill can still be more than confused in regards to what weddings they can/should attend and which they ought...

07 26 2021

The Education Of Hardship

Daniel Kerr, founder of St. Martin’s Academy, discusses the loss and necessary finding of hard won experience.   A recent TIME magazine edition was dedicated exclusively to dispelling its readership from the gloom of finding themselves awake in a world they didn’t like. Apoplectic and growing increasingly bewildered by the glow of a ...

06 29 2021

St. Mary’s of the Plains

They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Isaiah 2:4 Gian Sardar wrote a book about her father who grew up in Kurdistan. “I saw my father as a boy in fields of blood-red poppies,” she said in an interview. “I imagined the mud huts he lived in, the sound of the call to prayer early in the morning and...

06 22 2021

Henry Adams, The Virgin, And The Gift Of Self

by Mr. Craig Taffaro   The force of charity is often lost on the modern American man. In American culture, even amongst Catholics, charity gets reduced to the dollars one puts in the collection basket or gives to a favorite (or annoyingly persistent) charitable organization. Sometimes, charity breaks free of this common mold and becomes ...

06 16 2021

Drug Court

The courtroom was packed. Lawyers, reporters, county commissioners and law enforcement officials crammed into the benches next to ex-offenders, recovering addicts, clergy, therapists, social workers, friends, relatives and children. The occasion was not judicial hearing, but a graduation marking a client’s successful completion of the local dr...

06 15 2021

Redeeming The Movie: Enjoying The Art Of Film In The Home

This article was previously published in Sword & Spade magazine. Stephen Beaumont, who selects all movie clips used in  Fraternus, challenges us to rethink movie night. Movies have a vast influence in our culture today — mostly negative. For those of us who strive to raise our families according to traditional values, we often find tha...

06 09 2021

Night in Heaven: Reclaiming the Evening for God and Family

This article was previously published in Sword & Spade magazine. Editor’s note: Some might not see the wisdom in examining a father’s experience battling television decades ago, since it is a form of media largely displaced by phones and devices. What Mr. Gilbert’s account offers, however, is the courage and foresight of a father to re...

06 08 2021

On Leisure: The Basis Of Culture

This article was previously published in Sword & Spade magazine. An entry into Pieper’s book, by Wes Hill.   In Leisure: the Basis of Culture, the late German philosopher Josef Pieper argues for a vision of human flourishing grounded on leisure. It is leisure properly understood, according to Pieper, that will restore Christian ...

06 04 2021

Travels with Guapo

In high school, books by John Steinbeck were assigned reading: The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl and The Red Pony.  I loved those books. Now that I’m getting ready to retire, it’s time to read Travels with Charley: In Search of America. Steinbeck wrote that book while traveling across the country in a pickup with a camper ac...

06 01 2021

Justice Of The King

by Craig Taffaro Pope Pius XI established the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe in 1925 with his encyclical Quas Primas. The encyclical describes the nature and extent of Christ’s Kingship and how the Church should ever uphold the ultimate rule of Our Lord in the public sphere, especially in the face o...

05 29 2021

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