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The planting of trees in the orchard—the passing down of tradition, of the moral wisdom of the past, of the torch of life, and of the beauty of life’s simplest but richest and pleasures—produces the great harvest of joy that culminates in the final chapters of the...
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I sometimes yearn nostalgically for that old fire in her eyes. More twists and turns await my wife and me on this strange voyage to the very ends of sanity and the edges of madness. I know—but hope she does not know—that, as in many adventures, there...
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My father was not an easy man to categorize when it came to politics. He was, like almost everybody else where I grew up, a registered Democrat. Republicans in New England and the middle Atlantic states were not fond...
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We went wrong when we replaced the pursuit of the Good Life with the pursuit of busy-ness, which, as “business,” is idolized as an end in itself; indeed, as the end in itself. We were not made to be busy; we were made to be good...
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What is the worst thing about living in the rubble of a civilization? It is not that you shed a tear for the noble churches and courts and town halls you once knew, as you recall years filled with religious services, parades and block parties. It is...
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Strong memories—of good times, of challenges met, of shaping experiences commonly shared—are the critical foundation of a good and meaningful life, particularly if you are young. Cherished memories of days passed can spur us on, can exhort us, and can motivate us when our own days seem...
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Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical Humanae Vitae cuts across modernity's default epicurean position by insisting that sexuality is a profound participation in hope, an affirmation that every God-given human life has inestimable worth, not a negotiable value…
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Men, let’s encourage one another to become true fathers again. In an age when fear dominates every relationship, we need real fathers more than ever—men who are beacons of light and who provide companionship, love, and hope in a world filled with loneliness, pain, and despair...
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Is it time for today’s parents to reverse course and begin teaching their children to respect others first, instead of their own little selves?... Let’s face it. Almost every child has likely had some type...
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Compared to today’s decidedly pragmatic US President, the tradition-minded Cambridge medievalist proves to be more exclusive and more provincial, for it is the creator of the beloved Narnia series who would resist tenaciously any attempt to flood his country with Norwegians, however law-abiding and productive. So before preaching the Benedict Option...
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Those soldiers gave my grandfather’s graveside service a gravity and dignity it would have lacked otherwise. They shared a bond with him that I can never understand, for I am a soldier’s grandson but not a soldier... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our...
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Until individuals, families, institutions, and government are restored to their proper roles, America will continue crashing through the debt ceiling... It is official: The national debt has now exceeded $21 trillion. The tragic news comes just six months...
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To be a conservative is first and foremost to defend or to conserve something good: to protect family, neighborhood, local community, and region... Louis de Bonald Of the many attempts to define conservatism in recent decades,...
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Why are so many American white men killing themselves and others? And what’s to be done about this phenomenon?... Not long ago I was traveling back from a speaking engagement when I pulled into a Waffle House...