Follow the Star: the Folly of Certainty

Beauty, Truth, and the Good are real. What do I mean by that? Beauty, Truth, and the Good exist independent of human minds. They exist in the Mind of God (at least) and so can be known. If the Good can be known, the moral life is possible. If the Truth can be known, then [Read More…]

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Give Money to Have Less Money: God Will Bless You, Every One.

Scrooge got angry with his nephew Fred over a “Merry Christmas” claiming he would like to see such humbugs boiled in their own pudding and buried with a stake of holly in their hearts.* This is a far worse reaction to Christmas than a Starbucks red cup. Scrooge loves money because he thinks it keeps [Read More…]

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Praying for Mr. Trump (After Eight Years of Praying for Mr. Obama): Five Requests

Recently I marked a change in my daily prayers: I began to pray for the President Elect after praying for President Obama for eight years. The old order is changing and is giving way to the new. That is the way of a Republic. I pray for our head of state, because I should. Why? [Read More…]

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Advent: Between Thanksgiving and Christmas

Let’s celebrate the coming of Jesus, but not quite yet! We are “between” in the United States and every school teacher feels the joyous tension of being past Thanksgiving and yet weeks from Christmas. Even our college students feel it, the anticipation with so much left to do. If you are not a teacher, work [Read More…]

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Mozart and a Quiet Moment Without a Moment of Drowsiness

Listening to Mozart live is one of the few musical experiences where I am made calm, yet not sleepy. I was lucky enough to hear Jeffery Kahane conduct and play piano for a packed house in Houston.  We have had a wonderful, but busy holiday with much to do later to get ready for the work [Read More…]

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The Glass Bauble Was Beautiful . . . God, so Beautiful

We put up the Christmas tree today and the entire time was lovely. We went to the great parking lot of trees and looked for a humble tree . . . avoiding the dreaded “proud tree.” “A proud tree,” you ask? And there is no good explanation except to say that long ago a wise [Read More…]

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Born to Free: Advent is Coming

Everyone is born to be free, but soon finds themselves in chains. This is not because of politics, unless referring to the governance of the soul. Within each person, desire fights with reason and desires too often win. Not that desire is bad, in place, desire adds sweetness and joy to life, yet we so [Read More…]

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Thanks Lewis: on Miniature London

We finished it. Every year we work hard to create a Dickens’ Village worthy of Disneyland and every year we come closer. This year was the best we have done and we are proud of our success. Of all tasks, it is one of the most useless. We are not creating great art, or art [Read More…]

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Find One Moment of Beauty

Sufficient is more than enough, but a culture built on consumption cannot stop. There are many harms that come from continuous wanting, but one of the worst is missing a single moment of beauty. Most days are pretty normal. Today I worked on The Saint Constantine School finances (job one for me!) and prepared for [Read More…]

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In Which I Suggest Five Topics for Thanksgiving Dinner

If religion and politics were off the table, then we would not be able to speak at our house at Thanksgiving. Actually, we are good at disagreeing in our household, even enjoy disagreement, so we lack the history of uncomfortable conversations some others experience. However, I am told that this is not true in every [Read More…]

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