Jesus, Taxes, and Charity

By Matthew Cooper Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk. And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, ‘Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not?’But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, ‘Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew … [Read more...]

Art For An Integral Ecology

A. Vonn Hartung is a Puerto Rico-based artist who works across a variety of media, including painting, woodcarving, mosaic, and ceramics. His defining achievement came in 2001 when he was commissioned to paint the official portrait of Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Santiago, the first Puerto Rican to be so recognized by the Holy See. Vonn's portrait hangs in the Hall of Saints of the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican. Inspired by Pope Francis, Vonn and his wife Patty are now off … [Read more...]

Mother Maria Skobtsova, Martyr of Sobornost’

By Matthew Franklin CooperOn the 31st of March, we celebrate the dies natalis of Mother Maria (Skobtsova), a beloved martyr and witness to Christ among the Russian émigré population in France. Her Essential Writings are particularly recommended during this Lenten season, as her essays, though brief, are spiritually and personally challenging on a number of levels. They should also certainly be of interest to the good folks of Solidarity Hall and The Dorothy Option, given the close a … [Read more...]

Not Just Another Option

By Josh BrumfieldI confess I like the Benedict Option. I am attracted to the notion of intentional community. I trust in the long-term missionary potential of practices of stability. One might say I have lived in a BenOp community, although most of us living there would not describe it as such, and some would overtly dispute the claim. I have argued at conferences for Ratzinger’s Benedict Option, but I think Ratzinger’s Benedictine idea of creative minorities might have more in common with th … [Read more...]