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The Tree of Our Life: Juxtapositions IX

February 06th, 2015 by G.

From Alma’s sermon on faith: (more…)

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February 06th, 2015 09:59:29


January 26th, 2015 by Vader

Real communities involve extended networks of trust and goodwill. Fake communities have regulations, fees, subsidies, and checklists.

— Jonah Goldberg

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January 26th, 2015 12:10:29


January 23rd, 2015 by MC

A few nights ago, in the sleepy haze that follows nightly prayer but precedes full unconsciousness, Mrs. MC and I discussed how we discipline our kids, what we might change, etc. Nowadays, no right-thinking parent ever defends corporal punishment, even if they sometimes practice it. It’s time outs, privileges withheld, that’s it.  (more…)

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January 23rd, 2015 02:02:03

Spotted on Facebook

December 24th, 2014 by Quis Custodiet

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December 24th, 2014 13:28:10

Who’s Your Ingroup, Anyway?

December 09th, 2014 by MC

Meg Stout gives a plausible explanation of when dissent warrants expulsion from the Church, and when it doesn’t. It’s true that the women’s organization “Give Us The Priesthood Or We’re Telling The NY Times” (that was the name, right?) was “tone-deaf when it comes to Mormon culture but in tune with world media.” They certainly seemed to come from a much more alien value system than some of the subtler snakes in the grass, who dress and talk like Mormons, so much that they seem almost like the real thing. But I think it’s even simpler than even that. (more…)

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December 09th, 2014 01:34:08

“Large families, large houses, traditional role models, and single incomes”

November 18th, 2014 by MC

Those words would be as good an answer as I could give to the question originally addressed to Conan the Barbarian: “What is best in life?”

But they’re actually taken from this passage: (more…)

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November 18th, 2014 02:31:03

The Feast Day of St. Demography

June 27th, 2014 by G.

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June 27th, 2014 13:05:45

Geteilte Freude ist doppelte Freude

June 21st, 2014 by Vader

Geteilter Schmerz halber Schmerz.

Which is why we are under solemn covenant to mourn with those that mourn. Reading Dan’s blog this week has been awfully hard on the photoreceptors, which don’t respond well to saltwater immersion.

And please consider making a modest donation to nowilaymedowntosleep.org, which Dan has indicated provided its free services to his family. I visited the web site and it seems like a very worthy charity.

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June 21st, 2014 09:57:49

Mirabile dictu

June 16th, 2014 by Vader

Fathers matter.

A lot.

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June 16th, 2014 09:02:27

Captain Telemachus USA

March 31st, 2014 by Vader

In the closing days of the Second World War:      (more…)

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March 31st, 2014 11:23:07

A vivid contrast with Sandra Fluke

March 23rd, 2014 by Vader

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March 23rd, 2014 12:50:37

Birkenhead Drill, Mother’s Edition

March 20th, 2014 by Vader

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March 20th, 2014 10:52:26

Dysfunction à l’Anglais

February 22nd, 2014 by Vader

With echoes of Thomas Hobbes.     (more…)

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February 22nd, 2014 12:45:02

Woman is the Glory of Man

February 11th, 2014 by G.

The man is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.

Thus St. Paul.

He says it in the middle of some deeply reactionary stuff about women keeping their head covered in church and such so this particular teaching gets lost. But as with an illusionist’s trick, the part that draws the eye isn’t the important part.

So what does Paul mean? I don’t know. But sometimes my life as a husband and a father feels like I could say ‘she is my glory.’ I feel like I do a lot of scutwork out in the world and a lot of discipline and order and stabilizing at home to make possible the little circle of domestic intimacy that she creates. Because of what I have to do to make it possible, or because I am the sort of person who does what is necessary to make it possible, I can’t fully be a part of it. But all the same that circle validates all my efforts, it seems to me.

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February 11th, 2014 12:35:23

Subversion of reverence for the family is among the greatest evils of modernity –

January 19th, 2014 by Bookslinger

– because family is the primary metaphor for divine love.

To misunderstand the family leads modern Man to misunderstand God – to find Him incomprehensible.

Thus, Bruce Charlton.

This dovetails with his previous post about how without God you cannot love your neighbour.

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January 19th, 2014 17:20:33