Where do my virtues live?

From The Screwtape Letters, by CS Lewis (so NB: this is advice from one demon to another, so “the Enemy” is God and “Our Father” is Satan): Think of your man as a series of concentric circles, his will being the innermost, his intellect coming next, and finally his fantasy. You can hardly hope, at... Continue Reading →

Capitalism finds a way (but make it find another)

I've cut way back on my politics diet, so I don't care about the possible partisan dimensions of Chris Stirewalt's book; but Politico has an adapted excerpt that's interesting, and these paragraphs particularly so: Unable to sell large, diverse audiences to advertisers, news outlets increasingly focus on developing highly habituated users. To cultivate the kind... Continue Reading →

Psalm 90

I was recently made aware of this excellent rendering of Psalm 90, with background music, in English and Hebrew. It opens All the Wrecked Light, a new album by Hannah Hubin. She discusses the album's creation with the Rabbit Room here. I will be listening to this on Spotify for a good while. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrXLkfdIGm4

Abiding folly

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious... Continue Reading →

Are You a Shepherd or a Sheepdog?

From an excellent recent post by Alan Jacobs: Sheepdogs do two things: they snap at members of the herd whom they believe to be straying from their proper place, and they bark viciously at wolves and other intruders. Sheepdogs are good at identifying potential predators and scaring them off with noisy aggression. (Often they suspect innocent passers-by... Continue Reading →

Rightly Ordered Patriotism

One of the most fruitful spiritual concepts I’ve heard is Augustine’s idea of rightly ordered loves. He writes: But living a just and holy life requires one to be capable of an objective and impartial evaluation of things: to love things, that is to say, in the right order, so that you do not love... Continue Reading →


I've been reading Meditating as a Christian: Waiting Upon God by Peter Toon, which is wonderful: Toon is deeply learned in the history and art of Christian meditation, and this book summarizes and develops several earlier books of his on the subject. I'll share more about the meat of the book itself, but today I... Continue Reading →

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