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The Benedict Compulsion

June 15, 2017 James Kalb 8

The ”Benedict Option” now receiving so much attention is rather different from anything pursued by Benedict of Nursia. Even so, there’s a family resemblance, since both have to do with closeness to God and a […]

Ecclesia et Civitas

Benedictine Options

May 2, 2017 James Kalb 0

“Benedict Option“ is a fertile expression that could refer to several things worth discussing. Saint Benedict had one version of what it means, Rod Dreher has another, and commentators have presented still more. For Benedict himself […]

Ecclesia et Civitas

Do ideals matter anymore?

April 5, 2017 James Kalb 0

Man is a rational animal. From a moral standpoint, that means he aspires to act—and often does act—in accordance with principles that join together to form an ideal of life. He’s also social, so his […]

Sojourns with Schall

Islam and the London killings

March 28, 2017 James V. Schall, S.J. 1

I.  In London this past week, on March 22nd, a British-born Muslim, Kalid Masood, drove a truck into pedestrians crossing the Westminster Bridge, near the historic Parliament building. Masood next jumped out of the truck, […]

Sojourns with Schall

On the first day of Spring

March 20, 2017 James V. Schall, S.J. 0

Exactly four years ago on the First Day of Spring, I left Washington to come here to Los Gatos in California. The day of departure, the Spring Equinox, was deliberately chosen. The days become longer; […]