The Beer Option: What We Can Learn from Brewing Monks

The buzz surrounding the Benedict Option has spawned many spinoffs, each looking to a particular spirituality to focus the renewal of Church and culture. As a Benedictine oblate, I agree with Rod Dreher that the Benedictines provide a crucial and necessary witness on how to rebuild Christian culture. We need strong local communities that find new ways of living the faith in the midst of a hostile culture.
This fall, my new book, The Beer Option, will appear. By pointing to beer, I am not proposing yet another option, but highlighting a distinctive element of the great Benedictine tradition: brewing monks.

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Why Hating Others Is Really Only Poisoning Your Own Soul

“I hate…” has become perhaps one of the most common utterances used by men and women in today’s society.  It has become especially en vogue, recently, to apply these sentiments toward people who do not share our belief systems (political, social, religious, etc.). This is a great failing on our part as a society,  that we have allowed “hate” to flourish in the garden of our hearts.  Now, I understand that most people say “I hate” and they really mean “I really, really, don’t like” but giving voice to hate gives it life.  We as good men and good Catholics must

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Are You Defending Freedom? An Independence Day Reflection

Independence Day has come again.  For some, it is a day marked by joyous celebrations and expressions of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy. For others, it is marked by rowdy gatherings of drunkenness, seemingly absent of any real patriotism.  In any case, it surely ought to be marked by reflection.  Reflection on just what it was that compelled the signers of the Declaration of Independence to put their very lives at stake by acting in grave defiance of the British Crown.  Reflection on our duty as citizens to protect and, as the framers of the Constitution so eloquently put

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German bishop announces communion for Protestant spouses in ‘individual cases’

PADERBORN, Germany – According to a regional newspaper report, Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker of Paderborn has decided to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics living in his diocese to receive holy Communion “in individual cases.”
As the newspaper Westfalenblatt reported, the archbishop told his presbyteral council on June 27 that the document formerly known as a “pastoral handout,” which the German bishops’ conference has re-published as “pastoral guidance” following discussions with Rome, offers “spiritual help for the decision of conscience in individual cases accompanied by pastoral care.””At the meeting of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Paderborn on 27 June 2018,

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Open Letter to Pope Francis: Please address world Christian persecution

Pope FrancisDear Most Holy Father,You must be aware that the bishops of Nigeria have warned the world of a possible genocide against the Christian population. As you know, many Catholics there recently attended a Mass for the dead victims of Benue State, located in Northern Nigeria. This was a deadly attack against the worshipers at St. Leo Catholic Church.Bishop William Avenya of Gboko has warned the world about the killings. He has said, “Don’t wait for the genocide to happen before intervening… Please don’t make the same mistake as was made with the genocide in Rwanda. It happened beneath our

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maintain intimacy, maintain influence

 

I’m going to do a little back tracking here.  June was an ever-so-busy little month.  June 8th, Sparky and I left for six days ALL BY OURSELVES for a little conference/holiday.  
I was speaking at the ARCH Catholic homeschool conference in Houston.   So much fun.  A beautiful venue at the University of St. Thomas, a beautiful theme, Truth, Beauty and Goodness.  
But, more than anything else, beautiful people.  People seeking God, seeking truth, seeking community.  Seeking how to be the best parents they can be.  Beautiful people.  
Being a speaker is an interesting thing.  You put yourself out there,

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Funeral Announcement for Fr. Melvin Doucette, M. Afr.

The death occurred at home in Palmer Road on June 27, 2018 of Fr. Melvin J. Doucette aged 79 years.
He was born in Palmer Road on March 2, 1939, the son of Joseph A. and Beatrice Doucette.
He is survived by brothers and sisters Vincent (Diane), Montreal, Albon (Darlene), Leoville, Ray , Toronto, Esther Bernard (late Leo), Charlottetown, Annie Mae (Roland), Charlottetown, Della Chapot (Michel), Montreal and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by parents Joseph and Beatrice, sisters Velda, Janette, brothers Hector, Cyril Jr. and Albon in infancy.
Resting at the West Prince Funeral Home, 522 Thompson Road for visiting

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