Sorting Out Stress

Sorting Out Stress

“Choice is praised for being related to the right object.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics I have spent a bit of time this week thinking about different kinds of stress. We feel stress when there is a conflict between things that we desire. What really...
Being Intentional in the New Year

Being Intentional in the New Year

“Men will be good or bad builders as a result of building well or badly… Thus, in one word, states of character arise out of like activities. This is why the activities we exhibit must be of a certain kind…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics The activities we...
Intentional Friendship

Intentional Friendship

“In choosing and testing friends you should not grow weary of caution, for the fruit of this labor is medicine for life and the most solid foundation for immortality.” Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship In his great treatise Aelred names four steps of true...
Perfect Friendship

Perfect Friendship

“Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in virtue.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics Perfect friendship: the words sound like a fairy tale. What Aristotle means here is the kind of friendship that is most true, the kind of friendship that...
As a Good Shoemaker

As a Good Shoemaker

  “Yet even in these nobility shines through, when a man bears with resignation many great misfortunes, not through insensibility to pain but through nobility and greatness of soul… For the man that is truly good and wise, we think, bears all the chances of life...

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