St. Basil shows us why life in community is of greater advantage than life in solitary retirement.
Placing names on the prayer list commits the parish to be involved in the lives of those for whom we pray.
The Benedict Option is likely the best possible way forward for Christian social conservatives: it provides a new vision in place of disillusionment, refocuses them on local culture-making, and invites them to recover a longer Christian collective memory. If these things happen on a large scale, praise the Lord.
At the deepest level, the world needs for the Church to “be the Church.”
It can be far too easy to project onto the Benedict Option a rose-colored nostalgia for a simpler, pre-industrial medieval past: a cozy escape into the world of craft beer and Brother Cadfael.
I think we've told Christian parents that it's not their job to be the teachers and spiritual leaders in their families.
In changing its position on marriage, has the Episcopal Church struggled seriously with the strengths and the weaknesses of the Christian tradition, and fully comprehended it even while extending it into new domains?
We come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide.