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The Mountains Are Calling: A Week in the Wilderness with Wilderness Outreach

"The mountains are calling, and I must go." This quote from John Muir captured my thoughts as I prepared for a week-long expedition with Wilderness Outreach to the Domeland Wilderness of California. I was seeking to delve deeper into the soul of masculine spirituality through worship and work in the desert; the wilderness would not disappoint me. Our crew was composed of six...

A Few Thoughts on the Environment

Both secular environmentalists and Catholics are waiting with bated breath for the release of Pope Francis' new encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. Many Catholics are deeply worried that the pope will play into the agenda of radical environmentalists, while many secularists are thrilled that the pope will seemingly endorse their worldview. I haven't read the Holy Father's encyclical yet (yes, it...

In Praise of Catholic Homesteading 

When the Papacy is vacant the whole Church looks longingly for a puff of smoke from a little chimney – the household of the Church feels lonely without Papa.   When it comes we rejoice, because our father has come home. When I see puffs of smoke from little homesteads in the countryside I feel the same – a father has...

Trees are the Best Masters: 4 Reasons to Get Outdoors

"What I know of the divine sciences and Holy Scriptures, I learned in woods and fields. I have no other masters than the beeches and the oaks." - Saint Bernard of Clairvaux This past weekend, we went on a family camping trip in the local state forest. While we certainly enjoyed ourselves, I will admit that this trip was more...