Pachomius

By Nathan Carr With an unobstructed view to Joy, let us go back to the first school tradition of the Christian Church—the monastery.  How did the first attempt at formal Christian education enlist its students into the great “story being told?”  Among the monastic schoolmasters of the 4th century—abbots and abbesses—one in particular gives profound insight into the formation of several abbeys throughout Egypt:  St. … Continue reading Pachomius

Feast of the Resurrection

Feast of the Resurrection[1] By Fr. Nathan Carr “While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” “The term is over:  the holidays have begun.  The dream is ended:  this is the morning.  And as he spoke he no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and … Continue reading Feast of the Resurrection

Mere Mediocrity

By Nathan Carr Tim Wu, a Columbia professor who has written an editorial or two for The New York Times, is concerned that America is losing her hobbies—more alarming, leisure altogether.  To blame: “We’re afraid of being bad at them….if you’re a jogger, it is no longer enough to cruise around the block; you’re training for the next marathon.  If you’re a painter, you are no longer … Continue reading Mere Mediocrity