Author Archives: ctobin


On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect […]

In Defense of Self-Help Books

I like to read self-help books. But I know a lot of people vehemently dislike them, and usually they have one or both of these two objections: that these books don’t ever offer anything new, they just repackage common sense concepts with new words; and that people who read the books spend more time reading […]

Virtues I Want to Cultivate (in Myself)

Diligence – Keep working on the tasks I’ve undertaken until they are accomplished Perseverance – Do not give up on a task when it becomes difficult Humility – “a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the, fact, […]

Bridging the Gap

Yesterday, I told you about my struggles with the tension between my eternal nature that wants to focus on transcendent things, and my carnal nature that wants things like regular meals, and a comfortable bed. And perhaps because of original sin, that second voice is a lot louder and harder to ignore than the first […]

Why We Don’t Do What We Want To

Yesterday I was elated about the fact that we are souls made to enjoy eternity with God – we are meant to contemplate truth, goodness, and beauty, and do so forever. We climb up the mountain and see God revealed in his glory, and we are filled with awe and wonder and life is magnificent. […]

Why We Do What We Do

Today is the feast of the transfiguration of Jesus – when he went up the mountain with his apostles and they witnessed him in his divine glory and heard God the Father say, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” What reading and hearing this story today most reminded me of was the reality […]


Thanks for stopping by.  I’m glad you’re here. Please grab a warm beverage (or a cold one, if you prefer) and stay awhile. Just like you (I presume), I have a life that keeps me very busy from day to day. In my case, it’s because I’m homeschooling four kids who are still on the […]