Matthew 11:29-30. Philippians 4:3-4. Colossians 3. St. Albert’s astonishment at young St. Thomas Aquinas. The roar of a distant ocean. Unmistakable incense. The prayers of the Church which I am privileged to utter.

Syzygus is the anglicized spelling of the Greek name St. Paul uses in Philippians 4:3 which is variously translated “true companion,” “co-worker,” “fellow worker,” but is literally “fellow yoke-bearer.” This brings to mind my favorite Gospel song from my youth singing out of shape-note harmony books with my family, a song based upon Matthew 11:29-30.

Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Calling to mind, then, the mission we have been given, I am glad that “it is God who worketh in you, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will.”

I hope here to examine the “permanent things” of which Russell Kirk spoke in reference to the ties of culture, faith, history, relations, and home, among other things. I will do so from my own perspective: that of a man struggling to be a faithful husband, father, son, and Catholic Christian with a loving appreciation for the deep and sincere spiritual heritage I received from my once-Catholic mother and my Presbyterian father. I will do so at my own pace. I will do so from a variety of angles, as the topics I choose will reveal themselves to be facets on the surface of the gem I have been privileged to call my life.

So, welcome. Please don’t hesitate to comment. I have experienced wonderful things as a result of previous interactions elsewhere, and I am certain that will continue here on my own forum. Please try to be respectful. I have tended to think of myself as reasonably thick-skinned, but I suppose I can get irritated at times. I am often blunt, I enjoy sarcastic humor and occasionally employ it myself. I will try not to be personally offensive. Bear in mind that there will be opinions with which we will find ourselves disagreeing, by which we may even be angered. Take issue at will, but refrain from ad hominem polemics. Ideas are fair game, men are created in the image of God and I expect them to be treated as such – even when they inevitably fail to live up to that image.

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