Benedict Option & Doom Dissertation

Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, Son of Alphaeus

Benedict_Square.jpgJAMES K. A. Smith, a presenter at our Eighth Day Symposium earlier this year, receives our monthly e-newsletter. He emailed me after the most recent issue for a brief word of praise and encouragement.

After reviewing our October calendar, Smith also emailed Rod Dreher, another presenter at both our past 2015 and our coming 2016 symposium. The next day Dreher posted this... Continue Reading

Magic of the Spoken Word: An Apologia for Oral Reading

Feast of St Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia

Augustine_Reading_Square.jpegWHY READ aloud to one another? There is a magic to the spoken word, one that involves hearing and experiencing the thing being spoken. Perhaps we could say the same thing of listening to a lecture or a sermon; but these are not quite the same. A lecture or sermon is given (most often) by the person who wrote the words, and... Continue Reading

The Night is Long

Feast of the Falling Asleep of St John the Evangelist and Theologian

Ten_Virgins_Square.jpegTHEN THE kingdom of heaven shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was... Continue Reading

The Catechetical Academy: An Experimental Excursion

Feast of St Ariadne the Martyr

Kids_Contemplating_Mountains_square.jpegTHE INITIAL impulse for Eighth Day Institute was an idea to develop a gap-year program. We’ve done everything but develop that idea. However, now that I have a fourteen-year old son and a twelve-year old daughter, along with a fourteen-year old boy my family has taken in, my thinking about the gap-year has expanded. Why should I wait for them to graduate high-school to... Continue Reading

Celebrating Leisure on Labor Day

Feast of St Mammas the Martyr

Square_2-An-Old-Scholar.jpegEVERY YEAR, Americans take advantage of an always desired yet rarely granted Monday off work by heading to the lake one last time, firing up the grill in homage to the unofficial end of summer, or perhaps by trying to complete a lingering project from their Memorial Day “to do” list. But as we observe this treasured national holiday in whatever way we choose,... Continue Reading

Monotonous Autonomy

Feast of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

heroes-2-IN.jpgIN THE LATE 70s I heard that, on Easter morning, a Catholic priest in Dallas had himself taken up the main aisle of his church, elevated on a fully extended palette loader. Apparently he wanted to teach his flock something about the meaning of the Resurrection. And clearly the priest was a literalistic boob who lacked... Continue Reading

Who I Am

Feast of the Holy Martyrs Adrian & Natalie

Elijah_Square.jpegMY NAME IS Nyleen.

I have had to explain who I am to everyone I’ve ever met. For my entire life.

I spell myself, I alliterate and rhyme myself, I assure people that I really DO have a namesake; I’m not just stitched up from old alphabet parts like Frankenstein.

Because my name is Nyleen.

Lately, I changed my Lacy last name... Continue Reading

Reflections of a Theological Book Editor: The Top Five Books I Edited in 2014

Feast of the Holy Apostle Thaddaeus

Edit_Square.jpegI EDIT theological books for a living. I’m a freelancer, so I work for several different publishers. On average, I edit about fifty books per year. I like to read theology anyway (one would hope, given my line of work), but it’s interesting to read books I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen (though admittedly it’s more interesting—and exciting—to read books I would have chosen anyway).... Continue Reading

Finding the Hidden Treasure: The Discipline of Pursuing Heaven

Feast of the Holy Prophet Micah

Treasure_square.jpegThe kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  ~Matthew 13:44

Our minds rush to the treasure. Who wouldn’t like to discover treasure buried in a field, in a wall, in a sunken galley carrying Spanish gold?... Continue Reading

The Eighth Year: Time to Clarify the Eighth Day

Afterfeast of the Transfiguration and Feast of the Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius

Resurrection_Square.jpgWITH PLEASANT surprise, I recently realized that Eighth Day Institute is in its eighth year of operations. On April 18, 2008, we were incorporated as St. John of Damascus Institute. Two years later, on September 10, 2010, Fr. Paul O’Callaghan (my parish priest and an original EDI board member) suggested we think about changing our name to Eighth Day Institute. With... Continue Reading