In the beginning…

Welcome to The Benedict Post!

I’m happy to launch the site today, July 11, the modern feast of St. Benedict.  So what is this all about?  Simply put, The Benedict Post is a weekly Catholic newsletter.

I have always loved to read and to learn.  In today’s world reading and learning have become both easier and more difficult.  We have the world’s knowledge at our fingertips, but little idea where to start reading.  For years I spent hours scouring the Internet reading various blog posts and news articles – until I discovered the concept of e-newsletters.  Newsletters have a long history, and many have written on the evolution, continuity, and lure of the online newsletter.  The benefit of the e-newsletter is that someone else does the work for you while you just read.  Rather than read a dozen political blogs and websites to get my politics for the day, I simply subscribe to one political newsletter which brings me everything I need to know.

As a Catholic who loves to learn more about my Faith, I searched to no avail for a similar online newsletter to condense the online Catholic world into one place.  The Benedict Post is my response to that desire – each week I read what’s happening in Catholicism and provide the best and most interesting articles for you to read.  Naturally, the pieces are judged based on my own preferences, but I hope you will come to enjoy and trust my selections.  To get the Post in your inbox each week, just subscribe at the bottom of the page.

I’m always looking for new writers to follow and new articles to read.  If you think there’s an article worth sharing, have a question about the Post, or need anything else, please email me at thebenedictpost@gmail.com.

Why is it called “The Benedict Post“?

There is a dual inspiration for the name.  The “post” aspect is best explained by this quote from G.K. Chesterton in Orthodoxy:

“If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post.  If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again; that is, you must be always having a revolution.  Briefly, if you want the old white post you must have a new white post.  But this which is true even of inanimate things is in a quite special and terrible sense true of all human things.  An almost unnatural vigilance is really required of the citizen because of the horrible rapidity with which human institutions grow old….We have not any need to rebel against antiquity; we have to rebel against novelty.”

There is no question that the modern world poses particular challenges to Catholicism.  More than ever, Catholics are called to be contra mundum.  One path forward for orthodox Christians in today’s world has been called the Benedict Option, drawing inspiration from the monastic communities of St. Benedict: a refocusing and strengthening of our communities within the Church in order to truly evangelize the world.  People are naturally attracted to orthodoxy but very few ever actually encounter it.

The Benedict Post works toward this goal: helping to draw attention to our traditional Catholic heritage so that we remain vigilant and continue painting the white post.

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