Who Are We? We are a Catholic married couple with young children, striving in pursuit of holiness and writing on matters of faith and family life, and all that makes for integral human flourishing – always centered on Christ in the midst of his One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We seek an authentically Christian life… occasionally, we even write about it!
Why Restoration? Contemporary American society is in an accelerating process of cultural decay. We see this pattern illustrated everywhere in the degradation of law and governance, language, religion, the arts, and socio-economic structures – above all in the breakdown of marriage and family. Furthermore, the visible Church on earth is in the midst of one of the greatest historical crises since the Arian controversy of the 4th century; a crisis not chiefly of external assault from without (although that dimension is present and growing), but rather of a kind of induced amnesia from within: her members have largely lost her true face.
Thus, we are convinced that an ordinary Catholic life in this country today must needs be a participation in something of a recovery operation: both in the reclamation of a just social order founded on the natural family, and in the restoration of Catholic tradition through right faith, right conduct, and above all right worship. “They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations” (Isa 61:3-4). This restoration, and the solution to every social ill, is readily found in obedience to Christ:
“When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony” (Pope Pius XI, Quas Primas, n. 19)
“If… the highest possible peak of well being for society and its members is to be attained through fraternity or, as it is also called, universal solidarity, all minds must be united in the knowledge of Truth, all wills united in morality, and all hearts in the love of God and His Son Jesus Christ. But this union is attainable only by Catholic charity, and that is why Catholic charity alone can lead the people in the march of progress towards the ideal civilization.” (Pope St. Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, n. 24)
Why Whispers? Our role in this restoration effort will be a decidedly small one – little more than a whisper. We are not chiefly concerned with great public works or published words: our main task is the little way of hidden intercession and fidelity to our state in life, achieving holiness therein as we strive to nurture our children for the great adventure of a life lived in docility to God’s grace.“We are confident that He who began a good work in you will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6). We do not pretend to have the answers ourselves; rather, we are confident of Christ’s love for us and his faithfulness to the Church, his Bride.
Why Swallows? Swallows have been a recurring image in our prayer and meditation during the years of our marriage – indeed, even beforehand. Swallows now speak to us of many things: freedom, trust, provision, hope, delight, courage, beauty, clarity, precision… We are encouraged by Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Matthew (proclaimed at our wedding):
“Consider the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? …Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt 6:27, 33)
We also treasure a line from the Psalms, which was important to us during our friendship even before marriage – this speaks to us of finding refuge in the membership and worship of the Church:
“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself where she may lay her young: even Thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God.” (Psa 84:3)