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“You have not only a glorious history to remember and to recount, but also a great history still to be accomplished! Look to the future, where the Spirit is sending you in order to do even greater things.

St. John Paul II ~ Vita Consecrata 1996

“Surprised by Joy”

With his encyclical Vita Consecrata, former Pope John Paul II encouraged us to find joy in the life consecrated to the glory of God. In a broader sense, he encouraged us to guide ourselves towards a state of living within a meaningful and joyful life.

It is precisely this mentality that is central to our website; to encourage readers to find out about the good and meaningful life and how to grow within it. As the English writer C.S. Lewis put it with the title of his book, we want you to be Surprised by Joy.

“Our life is what our thoughts make it”

For our content, we will therefore focus on the things in life that help you find not only enjoyment, but that motivates you to action. The main categories for our articles will center around reviews of pipe tobacco, liquor, and good food. After all, a good life is not complete without some good enjoyment.

Alternatively, we invite you along the way to look at the deeper things in life as well. As Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius said, Our life is what our thoughts make it. The literature and films that motivate us, sports and activities that help you focus, and all in all, those aspects of life that help you grow your character.

“Now we must help each other to get to heaven”

 In short, let us find out about what constitutes a good and consecrated life and help us find enjoyment in this. Whether it is about finding just the right wine for the occasion, or if you want to find inspiration in some quality writing, as Karl I of Austria said it, now we must help each other to get to heaven. Let us live the vita consecrata.