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Happy third anniversary to my best friend, the love of my life, and the woman who makes me a better man every day.
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The sacrament of marriage, like every sacrament, is meant to make us holy, to lead us into an ever-deepening communion with the God who created and loves us. With God’s grace, my wife has helped me become far holier than I ever could have become on my own. Marriage truly is a saint-making adventure, and I thank God each day for allowing me to enjoy it alongside such a radiantly beautiful angel.

2018-12-20 03:52

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Happy third anniversary to my best friend, the love of my life, and the woman who makes me a better man every day. — The sacrament of marriage, like every sacrament, is meant to make us holy, to lead us into an ever-deepening communion with the God who created and loves us. With God’s grace, my wife has helped me become far holier than I ever could have become on my own. Marriage truly is a saint-making adventure, and I thank God each day for allowing me to enjoy it alongside such a radiantly beautiful angel.

Even law students tear themselves from their books to cheer the Fighting Irish on to victory! #GoIrish

2018-09-02 17:46

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Even law students tear themselves from their books to cheer the Fighting Irish on to victory! #GoIrish

Just a couple of Notre Dame Law School’s newest 1Ls!

2018-08-16 03:04

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Just a couple of Notre Dame Law School’s newest 1Ls!

My afternoon consisted of a leisurely walk, a blue sky, a cool breeze, a beautiful view, and a fascinating book. It doesn’t get better than this.

2018-07-25 20:59

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My afternoon consisted of a leisurely walk, a blue sky, a cool breeze, a beautiful view, and a fascinating book. It doesn’t get better than this.

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world” - C.S. Lewis.

2018-07-18 23:01

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“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world” - C.S. Lewis.

“One who has hope lives differently” - Pope Benedict XVI.

2018-07-13 23:49

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“One who has hope lives differently” - Pope Benedict XVI.

@imemilyjohnson starts her new job today, and she absolutely deserves a shout-out!
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Pictured above is the incredibly prestigious award Emily received from the Grateful Husband Foundation™️, which she was presented with at Zac and Emily’s First Annual Going Away Party. She received this award for her unsurpassable selflessness, exceptional work ethic, and limitless love.
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Why does Emily deserve such an award? At the age of 20 she was engaged, and by 21 she was living in a completely new place far away from all of her family and friends. For two years, she worked an extremely tiring job for which she had to wake up at five in the morning each day so that I could focus exclusively on school. Emily has devoted her entire life to God and to her family, and she continues to amaze me more and more each day. She is profoundly worthy of the wonderful job she has recently been blessed with, and I cannot wait to discover what exciting adventures await her. I hope and pray that one day I can be half the saint my wife is!

2018-07-10 17:27

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@imemilyjohnson starts her new job today, and she absolutely deserves a shout-out! — Pictured above is the incredibly prestigious award Emily received from the Grateful Husband Foundation™️, which she was presented with at Zac and Emily’s First Annual Going Away Party. She received this award for her unsurpassable selflessness, exceptional work ethic, and limitless love. — Why does Emily deserve such an award At the age of 20 she was engaged, and by 21 she was living in a completely new place far away from all of her family and friends. For two years, she worked an extremely tiring job for which she had to wake up at five in the morning each day so that I could focus exclusively on school. Emily has devoted her entire life to God and to her family, and she continues to amaze me more and more each day. She is profoundly worthy of the wonderful job she has recently been blessed with, and I cannot wait to discover what exciting adventures await her. I hope and pray that one day I can be half the saint my wife is!

Our religion is a thinking religion. As an institution in perpetual pursuit of the truth, Notre Dame continually reminds me of this fact.
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To be sure, the vibrant life of the mind is an immensely biblical concept. When the scholar of the law approaches Jesus and asks him what the greatest commandment is, Jesus replies, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mt. 22:37). Notice that Jesus did not leave out the mind. Because we were created in the image and likeness of God, we have the ability to reason, even about eternal realities. As the sons and daughters of an infinitely intelligent Father, we have a hunger for the truth, and—more importantly—we have the means to find the truth.
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What does this mean for us today? It means that we must never allow our comfort to blind us to the truth or dissuade us from wholeheartedly seeking it. When was the last time you allowed your reason to feed your faith? When was the last time you committed your life to the Truth (“Truth” with a capital “T”) as opposed to convenient beliefs that allow you to live a comfortable life? Is your life such a passionate search for the truth that you are willing to forsake all things for the sake of the truth? As Christians, it’s crucial that we seek the Lord not just with our hearts, but also with our minds—and that we do so with all our strength. Our spiritual liberation requires nothing less. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32).

2018-07-10 00:12

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Our religion is a thinking religion. As an institution in perpetual pursuit of the truth, Notre Dame continually reminds me of this fact. — To be sure, the vibrant life of the mind is an immensely biblical concept. When the scholar of the law approaches Jesus and asks him what the greatest commandment is, Jesus replies, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Mt. 22:37). Notice that Jesus did not leave out the mind. Because we were created in the image and likeness of God, we have the ability to reason, even about eternal realities. As the sons and daughters of an infinitely intelligent Father, we have a hunger for the truth, and—more importantly—we have the means to find the truth. — What does this mean for us today It means that we must never allow our comfort to blind us to the truth or dissuade us from wholeheartedly seeking it. When was the last time you allowed your reason to feed your faith When was the last time you committed your life to the Truth (“Truth” with a capital “T”) as opposed to convenient beliefs that allow you to live a comfortable life Is your life such a passionate search for the truth that you are willing to forsake all things for the sake of the truth As Christians, it’s crucial that we seek the Lord not just with our hearts, but also with our minds—and that we do so with all our strength. Our spiritual liberation requires nothing less. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32).

I’m seriously excited for these summer reads!
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“The Story of Philosophy” was recommended by my good buddy @unifyhudson, with whom I’ve had many an existential conversation. This book sketches the most significant contributions to philosophy made by the greatest thinkers of the Western tradition. As one who studies philosophy for fun (and hopefully for professional use someday—we’ll see how practical such esoteric knowledge is), this book seems to me the perfect survey of philosophy’s most transcendent masters.
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Ah, I see you noticed “The Elements of Eloquence.” I’ll admit it: I’ve become a stickler for proper grammar and a lover of the art of rhetoric. Having such loathsome guilty pleasures, I have found Forsyth’s book—which teaches one to wield long-forgotten rhetorical devices with wit and charm—to be ridiculously enjoyable.
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Finally, Trent Horn’s new book “The Case for Catholicism” presents itself as a contemporary treatment of the centuries-old Catholic-Protestant debate. If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you know that Catholic apologetics was my first love. The intellectual adventure that cemented me within the Catholic Church sparked a fire in my mind that has since engulfed many other subjects in many different disciplines. However, nothing can make you forget you first love, so I’m eager to see how Horn, an apologist extraordinaire, recapitulates these ancient arguments for modern readers.
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For anyone who’s interested, I’ll be posting quotes and interesting insights from these books in my story throughout the summer. Feel free to comment or DM me to discuss!

2018-07-02 18:07

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I’m seriously excited for these summer reads! — “The Story of Philosophy” was recommended by my good buddy @unifyhudson, with whom I’ve had many an existential conversation. This book sketches the most significant contributions to philosophy made by the greatest thinkers of the Western tradition. As one who studies philosophy for fun (and hopefully for professional use someday—we’ll see how practical such esoteric knowledge is), this book seems to me the perfect survey of philosophy’s most transcendent masters. — Ah, I see you noticed “The Elements of Eloquence.” I’ll admit it: I’ve become a stickler for proper grammar and a lover of the art of rhetoric. Having such loathsome guilty pleasures, I have found Forsyth’s book—which teaches one to wield long-forgotten rhetorical devices with wit and charm—to be ridiculously enjoyable. — Finally, Trent Horn’s new book “The Case for Catholicism” presents itself as a contemporary treatment of the centuries-old Catholic-Protestant debate. If you’ve known me for any amount of time, you know that Catholic apologetics was my first love. The intellectual adventure that cemented me within the Catholic Church sparked a fire in my mind that has since engulfed many other subjects in many different disciplines. However, nothing can make you forget you first love, so I’m eager to see how Horn, an apologist extraordinaire, recapitulates these ancient arguments for modern readers. — For anyone who’s interested, I’ll be posting quotes and interesting insights from these books in my story throughout the summer. Feel free to comment or DM me to discuss!

The next chapter begins! #NotreDameLaw

2018-06-30 18:06

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The next chapter begins! #NotreDameLaw

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it” - G.K. Chesterton.
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Spiritual reading is indispensable for the modern disciple. If we are to swim against the tide of an increasingly secular society, we must plunge into the timeless wisdom of the saintly revolutionaries who have fought the good fight before us.

2018-06-14 21:51

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“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it” - G.K. Chesterton. — Spiritual reading is indispensable for the modern disciple. If we are to swim against the tide of an increasingly secular society, we must plunge into the timeless wisdom of the saintly revolutionaries who have fought the good fight before us.

“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.” - St. Augustine, “Confessions.”
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The beautiful things of this world reflect the beautiful heart of God. We should allow ourselves to encounter transcendent beauty every day, for beauty that transcends is beauty that transforms.
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📸: @nathanabplanalp.

2018-05-31 18:45

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“Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you! You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you. In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created. You were with me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would have not been at all. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned for your peace.” - St. Augustine, “Confessions.” — The beautiful things of this world reflect the beautiful heart of God. We should allow ourselves to encounter transcendent beauty every day, for beauty that transcends is beauty that transforms. — 📸: @nathanabplanalp.

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