My eldest daughter and I are recovering from the St. Paul Center‘s 2008 Letter & Spirit Conference, which closed last night. The speakers were outstanding. You should buy all their books (hyperlinked here). Keynote was Dr. John Cavadini, head of theology at Notre Dame, who gave the Center’s annual lecture in honor of the great Father Ronald Lawler, O.F.M. Cap. Dr. Cavadini spoke brilliantly about St. Augustine and marriage. The heart of his lecture is posted here as a PDF. It may be the best thing you read this year. We had a record number of seminarians attending. One of them posted a photo.