About Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick serves on the faculty of Gregory the Great Academy, a Catholic boarding school for boys in Pennsylvania. A native of Ottawa, Canada, and a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College, Mr. Fitzpatrick taught literature, mythology, and poetry for ten years and is a children’s book illustrator and an aspiring author.

Is It Morally Permissible to Receive the COVID Vaccines?

By |2021-03-24T10:26:36-05:00March 20th, 2021|Categories: Abortion, Catholicism, Christianity|

Any vaccine that has been derived or developed through or in conjunction with abortion is nothing that the Christian conscience can accept. And it would be a relief if Christians could hear a message of clarity and unwavering orthodoxy on this issue of issues from the leaders of the Church. A death-dealing industry and a [...]

Are We Ready for the Leftwing Virus?

By |2020-04-05T12:52:07-05:00April 5th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Coronavirus, Donald Trump, Liberalism, Politics, Progressivism, Republicans|

Many Americans agree that something hasn’t smelled right about this pandemic from the beginning, something in the air that smacks of calculated panic and political engineering. The coronavirus will pass, God willing, but perhaps in its place will come another disease—the relentless leftwing virus. Donald J. Trump has been criticized and condemned for calling COVID-19 [...]

The Importance of President Trump’s Ash Wednesday Message

By |2020-03-14T16:53:09-05:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Truth, Uncategorized|

Christians should admire and respect all that President Trump has done for the cause of life, and prepare to support him against the hate he will face from his opponent. His Ash Wednesday message of humility and living the Gospel is a comfort because it shows that he is willing to speak the truth. On [...]

Flying Elephants and the Margins of Imagination

By |2019-06-10T23:24:58-05:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Imagination, Truth|

The imagination should be a mirror, not a psychedelic portal, transcending reality without renouncing the transcendentals. Catholic professor and writer John Senior possessed a sharp imagination, which he once leveled against Dumbo. “Dumbo is an abomination of the imagination,” he said. “Elephants can’t fly. Horses can fly.” Dr. Senior’s intriguing statement poses the controversial position [...]

The Divine Tragedy of Achilles

By |2019-09-03T15:08:40-05:00April 27th, 2019|Categories: Great Books, Heroism, Homer, Hope, Iliad|

The Iliad is Homer’s vehement attempt to reconcile god and man, clairvoyantly musing on how terrible and wonderful it would be if a man possessed a divine nature. As the heroes of The Iliad are slain in blood, Homer gives each of them an epitaph in poetry, that they may die not as expendable masses, [...]

The House of Usher & the House of Poe

By |2019-10-03T12:24:58-05:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Death, Edgar Allan Poe, Literature, Tragedy|

There is a notable nightmarish and intangible quality to “The Fall of the House of Usher,” as there is in many of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic masterpieces—a vague sense of foreboding, a floating uneasiness, or shadowy moodiness that is beyond the power of words to express... Edgar Allan Poe. Enigmatic. Eccentric. Erratic. Melancholic. Alcoholic. Neurotic. [...]

Changing the World Through Guilt

By |2019-09-19T12:05:13-05:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Flannery O'Connor, Literature, Timeless Essays, Virtue|

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novels present a world teeming with people groping through guilt for a purpose they do not fully understand, often trading defiance for either despair or determination as the inescapable truth becomes clear: There is, on earth, no alleviation of the human condition… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the [...]

“The Last Jedi” and the End of Heroism

By |2021-05-03T14:19:39-05:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Film, Heroism, Homer, Modernity, Virgil|

The Last Jedi seems intent on burning down the archetypes of the heroic past. When the hero fails to be a hero, and furthermore denies his own status as a hero, what is the rationality behind such postmodern disenchantment? Moviegoers have loudly lamented the Luke Skywalker they encountered in Rian Johnson’s newest episode of the [...]

Ten Christmas Stories Every Father Should Read to His Children

By |2020-12-29T20:40:31-06:00December 16th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christmas, Family, Gifts for Imaginative Conservatives|

Father Christmas and the Christian father share a domestic priesthood that presides over the Christmas mysteries. Christmas calls on fathers far and wide to take up the books of Christmas, to draw their children into a ring round fire or tree to be read to... When St. Nick drives his miniature sleigh full of toys drawn [...]

“Star Wars”: A False Idol of Distraction for Lost Souls

By |2020-05-03T14:34:06-05:00July 12th, 2017|Categories: Civilization, Culture, Film, Religion|

Star Wars is an icon of the modern idol of distraction that has become the destiny of a generation of lost souls. Modernity’s enchantment with the film is rooted in a religious hunger for transcendence—but God has been left off the modern menu. And the Lord’s anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the [...]

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat”: The Fear of the Unknown

By |2019-10-24T14:05:01-05:00January 18th, 2017|Categories: Edgar Allan Poe, Literature|

“The Black Cat” is a story that collapses in despair over the primal terror of mindless tragedy—which is precisely what makes it a devilishly good read… Even as nature falls asleep under the fiery spell of autumn, there awakens in the lords of nature a keen spiritual sensitivity that can be a type of perversity. [...]

Jimmy Carter and the American Collapse of Confidence

By |2020-07-14T19:53:26-05:00September 19th, 2016|Categories: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Featured, Politics, Presidency|

“I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy. I do not mean our political and civil liberties. They will endure. And I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military [...]

Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws”: A Cautionary Tale of Evil for Our Times

By |2020-06-20T14:36:53-05:00May 27th, 2016|Categories: Art, Featured, Film|

Today, people commonly turn a blind eye and a blind mind to the plagues that threaten to destroy Western culture and human identity, and that move silently beneath the face of placid waters. More than four decades ago this summer, Steven Spielberg’s suspense thriller, Jaws, took the world by surprise as the pulsing two-note theme and [...]

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