Sean Fitzpatrick

About Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick is Headmaster of Gregory the Great Academy in Elmhurst Township, 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.

The House of Usher & the House of Poe

By |2019-01-19T00:11:03-05:00January 18th, 2019|

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 |2018-12-13T13:27:01-05:00January 22nd, 2018|

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 Last Jedi” and the End of Heroism

By |2018-01-05T13:45:53-05:00January 4th, 2018|

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 |2018-12-18T17:10:50-05:00December 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

The Obvious Secret of Education

By |2018-12-10T08:24:43-05:00November 7th, 2017|

There is a secret to the art of education, but it is an obvious secret. Despite the whirlings of the world, education is straightforward: It engages the good, the true, and the beautiful in the context of basic and natural human interactions and for the sake of human happiness. As an action exercised by [...]

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

By |2017-07-13T16:03:02-05:00July 12th, 2017|

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 Horrific Hedonism of Halloween

By |2016-10-30T22:54:40-05:00October 30th, 2016|

…for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure. [...]

America: A Collapse of Confidence

By |2016-10-20T15:50:48-05:00September 19th, 2016|

“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 [...]

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

By |2016-06-29T13:27:55-05:00May 27th, 2016|

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 the invisible aquatic menace plunged audiences into paroxysms of exhilarating terror. The instantaneous popularity of Jaws (1975) made it the highest-grossing film of all time (until Star Wars came along). Aggressive marketing [...]

Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”: Faith Triumphant

By |2018-10-25T15:52:10-05:00March 30th, 2016|

It can be dangerous to depict evil. Accuracy might require getting too close to things best kept at bay. J.R.R. Tolkien once cautioned his friend, C.S. Lewis, concerning Mr. Lewis’ skill in depicting evil. Anyone familiar with Uncle Screwtape or Perelandra’s Un-man will know to what Mr. Tolkien alluded. There is an uncanny comprehension [...]

Without Scalia, Will the Supreme Court Choose Life?

By |2016-03-04T17:01:01-05:00March 3rd, 2016|

Abortion that is “safe and legal” is a fallacy, though it is the perversion of truth that moral relativists rely on in pushing their escapist, liberal agenda of inconsequentialism. As murder, abortion is never safe and defies the natural parameters of law. A further couching of the contradiction is that the killing of an [...]

The Donald Trumps the Pope?

By |2016-05-13T17:00:17-05:00February 23rd, 2016|

The world was recently witness to a kerfuffle between two of the most infamous off-the-cuff speakers in the world: Pope Francis and Donald J. Trump. Pope Francis is well-known for getting a rise out of Catholics through ambiguous, spontaneous, airborne pronouncements, while Mr. Trump is well-known for getting a rise out of Americans through [...]