Sean Fitzpatrick

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Last Jedi” and the End of Heroism

By |2018-01-05T13:45:53-05:00January 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 |2018-12-18T17:10:50-05:00December 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 |2017-07-13T16:03:02-05:00July 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 Horrific Hedonism of Halloween

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

…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. [...]

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

By |2016-06-29T13:27:55-05:00May 27th, 2016|Categories: Art, Featured, Film|

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 [...]

“Young Goodman Brown” & America’s Demonic Cry of Complacency

By |2019-09-24T13:08:03-05:00April 15th, 2016|Categories: Books, Christianity, Featured, Morality|

The surrender to sin in America is a species of Satanism. Whether through seduction or submission, depravity is the mantra of the modern world and the modern world makes excuse readily available. I am weak. Human beings are only human. As long as no one gets hurt… If it feels good… The vindications go [...]

Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”: Faith Triumphant

By |2019-10-03T15:55:54-05:00March 30th, 2016|Categories: Death, Faith, Fiction, Literature, Tradition|

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 [...]