“Ash Wednesday”

By |2019-02-28T11:20:11-05:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

Because I do not hope to turn again Because I do not hope Because I do not hope to turn Desiring this man’s gift and that man’s scope I no longer strive to strive towards such things (Why should the aged eagle stretch its wings?) Why should I mourn The vanished power of the [...]

T.S. Eliot’s Long Lent

By |2019-02-28T12:37:30-05:00February 12th, 2016|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Beauty, Catholicism, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, Poetry, Religion, T.S. Eliot|

T.S. Eliot’s secret baptism in 1927 marked one of the most remarkable literary conversions of the modern age. The enfant terrible of the decadent and atheistic Bloomsbury set stunned everyone by turning to the Catholic expression of the Anglican faith. Virginia Woolf predicted nastily that he would get over it and “drop his Christianity [...]

Three White Leopards Sat Under a Juniper Tree?

By |2015-04-08T07:37:44-05:00March 29th, 2015|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, Poetry, T.S. Eliot|

In re-reading T.S. Eliot’s Ash Wednesday on Ash Wednesday, a friend asks what many have wondered: “Excuse me, but what on earth does ‘Lady, three white leopards sat under a juniper-tree’ mean?” Is it such a mystery? With a little bit of detective work we can see through the illusion, connect the allusion, pick [...]

Russell Kirk: An Old House Dies With Love and Honor

By |2016-07-26T15:46:30-05:00April 21st, 2013|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Bradley J. Birzer, Moral Imagination, Russell Kirk|Tags: |

[For those of us blessed enough to have visited Russell Kirk’s Piety Hill, we already know what charms have settled over the place, become one with the surrounding woods, the architecture, and the very home itself.] Annette Kirk, that uncontainable force of nature, is, of course, the perfect hostess. And, who would not be [...]

Into the Ashes

By |2015-02-17T20:41:29-05:00February 13th, 2013|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Peter Blum|

I have a small and secret desire, well-hid. Secret from whom, you ask? Secret from me, I suspect, Or maybe I am a suspect, secretly, Quietly desiring. This is the week to bring a secret forth Not by telling, no "big reveal" But quietly, like the secret itself Into the ashes of Wednesday morning. Ashes [...]

T.S. Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday”

By |2019-03-06T22:20:09-05:00February 22nd, 2012|Categories: Ash Wednesday, Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Literature, T.S. Eliot|

T.S. Eliot’s “Ash-Wednesday,” a monumental work—the Purgatorio between the Inferno of “The Waste-land” and the Paradiso of the “Four Quartets”—has always been, as long as I can remember in my adult life, a comfort and a mystery to me. I assume it remained as such even to the Great Bard of the Twentieth Century [...]