The Heart of Wisdom

By |2021-04-09T15:50:06-05:00November 30th, 2013|Categories: Books, Communio, Featured, Stratford Caldecott, Wisdom|

There is a book that caught my attention and may well hold it to the end of my life. Written by an English hermit—Priest-Monk Silouan, a convert to Orthodoxy now living in a retreat on the Shropshire hills—Wisdom Songs is a collection of “Centuries”, chapters of a hundred meditations each, on a series of spiritual [...]

The Family at the Heart of a Culture of Life

By |2018-12-02T08:26:13-06:00October 16th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Culture, Family, Featured, Stratford Caldecott|

The bonds between the Church, the Holy Family, and the “domestic church” founded on the sacrament of marriage are intimate and profound. In a host of formal and informal pronouncements and teachings, Pope John Paul II consistently underlined the central importance of the family as the basic cell of human society, and sacramental marriage as the sole foundation on which [...]

Trinity and Society: Economics & the Search for a “New Way”

By |2019-07-18T15:23:41-05:00October 13th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Distributism, Economics, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Stratford Caldecott|

The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and solving present-day problems in human society. – John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 55 God Himself is a society. – G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 8 First Principles How radical can we be? Dare we begin, as Chesterton once did, “with a little girl’s hair”? In What’s Wrong with the [...]

CGI Apocalypse: The Veiling of Nature

By |2016-02-14T16:01:03-06:00October 7th, 2013|Categories: Communio, Culture, Nature, Stratford Caldecott, Technology|

Will the world end with a bang, or just a whimper, as T.S. Eliot predicted? Or will nobody notice at all? An eerie silence, as everyone listens to an endless stream of digital music on their iPods. Gradually, step by step, with the advance of computer technology, real things are being replaced by images of [...]

Male and Female Souls

By |2019-07-16T07:55:07-05:00September 28th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Marriage, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: |

To what extent are the differences between man and woman rooted in the soul, rather than just the body? If the soul is the “form” of the body, one might assume that masculinity and femininity are characteristics of the soul before they are of the body. Yet the tradition of patristic and medieval commentary on [...]

How We Know

By |2019-04-14T16:32:42-05:00September 24th, 2013|Categories: Communio, Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas, Stratford Caldecott|

This is a golden age of scientific discovery. Nevertheless, the most basic things about ourselves remain a mystery. What is consciousness, for example? It is clearly correlated with processes happening in the brain, but that’s not what I mean. What is it, in the sense of what is it made of? It obviously isn’t made of [...]

Beauty of Numbers

By |2019-08-08T12:56:48-05:00September 21st, 2013|Categories: Books, Communio, Film, Liberal Learning, Mathematics, Stratford Caldecott|

Michael S. Schneider’s wonderful work A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe, which I recommended in Beauty for Truth’s Sake, is linked to a lot of classroom teaching that Michael has done over the years. This has now been captured in his superb DVD called Constructing the Universe, which could be an important resource for teachers and parents [...]

Prince Charles: Imaginative Conservative

By |2016-07-17T10:00:00-05:00September 11th, 2013|Categories: Communio, England, Featured, Monarchy, Stratford Caldecott|

Few Britons and fewer Americans, I suspect, know much about the Prince of Wales, except that he is first in line to the throne. But in fact his vast range of public and charitable works, and his frequent interventions in public debate, will probably have a bigger influence on the nation than anything he will [...]

The Poverty of Liberal Economics

By |2016-08-12T06:45:29-05:00September 9th, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Economics, Featured, Free Markets, Second Spring|Tags: |

The poor, Jesus famously said, will always be with us. Jesus’ followers have often been accused of misusing these words of their Master as an excuse to ignore the systemic causes of poverty. Christians, the charge runs, have preached private benevolence as a substitute for the more arduous, and more courageous, task of fighting to [...]

Gerard Manley Hopkins & J.R.R. Tolkien on the Devil’s First Sin

By |2020-07-27T17:05:46-05:00September 1st, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Featured, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Heaven, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: |

The Devil’s first sin was not the temptation of Eve, but preceded the creation of the Garden. He “tried to destroy by violence before he succeeded in ruining by fraud.” You might like to compare Tolkien’s “Ainulindale” (the Elvish account of the creation of the world through music, in The Silmarillion), with the following meditation on the Exercises [...]

The Christian Cosmology of C.S. Lewis

By |2016-07-17T10:00:04-05:00August 22nd, 2013|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Stratford Caldecott|

Ecologists tell us that the interdependence of all living things makes the world more than a mechanism, more than the sum of its parts, perhaps even in some sense organically alive in its own right. But this is little more than a rediscovery in scientific terms of what had already been understood “poetically” in all [...]

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