Pull Down Thy Vanity

By |2018-12-22T00:50:21-05:00December 21st, 2018|Categories: Advent, Character, Christian Living, Christianity, Conservatism, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

There is something essentially comic about vanity. I ran into the phenomenon recently at the local fitness center where I have a membership. Everyone, I suspect, has seen the type: he lifts weights, often with a lot of noise, and he scorns machines like the treadmill or the elliptical trainer, much less — are [...]

In Search of the “Everlasting Man”

By |2018-12-19T22:53:15-05:00December 19th, 2018|Categories: Advent, Christianity, Christmas, Michael De Sapio, Senior Contributors, Tradition, Western Civilization|

Of late I’ve grown rather cool toward Christmas. It’s a curious development. When I was a child, Christmas seemed the height of magic and mystery. Now when people ask me my favorite holidays, I answer Easter and Thanksgiving. I reason that the Resurrection and Gratitude are two of the best things there are, and [...]

Home and Hearth: A Cautionary Christmas With Washington Irving

By |2018-12-08T00:35:23-05:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Advent, Books, Charles Dickens, Christendom, Christianity, Christine Norvell, Christmas, G.K. Chesterton, Literature, Senior Contributors|

In the 1820s, Washington Irving was credited with inspiring the romantic revival of Christmas in America. His Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, Gentleman relayed sentimental tales of the British holiday with all its romance and traditions. The five Christmas tales were later published in 1875 as a separate collection titled Old Christmas.* Having lived in London and its [...]

Advent and Melancholy

By |2018-12-12T16:43:32-05:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Advent, Catholicism, Christianity, Christmas, Glenn Arbery, Great Books, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

Nothing breaks through melancholy like a baby. During Advent, we wait for that moment of absolute newness that we need within but cannot muster, that moment when the whole of the divine nature, the whole meaning of universes beyond number, lies helpless before us… On Monday of this week, students met with me in the [...]

“King Lear” in Advent

By |2018-12-08T00:30:20-05:00December 10th, 2016|Categories: Advent, Christianity, Glenn Arbery, William Shakespeare, Wyoming Catholic College|

King Lear reminds us that only a love that cracks our hearts through loss can truly reveal the gift of the Incarnation… When John Henry Cardinal Newman writes about Advent in one of his sermons, he meditates on how this season of expectation falls at the end of the year. “All is past and gone, all [...]

No Room at the Inn: Celebrating Christmas in the Stable

By |2018-12-08T00:36:16-05:00December 22nd, 2014|Categories: Advent, Christianity, Christmas, Culture, Joseph Pearce|

Much has been written this year, indeed much is written every year, about the “war on Christmas.” A trip to the local Mall will show that the commercial stores are not only removing Christ from Christmas and forgetting the reason for the season but are also removing every hint of holiness from the holidays, [...]

An Advent Imbroglio and the Holy Trinity

By |2018-12-08T00:31:44-05:00December 24th, 2013|Categories: Advent, Christianity, Lee Cheek|

On December 22, 1994, my new bride and I were enjoying our third day of wedded bliss at Myrtle Beach on our honeymoon when my pastor-parish relations chair called to inform me that a church member had died. The preceding months had allowed me the opportunity to minister to this gentleman during his terminal [...]

Advent 1955

By |2018-12-08T00:32:53-05:00December 5th, 2012|Categories: Advent, Christmas, Poetry|Tags: |

The Advent wind begins to stir With sea-like sounds in our Scotch fir, It's dark at breakfast, dark at tea, And in between we only see Clouds hurrying across the sky And rain-wet roads the wind blows dry And branches bending to the gale Against great skies all silver pale The world seems travelling into [...]