Heart and Mind

By |2021-06-11T15:50:42-05:00June 12th, 2021|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Glenn Arbery, Graduation, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Love, Wyoming Catholic College|

Paying attention to the guidance of the heart is no guarantee of prudent action, as Mark Antony and Cleopatra demonstrate with grand style, but there is something nobler in giving the heart its whole due than in bypassing its counsel and resorting to mere calculation. According to the 17th century mathematician and Catholic apologist Blaise [...]

Picking a Bone With René Girard

By |2021-05-26T16:01:42-05:00June 5th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Civilization, Culture, Theology|

René Girard was a polymath—not only writing on literature, but bringing his theory to bear on anthropology, philosophy, sociology, psychology, and theology. While I greatly admire his work, I would presume to pick a bone with his thought on sacrificial systems in religion. René Girard I was first introduced to the French thinker [...]

But Is It Safe?

By |2021-05-25T09:22:35-05:00May 25th, 2021|Categories: Character, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Herman Melville, Modernity, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

Contemporary culture encourages cowardice as the human norm. This new emphasis, including the decade-old insistence on “safe spaces” at colleges, is something more dangerous than anything we might encounter otherwise. Not long ago, I heard a psychologist saying that the most important thing in his practice is the safety of his clients. Understandably, patients in [...]

Getting First Things First in Catholic Higher Education

By |2021-05-22T21:44:28-05:00May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Education, Liberal Learning|

The long tradition of Catholic higher education is a substantive reality that is held in trust. Too often it has been squandered, sometimes irreparably. Yet “What We Hold in Trust” can serve as a guide for those who have hope of renewal and those who are thinking about new institutions. What We Hold in Trust: [...]

Cursive and the Brave New World

By |2021-05-08T14:58:34-05:00May 8th, 2021|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Language, Science, Senior Contributors, Space, Writing, Wyoming Catholic College|

Once mastered, cursive enables us to write rapidly without lifting the pen from the paper—a skill that has major advantages over printing. Cursive now stumps many college students today. Whether it can ever make a comeback seems to be an issue. At about 10 o’clock the other night, my wife called me out of my [...]

Time to Brainwash Our Children?

By |2021-04-30T10:58:47-05:00May 7th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Family, Politics|

The Left wants the de-conversion of our children. This is why it’s time to brainwash our children. By brainwash I mean cleanse the brains of our young adults, who are in the prime of formation, with Philosophy, Morality, and an authentic spirituality that gives them the opportunity to encounter the Person of Jesus Christ. I’ll [...]

The Abyss of Grievance

By |2021-04-30T11:49:37-05:00May 1st, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Ethnicity, Glenn Arbery, Politics, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

No question, the history of race in America is a vexed one. There are real wrongs to address, certainly, but there is also a persistent state of grievance, a kind of moral or spiritual condition, in which one eschews peace of mind, an abyss of soul where one relives injustices done or imagines the goods [...]

On Hearing Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater”

By |2021-04-30T11:15:13-05:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Audio/Video, Catholicism, Fr. James Schall, Music|

The music of Antonin Dvorak's "Stabat Mater" is itself redemptive. By the time we arrive at the last stanza, we comprehend that the words of the hymn through the very grandeur of the music have led us from a most somber and tragic experience with corresponding musical setting to a new hope—that death, though present, [...]

Lessons That Great Poems Teach

By |2021-04-29T07:30:21-05:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Literature, Poetry|

Great Christian poetry teaches us many priceless lessons about life. Engagement with the enraptured vision of wonder-filled poets enables students to learn that virtue is the necessary prerequisite for the perception of the fullness of the beauty of reality. I recently taught a short six-class course for Homeschool Connections on “Poems Every Catholic Should Know.” [...]

America Is a Pagan Nation: Now What?

By |2021-04-22T09:19:58-05:00April 17th, 2021|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture|

So why are third-millennium Americans leaving religion? The reason isn't clear, but I would argue that the proper response is counter-intuitive: become more explicitly “religious,” not less. Make Christianity a clear alternative to the culture, not just another option among many. When I logged into Twitter on Easter Monday morning, I was pleasantly surprised. As [...]

Fields of Culture

By |2021-04-27T20:25:41-05:00April 17th, 2021|Categories: Community, Culture, Glenn Arbery, Liberal Learning, Wyoming Catholic College|

The culture of a real community like that of college isn’t simply a matter of texts and discussions of ideas, but of live emotion and thought, real presence to each other, a continuous awareness and exchange that locates each person in the larger community. Yesterday afternoon, during one of our regular meetings with the freshman [...]

Easter for Misfits

By |2021-04-27T20:36:02-05:00April 9th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Easter, Flannery O'Connor, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

For those doing all right by themselves like Flannery O’Connor’s Misfit, Christ’s Resurrection from the dead throws everything off balance because it introduces something entirely new. To believe the testimony of the Gospels opens avenues to happiness that are entirely discomfiting to the complacency of mere identity. Flannery O’Connor had a way of compressing whole [...]

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