John Paul II & the Spiritual Victory Over Communism

By |2020-06-04T17:17:17-05:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Christianity, Communism, Poland, Politics, Senior Contributors, St. John Paul II|

It might be tempting to characterize Pope John Paul II as the political foe who vanquished communism. But that would be untrue. His position challenged communism in the metaphysical realm, not in the political arena. He understood that the error of communism lay in its fundamental understanding of man, who is not merely a unit [...]

The Revival of Socialism

By |2020-03-10T11:08:13-05:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Communism, Conservatism, Economics, Ideology, Politics, Progressivism, Senior Contributors, Socialism, St. John Paul II|

The evidence is more than clear: Communism, socialism, and progressivism have each made huge comebacks, re-entering political discourse. Even their titles have reacquired respect and a semblance of dignity in many circles of public thought. What happened? The West won the Cold War in 1989, didn’t she? I am fiercely proud of the fact that [...]

The Divine Plan: How John Paul II & Ronald Reagan Promoted Peace

By |2020-05-18T08:24:23-05:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Compassion, Culture, Ronald Reagan, St. John Paul II|

Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II defeated their enemies at every turn. But they also sat down and talked, prayed for them and prayed with them. They studied them thoroughly, reaching out lovingly to win them over. They acted in the example of Jesus Christ, defeating mass murderers without bullets. In doing so, they [...]

“Stalker”: The Search for Faith Amidst Desolation

By |2019-09-28T09:49:41-05:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Film, Russia, St. John Paul II, StAR|

Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker is about a man who leads others, however obliquely, and despite obstacles, both external and internal, to faith. Faith is faith. Without it, man is deprived of any spiritual roots. He is like a blind man. Just more than thirty years ago, on 26 April 1986, a nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear [...]

Did John Paul II Change the Course of Irish History?

By |2021-03-16T00:59:59-05:00January 26th, 2019|Categories: Catholicism, Film, Government, Ireland, Politics, St. John Paul II, StAR, War|

Did the speech made by Pope John Paul II at Drogheda during his visit to Ireland in 1979 change the course of Irish history? This is the contention of a new documentary John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace, written and directed by David Naglieri. The originality of the film’s premise lies in [...]

Trinity, Creation, & the Order of Intelligence in the Modern Academy

By |2021-02-09T10:46:51-06:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Christian Living, Christianity, Culture War, David L. Schindler, Intelligence, St. John Paul II|

“Holiness is intended to comprehend the order of being in its entirety.” The Second Vatican Council insists that “all Christians in any state or walk of life are called to the fullness of Christian life and to the perfection of love,” and that this holiness fosters a more human life.[1] The present article outlines a proposal regarding [...]

God, John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, & the Fall of the Soviet Union

By |2021-03-29T17:34:40-05:00June 25th, 2018|Categories: Communism, History, Ronald Reagan, St. John Paul II, World War II|

Paul Kengor’s A Pope and a President is unusual in that it is also a theo-history, taking seriously the religious events of the 20th century. Written with academic rigor and in a brisk, readable style, it is a God’s-eye view of the hidden events of the 20th century and the actions of Ronald Reagan and [...]

A Pope, a President, and Providence

By |2021-03-29T17:36:58-05:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Ronald Reagan, St. John Paul II|

God’s way of working in the world is full of seeming coincidences, plot twists, and unexpected jolts. Ronald Reagan’s election at an advanced age could not have been predicted, neither could have the sudden death of Pope John Paul I, which thrust the young pope from Poland onto the world stage. Most dramatic, however, was [...]

What Is Leisure For? John Paul II & Seneca Advise a College Student

By |2018-01-10T15:28:52-06:00January 10th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Freedom, Great Books, Philosophy, St. John Paul II, Virtue|

The “purpose of free time,” paradoxical as it sounds, is more than a merely intellectual concern. The misuse of leisure is a living reality, one of great importance to those who suffer from it… What is the purpose of “free time”? The question may seem foolish. If free time is “free,” isn’t it for whatever [...]

John Paul II, T.S. Eliot, and the Culture of Life

By |2019-05-21T14:17:53-05:00January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture, Culture War, Death, Poetry, St. John Paul II, T.S. Eliot|

Both John Paul II and T.S. Eliot give people something to hope for: Blessed John Paul speaks of a new springtime on the horizon signaling the emergence of a culture of life, and Eliot ends “The Waste Land” on a hopeful, if cryptic, note… We are all familiar with Blessed John Paul II’s description of [...]

Papal Portrayals on the Silver Screen

By |2017-11-26T22:31:14-06:00November 25th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Film, History, St. John Paul II|

The papacy is ripe fruit for any filmmaker. As actors played the role of the pope, so each man who was elected pope stepped into a role that was bigger than himself… With the HBO series The Young Pope (reviewed by Tyler Blanski) the world has been taken once again into the irresistible intrigues of [...]

Russell Kirk & Pope St. John Paul II on the Redemption of Man

By |2020-10-15T16:13:15-05:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Conservatism, Faith, Featured, Hope, Imagination, Russell Kirk, St. John Paul II, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays, Truth|

Pope St. John Paul II and Russell Kirk defended freedom within the limits of truth and its authentic or right use. They knew it was crucial to distinguish license and liberty. But they have different approaches to truth. As we discussed the work of Russell Kirk, written in 1954, revised in 1962 and 1988, I [...]

Wind From Heaven: The Poet Who Became Pope

By |2021-05-17T18:37:43-05:00November 11th, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Sainthood, St. John Paul II|

Monika Jablonska’s “Wind from Heaven” reminds us of the power of literature to renew the imagination, purify the language of the tribe, and inspire the noble pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness. Wind from Heaven-John Paul II—The Poet Who Became Pope by Monika Jablonska (202 pages, Angelico Press, 2017) As we planned the construction of the [...]

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