On the Twelfth Day of Christmas: Belloc & Eliot on Twelfth Night & Epiphany

By |2021-01-05T12:21:37-06:00January 5th, 2021|Categories: Christianity, Christmas, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, T.S. Eliot|

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas two of my great loves sent to me a couple of great meditations on the mystery of the Nativity. The first and better-known meditation is by T.S. Eliot, whose “Journey of the Magi” places the poet in the entourage of the Three Wise Men as they journey to Bethlehem. [...]

Europe and the Faith: Arguing With Viktor Orban

By |2019-12-03T17:26:54-06:00January 20th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Europe, Hilaire Belloc, Immigration, Joseph Pearce, Viktor Orbán|

President Orbán has the courage and integrity to stand up to the secularist bullying of the European Union and to the efforts to force Hungary to allow countless Islamic immigrants into its midst. And yet even heroes need correcting when they get things wrong… The discussion of Hillaire Belloc’s writing on Europe and the Faith, [...]

Europe and the Faith: Arguing With Hilaire Belloc

By |2019-03-07T10:44:53-06:00January 13th, 2018|Categories: Christianity, Civilization, Death, Europe, Faith, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, History, Joseph Pearce|

Europe may indeed perish, crucified by the sins, errors, and heresies of her own sons, but Christianity will never perish because, as Chesterton reminds us, it has a God who knows the way out of the grave… The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith. Hilaire Belloc These words of Hilaire Belloc, possibly the [...]

The Islamophobes Are Right … and Also Wrong

By |2017-10-05T08:43:47-05:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Freedom, Hilaire Belloc, History, Immigration, Islam, Middle East, Muslim, National Security, Politics, Religion, Terrorism|

What ideology ever threatened America more than Islamic extremism? And yet might Islam, which once helped save and preserve Western thought and culture a thousand years ago, do something similar this century, helping to bring us back to a more spiritual, less materialistic, epoch?… 1938. The world is on the threshold of the most devastating war [...]

The Shakespeare Scholar Who Crossed Swords with C.S. Lewis

By |2019-09-28T09:50:17-05:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, StAR|

The Shakespeare scholar who crossed swords with C.S. Lewis describes Lewis in the early 1950s, at the height of his fame, as “a red-faced, egg-headed, portly, jolly, middle-aged man, who was (like Old King Cole) fond of his pipe and his glass of beer…” Father Peter Milward Father Peter Milward SJ, who died on [...]

On the Mystery of Teachers I Never Met

By |2017-07-31T23:48:01-05:00July 21st, 2017|Categories: Aristotle, Christian Humanism, Education, Fr. James Schall, Great Books, Hilaire Belloc, Literature, Philosophy, Plato, St. Augustine, Tradition, Truth|

The mystery is how one person whom I never met, through recountings down the ages of how many others whom I also have never met, could shed light on each other, eventually to enlighten me… In The Apology, Socrates brought up the question of whether he was paid for being a teacher, like the Sophists, who were paid for their skill in [...]

Turning Employees into Business Owners

By |2019-02-05T16:29:17-06:00June 28th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

How do employee-owned companies fare in the wider economy? How do they compete in the dog-eat-dog world of business?… Many years ago, back in England and long before my conversion, I stumbled upon a book called The Man Who Gave His Company Away. It was a biography of Ernest Bader, a very successful entrepreneur in [...]

Solzhenitsyn on Russia and the West

By |2018-12-04T12:40:13-06:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Featured, Foreign Affairs, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Russia|

There are moves afoot to whip up the old Cold War angst and anger and to resurrect enmity towards Russia. Liberals in the West, outraged at Russia’s resistance to their decadent agenda, are caricaturing Russia as an enemy of Western “values”… In 1998 I had the inestimable pleasure and honour of interviewing Alexander Solzhenitsyn at [...]

What Is Capitalism?

By |2017-03-01T16:48:51-06:00February 17th, 2017|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Capitalism, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce|

“Capitalism” needs to be pinned down by definition; it needs to be circumscribed so that it doesn’t lead us off in increasingly meaningless and therefore futile lines of reasoning… If words are to have any value they must have definite and definable meanings. If too many meanings are ascribed to a single word, the word [...]

Laughter and the Love of Friends

By |2021-03-21T08:16:51-05:00December 26th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Featured, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Love, Senior Contributors, StAR|

Ultimately the reason we should rejoice in the love of laughter as we rejoice in the love of friends is that laughter, like love, is a gift of God... There’s nothing worth the wear of winning Than laughter and the love for friends. These famous lines by Hilaire Belloc are personal favourites of mine but, [...]

G.K. Chesterton: Eighty Years On

By |2016-11-09T21:59:56-06:00November 9th, 2016|Categories: G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce|

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written essays on some significant anniversaries that fall in 2016, including the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the nine-hundred-fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Now, as this year falls into Fall and prepares to go the same way as all its predecessors, I thought I’d remember another [...]

In Memory of The Battle of The Somme

By |2019-11-14T11:00:24-06:00October 21st, 2016|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce, Poetry, World War I|

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest conflagrations in human history in which more than a million men were killed or wounded. One of the lucky survivors was J.R.R. Tolkien, who described the battle as being an “animal horror.” Bearing the psychological scars of this horror for [...]

Belloc vs. Tolkien: Two Views of Anglo-Saxon England

By |2020-10-13T16:43:35-05:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Dante, England, Hilaire Belloc, History, J.R.R. Tolkien, Joseph Pearce|

Although Hilaire Belloc and J.R.R. Tolkien had much in common, not least of which was their shared and impassioned Catholicism, it is intriguing that they should differ so profoundly on the importance of the Anglo-Saxons. Picture the scene. An expectant audience, which includes the great Catholic writer, J.R.R. Tolkien, awaits the arrival of another great [...]

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