The Risen Christ and Fallen Civilization

By |2019-04-21T21:27:01-05:00April 21st, 2019|

With eyes wide open to the degradation we see all around us, we know that things are rotten in the modern world. Who can deny it? And yet there are more Christians in the world today than there have ever been in the past. The Church is not dead… Today’s offering in our Timeless [...]

John With Jesus: From Passover to the Garden of Gethsemane

By |2019-04-19T02:24:54-05:00April 17th, 2019|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Barbara Elliott, as she portrays the events of the Last Supper to Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane from the perspective of the Apostle John. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher I went with Peter to make the arrangements for [...]

Pharaohs Who Know Not Jesus

By |2019-03-02T00:17:43-05:00March 1st, 2019|

As fallen human beings, we live with the threat of sin and temptation, and we can easily choose to follow these rather than Christ. Sins become the “pharaohs” in our lives—those thoughts, words, deeds, and omissions that are foreign to a life in Christ. Like the Pharaoh who knew not Joseph, these sins know not [...]

The Last Infinity

By |2018-09-25T23:24:57-05:00September 25th, 2018|

Is it worth it to try to do great things in business or politics or art or education—or even the Church? Recently, when I was reflecting on honor and fame as praiseworthy ambitions for our students, I ended with a famous quotation from Milton’s “Lycidas,” where Milton speaks of fame as the “spur” of the [...]

The Humility of Mary

By |2018-12-07T23:47:18-05:00May 26th, 2018|

From the Annunciation to the Presentation, from the Wedding at Cana to the upper room in Acts 1 and 2, the Mother of God’s life is undergirded and infused with humility… About a year before being received into the Catholic Church in 2004, the biggest obstacle to conversion for me, a Protestant, who had moved [...]

Christianity and Progress

By |2018-05-19T23:03:54-05:00May 19th, 2018|

Although Christians cannot be above the fray because we are part of it—called and commanded to love our neighbours, and even our enemies—we are nonetheless beyond the fray in the sense that we are called to something beyond it… “My own view is that Christianity is all about progress,” wrote ‘Eric’ in a comment [...]

Movies, Myth, and History

By |2018-04-21T22:19:35-05:00April 21st, 2018|

What shall we make of filmmakers who twist history for propaganda purposes? In an extreme way, they are doing what all historians do: They are not only recording history, they are also interpreting it—and can history be done without interpreting the facts?… Some time ago I watched a fascinating documentary on the assassination of [...]

Elgar, Enigma, and Easter

By |2019-04-09T10:31:45-05:00April 2nd, 2018|

Easter likely hadn’t been on Edward Elgar’s mind when he wrote his Enigma Variations, yet this wondrous, utterly memorable piece conjures up a rush of powerful spirituality, a sense of Easter Sunday grandeur. It is most decidedly “death has been conquered; arise and go forth” music… While my first choice for classical music on Easter will always be Handel’s Messiah, there [...]

The Risen Christ and Fallen Civilization

By |2018-04-01T00:06:17-05:00March 31st, 2018|

With eyes wide open to the degradation we see all around us, we know that things are rotten in the modern world. Who can deny it? And yet there are more Christians in the world today than there have ever been in the past. The Church is not dead... Christendom has had a series of [...]

The Reality of the Resurrection

By |2019-04-16T16:05:01-05:00March 31st, 2018|

Too often we Christians have given in to the temptation to sanitize the crucifixion and sentimentalize the resurrection. But the resurrection was not, at first, a cause for rejoicing, but the source of fear—soul-shaking, knee-knocking, heart-pounding, earth-quaking fear… One of the good things about Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is the gore. He [...]

The Harrowing of Hell

By |2018-03-26T00:25:26-05:00March 30th, 2018|

Christ descended into hell to deliver His loved ones from their exile. He came to reward those who, from our first father, Adam, to His own foster-father, St. Joseph, had fought the good fight and had finished the race… The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on [...]

The Brilliant Darkness of a Friday Afternoon

By |2018-03-30T00:39:40-05:00March 29th, 2018|

Not only did Jesus manifest Himself as the Logos so long desired in the pagan West on that Friday afternoon, but He also manifested Himself as the Christ, the true and eternal king. In some mysterious way, it was the death on Friday that revealed all of this, not the resurrection on Sunday… As [...]

Reflections on Christ and the Classics

By |2019-01-03T15:48:07-05:00January 20th, 2018|

In a certain way, Christ is both priest and offering, a self-sacrifice transcending both concepts. This is something the classical world found disquieting… The extent to which the pagan classical world and Christianity are able to tell a common story has had an uneven history. In late antiquity, the Church Fathers were reluctant disciples [...]