Fanaticism: Distorting Humanity?

By |2018-12-21T07:18:10-05:00March 12th, 2018|

In his narrow pursuit of one ruling idea, the fanatic ignores the greater world surrounding him and blinds himself to the rest of reality… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Mitchell Kalpakgian as he explores the nature of the fanatic and how fanaticism is incompatible with [...]

Needed: Churchmen of Courage

By |2018-02-23T16:39:12-05:00February 17th, 2018|

Where there are bishops of moral vigor, there will be an abundance of young men willing to take up the call of service to the Church. Where the spirit is tepid and refreshes itself on the thin broth of a domesticated and politically correct Gospel, seminaries will be vacant… To have been the proverbial [...]

The Obvious Secret of Education

By |2018-12-10T08:24:43-05:00November 7th, 2017|

There is a secret to the art of education, but it is an obvious secret. Despite the whirlings of the world, education is straightforward: It engages the good, the true, and the beautiful in the context of basic and natural human interactions and for the sake of human happiness. As an action exercised by [...]

Josef Pieper on Academia & the Abuse of Language

By |2019-03-21T12:26:55-05:00July 31st, 2017|

Education in the liberal arts is an ancient tradition that has slowly been eroded through our increasing attachment to approaching the world scientifically and pragmatically… The language of man reveals something significant about his nature and his relationship with the world. Language is so close to man’s nature that if it suffers a drastic [...]

Manners, Humility, and Dignity

By |2018-09-29T10:11:13-05:00July 25th, 2017|

Customs and outward forms signal that one’s duty is greater than one’s self, and neglect of them is an exercise in egotism… Accounts vary, and a few say that the story about our civil Founders is apocryphal, but it would seem that the story is true. As one of the more jovial national patriarchs, Gouverneur [...]

How Would Christopher Dawson Redeem the West?

By |2017-07-23T22:04:28-05:00July 23rd, 2017|

Christopher Dawson held that the Christian religion created a distinctive culture that not only preceded, but has continued long after, the thirteenth century. It is only by examining this cultural dynamism that one can appreciate why modern society is a mutilated, or a “secularized,” version of Christendom… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series [...]

Newman & Dawson Against Liberalism

By |2019-01-07T13:56:21-05:00June 2nd, 2017|

Christopher Dawson greatly admired John Henry Newman, for he understood more clearly than any of his contemporaries the coming war of the Church against the ideologues bred by the French Revolution, utilitarianism, and secularization… As Christopher Dawson attempted to discover the sources of the ideological disruptions of the twentieth-century as well as solutions to [...]

The Good and the Holy

By |2019-02-07T12:56:55-05:00September 20th, 2016|

After the ceremonies on August 28 [Dr. Arbery’s inauguration as President of Wyoming Catholic College], Pres. Michael McLean of Thomas Aquinas College in California presented me a gift: John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Parochial and Plain Sermons. Of course, I know Newman from other works, but I have never read his sermons. […]

Fanaticism: Distorting Humanity?

By |2016-07-26T16:03:44-05:00July 26th, 2016|

A fanatic is a person obsessed with one idea, a monomaniac ruled by one dominant compulsion that governs all his thoughts and actions. He is enslaved by one predominant passion that dictates all his motives and decisions. Ruled by revenge, Captain Ahab in Moby Dick is determined to hunt and kill the white whale that inflicted [...]

Gradually Restoring the World

By |2019-01-27T15:33:49-05:00July 11th, 2016|

St. Benedict found the world, physical and social, in ruins, and his mission was to restore it in the way not of science, but of nature, not as if setting about to do it, not professing to do it by any set time, or by any rare specific, or by any series of strokes, but [...]

The Legacy of John Henry Newman

By |2019-02-28T12:11:29-05:00July 1st, 2016|

In September 2010, I was honoured to be invited to join Raymond Arroyo and Father Robert Sirico as an official commentator on EWTN’s live coverage of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain. It was, indeed, a joy and a privilege to follow the Pope as he visited venues in London which resonated with [...]

Reaching the Heart through Imagination

By |2016-02-24T15:22:14-05:00February 24th, 2016|

People say to me, that it is but a dream to suppose that Christianity should regain the organic power in human society which once it possessed. I cannot help that; I never said it could. I am not a politician; I am proposing no measures, but exposing a fallacy, and resisting a pretence. Let Benthamism [...]

Philosophy Lost

By |2016-09-28T00:35:03-05:00July 30th, 2013|

“It’s all in Plato, all in Plato: bless me, what do they teach them at these schools!” C.S. Lewis’ character Professor Digory Kirke calls to light an increasingly detrimental error concerning education in the modern era. The Great Western Tradition and the permanent ideas about education that flow out of it are grounded in [...]

I shall be an Angel of Peace

By |2016-11-26T09:52:10-05:00July 13th, 2013|

“God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in [...]