Salvation and Sufficiency: A Lesson from Statistics

By |2019-11-07T10:47:16-06:00February 9th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Heaven, Religion, Romano Guardini, Science, Theology|

In the world of statistics, sufficiency plays an important role in estimation. But what about sufficiency in other aspects of our lives? What about God? What about my eternal destiny? What is sufficient, here and now, to know all that I can know about my purpose in this world and my fate when my time here [...]

Intelligent Piety: The Christian Humanism of Flannery O’Connor

By |2020-03-24T18:08:34-05:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Catholicism, Christian Humanism, Christianity, Eric Voegelin, Featured, Flannery O'Connor, Romano Guardini, Russell Kirk|

Not only was Flannery O’Connor one of the most important Christian Humanists of the twentieth century, but she also well understood what made Christian Humanism what it was. While it might very well be conservative, it was always imaginative, allowing one to imagine what must be conserved. The Presence of Grace by Flannery O’Connor (192 pages, [...]

The Conservatism of Robert Nisbet

By |2021-04-27T21:06:48-05:00January 7th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christopher Dawson, Conservatism, Culture, Edmund Burke, History, Imagination, Irving Babbitt, Religion, Robert Nisbet, Romano Guardini, Russell Kirk, T.S. Eliot, Tradition|

Robert Nisbet, in direct contrast to Russell Kirk, argued that conservatism was purely a modern ideology. For Nisbet, the entire history of conservatism began as a reaction to the French Revolution… When it came to the history of conservatism, the grand sociologist and man of letters, Robert Nisbet, disagreed with the mighty founder of modern [...]

Temperance & Abundance: Romano Guardini’s “Letters from Lake Como”

By |2018-01-05T10:33:10-06:00January 1st, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Christianity, Gospel Reflection, History, Romano Guardini, Virtue|

When we begin to refashion things in our image rather than in God’s, we ourselves become displaced and disjointed. Strangely enough, by asserting only our humanity, we lose what makes us essentially and beautifully human… In truth, nature begins to relate to us only when we begin to indwell it, when culture begins in it. [...]

The End of the Modern World

By |2018-08-25T01:21:21-05:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Civil Society, Featured, History, Romano Guardini|

The medieval achievement was so magnificent that it stands with the loftiest moments of human history… The most complete ordering of medieval life was found in its religious point of view and practice, in its Christian “cult.” Expressed by myriad symbolic forms, that cult affirmed repeatedly the eternal significance of salvation for every moment in [...]

Romano Guardini’s Diagnosis of the Modern World

By |2018-02-04T23:18:53-06:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Civil Society, Culture, Featured, Modernity, Romano Guardini|

Modern man is an empty, soulless husk, a shadow of humanity. He looks the part, and he goes through all the motions, but he does nothing of his own volition... “Man himself faces this same question of ‘place.’ Where is the place of man? The question seeks answer not merely as to the place man [...]

The Mystery of Grace

By |2019-08-30T11:21:51-05:00September 10th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Romano Guardini, Timeless Essays, Truth, Virtue|

On grace depends our salvation, but we have neither a right to grace nor the power to compel it. Grace must reveal itself to us, and only then will we recognize it… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Romano Guardini as he contemplates the mystery of grace. —W. [...]

Romano Guardini & the Dissolution of Western Culture

By |2019-08-15T14:31:56-05:00August 27th, 2017|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Featured, History, John Locke, Leviathan, Philosophy, Romano Guardini, Timeless Essays, Western Civilization|

The Renaissance and Enlightenment thinkers hollowed Western culture out of the very spiritual body that held it together: the mystical body of Christ… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Wayne Allen as he explores Romano Guardini’s understanding of the dissolution of Western culture via the de-spiritualization of the West, [...]

Why Mysticism Is Not an Option

By |2017-08-12T22:41:48-05:00August 12th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Civilization, Modernity, Romano Guardini, Wyoming Catholic College|

Our situation is a gift, for God will give each of us who ask for it the grace to endure the darkness, barbarism, and loss of our customary sensible and cultural signs of God’s love and presence… Only someone who has broken out of the restricted horizon of ideology can see clearly what has been [...]

Ecology in Light of Integral Human Development

By |2019-10-10T13:41:58-05:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Caritas in Veritate, Catholicism, Communio, Conservation, David L. Schindler, Environmentalism, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Romano Guardini, St. John Paul II|

Integral human development sets the context within which alone an adequate approach to ecology can be conceived. In what follows, I will focus on the key principles of this proposal in terms of the habits of presence demanded by the generosity inherent in creation. The term ecology, as is well-known, comes from the Greek oikos, [...]

Superman vs. Mass Man in the Technocratic Age

By |2016-03-10T23:02:41-06:00March 10th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Friedrich Nietzsche, Modernity, Romano Guardini|

The writings of German theologian, philosopher, and cultural analyst Romano Guardini (1885-1968), one of the most influential Catholic intellectuals in the 20th century, have come to the fore with the papacy of Pope Francis, well-known to be a great admirer of his. Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, has spurred a re-examination of Guardini’s apocalyptic writing The End [...]

The Things that are Caesar’s: Romano Guardini

By |2016-02-26T21:42:09-06:00May 23rd, 2014|Categories: Books, Christianity, Communio, George A. Panichas, Religion, Romano Guardini|Tags: |

Romano Guardini is sometimes referred to as a “Philosopher of the Christian World” whose lifelong task was that of “proclaiming the sacred in a modern world.” A world-famous Roman Catholic thinker and a prolific writer who was born in Verona, Italy, in 1885, he lived and studied in Germany from the age of one year [...]

Romano Guardini and the Personality of Man

By |2016-07-17T10:00:43-05:00May 19th, 2013|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Communio, Conservatism, Featured, Romano Guardini|

Romano Guardini The profound Germano-Italian philosopher and theologian Romano Guardini (1885-1968) remains, by and large, one of the most unsung heroes of twentieth-century conservatism. His reputation revived a bit during the all-too brief pontificate of Benedict XVI as so much of Ratzinger’s thought came from Guardini, directly and indirectly. But, he and his [...]

Romano Guardini and the Dissolution of Western Culture

By |2018-05-31T12:32:40-05:00May 8th, 2013|Categories: Communio, Culture, Featured, Romano Guardini, Western Civilization|Tags: , |

The End of the Modern World, by Romano Guardini; with an Introduction by Frederick Wilhelmsen. The appearance of this new and expanded edition of Romano Guardini’s book is both timely and helpful. Guardini (1885-1968) writes partially in the spirit of a theologian and partly with the critical eye of the philosopher. And he rightly sees [...]

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