Sainthood

Chesterton the Crusader: Using Words as a Sword

By |2019-06-28T23:53:52-05:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christian Humanism, Christianity, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Sainthood, Senior Contributors, Writing|

More than anyone, Dale Ahlquist has borne witness to the power of G.K. Chesterton and has witnessed the resurrection of Chesterton’s reputation. His book is therefore the fruit of much labour and tremendous knowledge, as well as being an act of unabashed homage to one whom Mr. Ahlquist considers to be not merely a [...]

Music and the Education of the Christian Soul

By |2019-01-05T12:11:21-05:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: Antonio Vivaldi, Beauty, Christianity, Culture, Happiness, Heaven, Mother of God, Music, Sainthood|

In a world ringing with noise and suffused with the more or less artful idolizing of passions divorced from objective goods, where are we to find melodies capable of penetrating our hardened hearts with spiritual truths? In Plato’s Republic, Socrates leads a group of ambitious young Athenians on a search for the best way of [...]

Winning the Long Defeat

By |2018-11-28T21:55:23-05:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Christianity, Conservatism, Culture War, Freedom of Religion, Heroism, Joseph Pearce, Modernity, Sainthood|

Actually I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect “history” to be anything but a “long defeat”—though it contains… some samples or glimpses of final victory. – J.R.R. Tolkien Together through ages of the world we have fought the long defeat. – Galadriel My kingdom is not of this [...]

Is Plato Necessary for Salvation?

By |2019-03-07T10:26:18-05:00February 24th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Faith, Great Books, Plato, Sainthood, Wyoming Catholic College|

It would seem that in no way can reading Plato be necessary for salvation, since Jesus Christ alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Yet Plato teaches us the essential spiritual and metaphysical truths, as well as the mystical habit of mind and soul, without which Faith and Grace are stillborn in our [...]

Wind From Heaven: The Poet Who Became Pope

By |2019-08-12T09:01:09-05:00November 11th, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Dwight Longenecker, Sainthood, St. John Paul II|

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 new [...]

Perennial Light

By |2018-12-21T14:56:29-05:00November 4th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, Pope Benedict XVI, Sainthood, Virtue, Wyoming Catholic College|

Our civilization needs zealous and dedicated young men and women to convert the barbarians. However, because the barbaric culture is pervasive, we are all barbarians now to a certain extent, and thus, we must first civilize our own souls… Nowadays the devil has made such a mess of everything in the system of life [...]

What the Devil to Do About Halloween?

By |2018-10-30T22:59:24-05:00October 30th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Death, Halloween, History, Sainthood|

What are the historical roots of Halloween? Should Christians celebrate this holiday? And if so, how?… Not that the Mass of the day has mention of black cats, or the Divine Office of witches, but for so long Halloween meant nothing but parties and vandalism that when someone first proposed that it came out [...]

Augustine: A Saint for Eternity

By |2019-05-14T13:56:25-05:00August 27th, 2017|Categories: Aeneid, Catholicism, Civilization, Modernity, Paul Krause, Plutarch, Sainthood, St. Augustine, Thucydides, War|

Augustine passed on to us, and all posterity, prescient words of wisdom: that even in the most disconcerting and dark of times, beauty, compassion, truth, love, and happiness abound… When the Visigoths sacked Rome in 410, the city that had taken the world captive had fallen into captivity. The event was a transformative moment [...]

Don Quixote: Saintly Knight

By |2019-01-03T15:48:02-05:00August 4th, 2017|Categories: Books, Heroism, Imagination, Literature, Sainthood|

By viewing Cervantes’ Don Quixote as a type of saintly hagiography, and Quixote’s actions and motives as following the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Don Quixote turns into San Quixote, a knight who fights not on the plains of Spain but on a spiritual plane, by means of his illuminating imagination… Gallivanting through the [...]

A Satirist at Work: Evelyn Waugh’s “Helena”

By |2017-02-09T11:52:58-05:00January 14th, 2017|Categories: Books, Evelyn Waugh, Featured, Sainthood|

Evelyn Waugh’s Helena is a saint for modern times—not an otherworldly ascetic or a heroic martyr, but a woman who “discovered what it was God had chosen for her to do and did it”… This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), Catholic convert and novelist. I had never [...]