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 |2019-10-08T16:25:44-05:00November 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 |2019-11-27T12:59:27-06:00August 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 |2019-10-24T11:32:34-05:00January 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 [...]

Robert Southwell: Poet, Priest, Martyr

By |2019-09-28T09:50:25-05:00September 28th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, England, Joseph Pearce, Poetry, Sainthood, StAR|

Modern England is so secular in her orientation and so narcissistic in her hedonism that she treats her own heritage with scornful and supercilious neglect. This was made painfully clear to me this January when I returned to my native land to film a documentary on the great Catholic poet, Francis Thompson. Described by [...]

Benedict Means Business

By |2020-01-29T10:00:46-06:00September 25th, 2016|Categories: Character, Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Sainthood, St. Benedict, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Dwight Longenecker as he explains the importance of applying St. Benedict’s Rule to the business world. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher It seems a far cry from a sixth-century hermitage to the world of twenty-first century business. But the outlines of [...]

When Mother Teresa Came to Washington

By |2020-09-04T14:49:47-05:00September 6th, 2016|Categories: Barbara J. Elliott, Catholicism, Featured, Politics, Ronald Reagan, Sainthood, Virtue|

It was utterly ludicrous, stepping out of a chauffeured White House limousine to go hear Mother Teresa. Even then I recognized that, as a twenty-something working at the locus of political power. Her simple sari and sandals were incongruous among the tailored suits and silk ties of the people who styled themselves as Masters [...]

Slouching Towards Tyranny: Why America Needs God

By |2016-08-28T09:22:01-05:00April 1st, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Government, Leadership, Politics, Sainthood, Tyranny, Wyoming Catholic College|

In the fifth century B.C., Athens and her allies were at war with Sparta and her allies in the Peloponnesian War, made famous by the great historian Thucydides. In the first part of the war, Pericles, son of Xanthippus, was the leader of Athens; by all accounts, he was an able leader, not least [...]

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