The Power of Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites”

By |2019-06-15T11:36:20-05:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Michael De Sapio, Music, Opera, Senior Contributors|

Francis Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites” is based on the true story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, a community of sixteen Carmelite nuns who were guillotined during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Many hold it in high esteem as one of the twentieth century’s greatest operas. Francis Poulenc The Metropolitan Opera’s [...]

Parallel & Convergent Paths: Seeing Myself in Another’s Conversion

By |2019-06-14T23:28:20-05:00June 14th, 2019|Categories: Books, Christianity, Culture, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

Superficially, Sohrab Ahmari and I would seem to have very little in common, and yet, in our respective journeys, we had discovered an essential bond that transcends and supersedes every accident of birth. In discovering the true Home of Man, we had discovered the true brotherhood of men. I’ve recently had the surprising pleasure [...]

America’s Uneven Legacy of Religious Freedom

By |2019-06-12T23:46:56-05:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, Bradley J. Birzer, History, Religion, Senior Contributors|

As we enter into a period of radical uncertainty regarding religious freedom—especially for Catholics, as witnessed most recently by the anti-confession laws in California—it is worth re-considering America’s track record on the issue. Frankly, it’s not good. Or, perhaps, it’s better to state, when it’s good, it’s good, but when it’s bad, it’s really [...]

John Keats’ “Great Odes” & the Sublime

By |2019-06-13T11:29:19-05:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Literature, Poetry|

When John Keats died in Rome on February 23, 1821, at the age of 25, the world lost one of the greatest poetic geniuses it had ever known. Although much of what would undoubtedly have been his greatest work was unfinished—and as much scattered about in, or only hinted at in his letters—his published [...]

What Is Beauty and Why Do We Need It?

By |2019-06-12T14:33:20-05:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Order|

Beauty demands that we celebrate order with creativity, surprise, and freshness. We are meant to be startled by the goodness of reality, astonished by things working the way they’re supposed to, and delighted by the truth. Let us suppose there is such a thing as objective beauty. Suppose, along with the classical and Christian traditions, [...]

Flying Elephants and the Margins of Imagination

By |2019-06-10T23:24:58-05:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Imagination, Truth|

The imagination should be a mirror, not a psychedelic portal, transcending reality without renouncing the transcendentals. Catholic professor and writer John Senior possessed a sharp imagination, which he once leveled against Dumbo. “Dumbo is an abomination of the imagination,” he said. “Elephants can’t fly. Horses can fly.” Dr. Senior’s intriguing statement poses the controversial [...]

Chasing Lions: Don Quixote in Pursuit of the Beautiful

By |2019-06-11T14:21:58-05:00June 9th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Great Books, Imagination, Love, Timeless Essays, Truth|

When man pursues beauty, he takes it into himself and becomes beautiful through it; a perpetual beauty-seeker, such as Don Quixote, is, therefore, a beautiful man. Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Jacob Terneus, as he reflects upon the character of Don Quixote. —W. Winston Elliott [...]

Big Brother’s Birthday: Orwell’s “1984” at 70

By |2019-06-14T12:34:02-05:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, George Orwell, Glenn Arbery, Literature, Wyoming Catholic College|

Big Brother needs to subordinate history—that is, what actually happened—to the political desire of the moment, so much so that we no longer even expect objective news; in fact, we doubt the very possibility of it. When George Orwell’s 1984 first appeared in print seventy years ago, no one could have predicted its enormous influence. It [...]

Self-Denial in an Age of Distraction

By |2019-06-07T21:16:36-05:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Modernity, Science, Technology|

We wonder whether smartphones have somehow fundamentally altered our human nature, but ask why we were so vulnerable to addiction when they arrived on the scene. Technology amplifies, but does not alter, who we are. We are creatures with a deep and abiding desire to avoid the real. We seek to escape awareness of [...]

“Writers on Writing”: A Treasure Trove of Advice

By |2019-06-06T23:04:43-05:00June 6th, 2019|Categories: Books, Culture, Writing|

Approach this charming collection of writers’ conversations with an expectation to encounter some thought or piece of advice that you didn’t know you needed or wanted, and you will find yourself delighted with a fresh dose of enthusiasm for thoughtful, meaningful writing and story-telling. Writers on Writing: Conversations with Allen Mendenhall, edited by Allen [...]

The Sound of a Summer Symphony: Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite”

By |2019-06-07T12:30:57-05:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Christine Norvell, Culture, Music|

Ferde Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite” communicates an infectious passion for the beauty of the Canyon, especially the allure of the composer’s magnificent first impressions. His pictorial orchestration is emotional but that does not imply simplicity. It is a strength that welcomes and holds listeners of every age. Emblazoned with striking black and white titles, [...]

Saving Our Souls by Rejecting Technology

By |2019-06-04T22:34:35-05:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Community, Culture, Happiness, Wisdom|

Alas, we can’t un-invent digital technology. Pandora’s box can’t be closed once it’s opened. The 20th century gave rise to no end of technologies that mankind has come to acknowledge as absolutely evil and yet that we can’t eradicate completely. For those brave and willing few, however, I urge you to join me in [...]

Horace on Decorum

By |2019-06-04T22:47:12-05:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Imagination, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos, Poetry, Senior Contributors|

My friends of the future, you may think that the arts have changed radically between my age and yours, but they have not. The relationship between form and content remains constant and must ever be honored and obeyed if one is to earn the title of poet. Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, [...]