Uncle Sam’s Good Servant But God’s First

By |2019-01-13T22:05:07-05:00January 13th, 2019|

In order to truly serve their nation, true Americans must fearlessly criticize her for her waywardness. More importantly, we must evangelize her, bringing her to the fullness of faith in the God under Whom she owes her existence. Only when America kneels before her true God will she become truly civilized… One of the [...]

How St. John Speaks to Us Today

By |2019-01-11T16:09:01-05:00January 12th, 2019|

The apostle Paul counted all things as rubbish except for one thing: an intimate knowledge of Christ characterized by knowing him in the power of his resurrection, the fellowship of his suffering, and an identification with his death. Immersion into the life and writings of St. John is a journey into the mind and heart [...]

Christianity’s Home in Homelessness

By |2019-02-18T02:39:13-05:00December 23rd, 2018|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join Casey Spinks, as he examines the Christian notion of home. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher The history of Western philosophy may be but a footnote on Plato, but the history of the whole of Western philosophy, theology, politics, science, art, and [...]

America’s Ship of Fools

By |2018-12-15T22:18:22-05:00December 15th, 2018|

Although somewhat overshadowed by the allegory of the Cave, the myth of the ring of Gyges, and other powerful images found in Plato’s Republic, the account of the ship of fools is still memorable and compelling. While Socrates—the Athenian philosopher and mentor of Plato—is discussing with his young friends the nature of justice and the [...]

How to Know if You’re a Fool

By |2018-11-25T00:36:14-05:00November 24th, 2018|

I’m not sure there’s a more important author for teenagers right now than Blaise Pascal, but not for the thing he’s most famous for. I remember in high school and college reading his most famous argument, “the wager,” in which he proposes that it is most reasonable to follow God, even if we can’t [...]

Two Kinds of Jesuits

By |2018-11-03T23:58:27-05:00November 3rd, 2018|

Whereas heroic missionary effort and martyrdom seemed the hallmark of the first Jesuits, the second generation moved in a different direction... In the Roman calendar, October is a harvest for militant saints. Kicking off with Saint Therese of Lisieux who proclaimed, “Sanctity! It must be won at the point of a sword!”, the calendar marches [...]

Modeling Manhood: From Homer to Paul

By |2018-09-29T21:49:41-05:00October 6th, 2018|

In Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey, a Greek war hero faces imposing challenges in his long journey home. After decimating the armies of Troy, King Odysseus sets out for Ithaca only to find himself wrestling against more formidable foes. For ten years the whims of gods and the winds of fate hinder his journey, while a [...]

The Divine Conspiracy of Dallas Willard

By |2018-10-11T16:05:15-05:00September 30th, 2018|

Authentic discipleship transforms all aspects of life, every day, at work, at home, in all relationships. My discipleship to Jesus is, within clearly definable limits, not a matter of what I do, but of how I do it. Brother Lawrence, who was a kitchen worker and cook, remarks, “Our sanctification does not depend upon changing [...]

A Sketch of Heaven

By |2018-09-18T10:18:03-05:00September 16th, 2018|

Let us picture a woman thrown into a dungeon. There she bears and rears a son. He grows up seeing nothing but the dungeon walls, the straw on the floor, and a little patch of the sky seen through the grating, which is too high up to show anything except sky. This unfortunate woman was an artist, [...]

Faith, Family, Government, & the Company Store

By |2018-08-25T13:54:55-05:00August 25th, 2018|

My father was not an easy man to categorize when it came to politics. He was, like almost everybody else where I grew up, a registered Democrat. Republicans in New England and the middle Atlantic states were not fond of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Italy, and Poland, and the immigrants were not fond of the Republicans, [...]

How Would Our Ancestors View the 21st Century?

By |2018-08-05T14:22:46-05:00August 5th, 2018|

What is the worst thing about living in the rubble of a civilization? It is not that you shed a tear for the noble churches and courts and town halls you once knew, as you recall years filled with religious services, parades and block parties. It is that you do not even suspect that [...]

How “Humanae Vitae” Continues to Challenge the Modern World

By |2018-06-16T22:30:17-05:00June 16th, 2018|

Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical Humanae Vitae cuts across modernity’s default epicurean position by insisting that sexuality is a profound participation in hope, an affirmation that every God-given human life has inestimable worth, not a negotiable value… This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s controversial encyclical Humanae Vitae. Like most of [...]

Augustine’s “Confessions” Unpacked

By |2018-12-09T08:42:02-05:00June 9th, 2018|

Augustine’s Confessions is first and foremost a prayer to God. Indeed, unless we read it as a prayer, we will not understand it; we will only study it… I Burned for Your Peace: Augustine’s Confessions Unpacked, by Peter Kreeft (240 pages, Ignatius Press, 2016) Back in 1990, I had the rare privilege of teaching [...]