God or Mammon: Choosing Christ in a World in Crisis

By |2019-09-28T09:50:56-05:00October 15th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Happiness, Heaven, Joseph Pearce, StAR|

No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24 One of the biggest and most dangerous temptations that Christians face is the addiction to comfort. Our desire for comfort [...]

When Will They Believe in Hell?

By |2015-07-24T12:53:25-05:00July 11th, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, Heaven|

Someone once asked the famous mystic Padre Pio, what he thought of modern people who didn’t believe in hell. His blunt reply was, “They will believe in hell when they get there.” Must we believe in hell? Surely, when faced with Auschwitz, Hiroshima, the Boko Haram, and the barbarians of ISIS, the question should [...]

Holy Sorrow

By |2015-02-28T13:28:09-06:00February 28th, 2015|Categories: Heaven, Poetry|

When after sleeping in the day I wake And find my parents are not there I grieve The time that passes by like stars above Whose movement is the movement of the earth When at the turning of the year just like The turning of the leaves when nights draw in And thoughts of [...]

A Far Green Country: Looking Past Uncertainty Towards Eternity

By |2016-02-12T15:28:04-06:00January 17th, 2015|Categories: C.S. Lewis, Christianity, Heaven, J.R.R. Tolkien|Tags: |

“In your presence there is abundance of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” – Ps. 16.11 Perhaps it is the noticeable lack of concrete information surrounding what Heaven is and will be that so jibes against our modern mechanistic minds, but this is no doubt something that so many Christians find [...]

Who Is Man?

By |2016-08-03T10:36:47-05:00August 18th, 2014|Categories: Christendom, Christianity, Heaven, Joseph Pearce|

In an age of relativism which seems to deny the definitive nature of anything, it is truly a noble endeavour to defend the definite. This being so, we have sought over the past couple of weeks to define some of the central questions confronting our myopic and miasmic times. Having asked “what is civilization?” [...]

In the Heaven of Knowing: Dante’s Paradiso

By |2018-11-09T11:55:48-06:00August 10th, 2014|Categories: Books, Christianity, Dante, Featured, Heaven, Peter Kalkavage, Poetry, St. John's College|

“For we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:2 The focus of my talk this evening is the Paradiso, the culminating and most beautiful part of Dante’s Comedy. The Paradiso has much to tell us about happiness, the perfection of the intellect, the nature of true freedom, the flourishing of community, the [...]

What is Christendom?

By |2018-09-25T16:23:33-05:00August 10th, 2014|Categories: Christendom, Heaven, Joseph Pearce|

It is evident from the various definitions of civilization with which we grappled in my last article (What is Civilization?) that it is necessary to differentiate between the modern understanding of it as an intellectual construct of the Enlightenment and the traditional understanding of it as the cultural manifestation of the accumulated wisdom of [...]

The Powerful Persistence of Heaven and Hell

By |2020-01-09T13:20:13-06:00June 9th, 2014|Categories: Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Heaven, Religion|

Quickly bored with beach vacations, I ventured off last summer to Belize not only to snorkel with the fishes and down a few rum punches, but also to explore Mayan ruins. The Mayans built their great pyramids in that part of Central America because below the jungle were extensive cave systems. Their ziggurat-like temples [...]

Tolkien and Hopkins

By |2017-07-28T22:12:45-05:00September 1st, 2013|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Featured, Heaven, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: |

Gerard Manley Hopkins You might like to compare Tolkien’s “Ainulindale” (the Elvish account of the creation of the world through music, in The Silmarillion), with the following meditation on the Exercises of St Ignatius by Gerard Manley Hopkins, taken from The Notebooks and Papers of Gerard Manley Hopkins, pp. 348-51. The angels, like Adam, were created [...]