The Divine Tragedy of Achilles

By |2019-04-27T21:45:41-05:00April 27th, 2019|Categories: Great Books, Heroism, Homer, Hope, Iliad|

The Iliad is Homer’s vehement attempt to reconcile god and man, clairvoyantly musing on how terrible and wonderful it would be if a man possessed a divine nature. As the heroes of The Iliad are slain in blood, Homer gives each of them an epitaph in poetry, that they may die not as expendable [...]

“Ride this one out”

By |2019-03-10T14:41:59-05:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Culture, Hope, Poetry|

Ride this one out, as you have done before. Batten down what can be battened. Reef What can be reefed, avoid the white sea-shore, Do not expect a rescue or relief. Endurance is its own kind of relief. The other ships are sinking. You must be Hope’s light for them, the north star of belief, [...]

Suicide and Secularism on a Wednesday Afternoon

By |2019-02-15T16:13:45-05:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Christianity, Hope, Secularism, Worldview|

How much of one’s desperation comes from apparently having it all, according to the precepts of secular humanism—the great false religion of our time—and yet having nothing at all to get through an ordinary Wednesday afternoon? Growing up in a small Montana town the 1980s—no stop lights, no fast food, plenty of guns—I was [...]

Horizons of Wonder

By |2019-01-26T22:53:05-05:00January 26th, 2019|Categories: Beauty, Christian Living, Glenn Arbery, History, Hope, Senior Contributors, Wisdom, Wyoming Catholic College|

All through the 1960s, my generation had been riveted by the space race started by President Kennedy. But what the astronauts accomplished on Christmas Eve of 1968 left us awestruck, and I remember it not as a moment of victory in the space race, but as an opening of religious wonder on that Christmas [...]

The Tower of Babel and Charles Péguy’s Defeatist Optimism

By |2019-01-15T21:43:51-05:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Christian Humanism, Conservatism, Freedom, History, Hope, Politics|

Latent in the seeds of all social movements, Charles Péguy asserted, are invariably good intentions: altruism, the common good, solidarity, or perhaps the search for truth. Why, then, must they all end in politics? One of the most influential public intellectuals of the French belle époque, Charles Péguy, had every reason to be weary of [...]

Solzhenitsyn 1918-2018: A Centenary Celebration

By |2018-12-11T09:37:22-05:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Character, Christianity, Heroism, History, Hope, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

The twentieth century produced many giants and many heroes. Yet many of the giants were not heroes, and many of the heroes were not giants. Hitler was a giant, as were Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. Each of these Nietzschean supermen was responsible for the deaths of millions of people. As for the heroes, one [...]

The Steam Bath Gathering

By |2018-12-07T09:24:27-05:00December 6th, 2018|Categories: Community, Compassion, Happiness, Hope, Wisdom|

How is it possible to feel happy and sad at the same time? Recently I tasted that bittersweetness as I walked the campus of a college I attended almost 30 years ago. The landmarks of warm memories were still there: majestic buildings, the elegant gym, the cozy dining hall. Then I came to a [...]

Gratitude for Those Who Are Gone

By |2018-11-22T01:56:07-05:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Hope, Poetry, Thanksgiving, Time, Wisdom|

For all that we are often lost amid the loneliness, hostage to the gravity and grief that cause us to fall, there is always that sudden and unexpected upsurge of grace and glory to lift us high above the dark and sullen weight of so many dead and dying leaves... An old and valued friend, [...]

Death and Blind Hopes

By |2019-05-23T10:51:54-05:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Death, Hope, Mathematics, Theology|

Because of intense fear, we refuse to acknowledge that nothing in this world is permanent, that everything perishes, that soon we will be no more. Lodged within every human heart is the blind hope that death comes to others, not to us... Prometheus was the one Olympian god to rebel against Zeus’ plan to wipe [...]

The Harrowing of Hell

By |2018-03-26T00:25:26-05:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Gospel Reflection, Hope, St. Thomas Aquinas|

Christ descended into hell to deliver His loved ones from their exile. He came to reward those who, from our first father, Adam, to His own foster-father, St. Joseph, had fought the good fight and had finished the race… The second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday is taken from an ancient homily on [...]

The End of Modernity

By |2018-10-06T16:59:31-05:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Culture, History, Hope, Modernity, Pope Benedict XVI, Wyoming Catholic College|

Modernity, by God’s grace, may be the site of a new synthesis, the transcending of stale categories of thought and practice, in which a new Christendom can emerge, one in which the reign of God in His glory and love emerges side-by-side with the full dignity and flourishing of man… The Immanent Frame and [...]