The Steam Bath Gathering

By |2018-12-07T09:24:27-06:00December 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 |2018-11-22T01:56:07-06:00November 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 |2019-10-16T13:59:45-05:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Death, George Stanciu, 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 |2020-04-09T02:17:57-05:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Easter, 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 [...]

Russell Kirk & Pope St. John Paul II on the Redemption of Man

By |2018-07-24T20:58:40-05:00November 19th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Conservatism, Faith, Featured, Hope, Imagination, Russell Kirk, St. John Paul II, The Imaginative Conservative, Timeless Essays, Truth|

Pope St. John Paul II and Russell Kirk defended freedom within the limits of truth and its authentic or right use. They knew it was crucial to distinguish license and liberty. But they have different approaches to truth… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join John Hittinger as [...]

Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, & the Imagination

By |2017-11-12T22:14:34-06:00November 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservation, Economics, Environmentalism, Hope, Imagination, Religion, Timeless Essays, Wendell Berry|

The power of imagination is to see things whole, to see things clearly, to see things with sanctity, to see things with love… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Alan Cornett as he discusses Wendell Berry’s thoughts on environmentalism and climate change, wealth and the economy, hope [...]

Making and Revealing

By |2019-10-10T11:51:43-05:00July 28th, 2017|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Flannery O'Connor, Glenn Arbery, Hope, Literature, Plato, Poetry, Senior Contributors, Sophocles, Wyoming Catholic College|

Making art is a mode of revealing the world in new ways… For the past two weeks, I’ve been writing about the opportunity to make a new Catholic culture, not from scratch and not from attempts to appropriate whatever happens to be popular at the moment, but from the immense resources available in the [...]

Conservatism & the Politicization of Culture

By |2019-10-30T11:48:03-05:00July 18th, 2017|Categories: Beauty, Conservatism, Hope|

Conservatives must once again put contemplation before action, or else their energies will be wasted. They cannot continue to trim the upper branches of politics while the roots of culture wither and die from inattention… There is an aspect to the conservative abandonment of culture I find distressing: the increasing politicization within the conservative [...]

On Music and Metaphysics

By |2019-02-26T17:50:16-06:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Beauty, Classical Education, Featured, Hope, Liberal Learning, Music, Peter Kalkavage, St. John's College|

Please join Peter Kalkavage as he discusses the metaphysics of music: music's role in the liberal arts, the paradox in the union of rational and irrational, order and feeling in its composition, and music's connection and reflection of the deeper order of the natural world, of being... Introduction: In this podcast, we hear from Peter [...]