“The Green Man in Autumn”

By |2020-10-18T12:57:47-05:00October 18th, 2020|Categories: Nature, Poetry|

The air is crisp, the berries have turned brown, The final harvest has been taken in, The once new leaves have dropped from the Green Man’s crown. And the Summer’s Sun has come to rest and dim. […]

Late and Soon

By |2020-10-10T17:04:07-05:00October 10th, 2020|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Leisure, Nature, Poetry, Senior Contributors, Time, Wyoming Catholic College|

The pervasive “world” is a man-made complex of ambitions and obligations, a dense social and cultural and financial web that captures us and estranges our experience from the primal realities of earth and sky. We need to remind ourselves of the blessedness that can come even in the midst of the busiest days, that subtle [...]

On Nightmares, Crowds, and Getting It Wrong

By |2020-10-06T16:49:03-05:00October 6th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Music, Nature, Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas|

If the universe were a swarm, there would be no universe. That swarm, that self-caused changing unit, that Godless movable infinite thing would destroy the necessary condition of its own existence and persistence: the individuals that constitute it. Why, then, does modern man insist on not seeing this? Why does he choose rage over reality? I [...]

“Pied Beauty”

By |2020-09-25T16:29:11-05:00October 4th, 2020|Categories: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Literature, Nature, Poetry|

Glory be to God for dappled things— For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. […]

“The Green Man”

By |2020-09-16T16:41:43-05:00September 27th, 2020|Categories: Nature, Poetry|

Effoliating foliage, he haunts His local habitation. The tutelary Spirit, ripener of wildest blackberry, Protector of the bees’ humblest wants. […]

On Gardens, Institutions, and the Universe

By |2020-09-05T15:47:12-05:00September 5th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Existence of God, Nature, Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas|

The most effective way to show that God exists is to expose our false deep-seated illusion that the world around us, our networks, are all there is and ever was, in the eternity of the world. It is our prejudices, our pride, our fear that keep us from seeing that the Prime Mover is not [...]

Remembering the Normal

By |2020-08-31T15:05:43-05:00August 31st, 2020|Categories: Christianity, Community, Glenn Arbery, Happiness, Nature, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

As this strange summer of a strange year comes to an end, I am reminded of ordinary realities and experiences that now appear in a new light. At our college, classes started back up, and I cannot recall a happier sense of new beginning, partly because this, too, has been defamiliarized. On Sunday of this [...]

God Said; We Say

By |2020-08-27T16:04:57-05:00August 28th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, George Stanciu, Language, Nature, Order, Science, Senior Contributors|

Language is at the heart of Creation. Because we are created in the image of God who spoke and created intelligible matter, our language mirrors Creation in a hazy, incomplete way. Our speech calls into existence names and creates a narrative to link together our experiences in a coherent way. A life without words is [...]

Science and the Beauty of Being

By |2020-08-18T14:28:37-05:00August 19th, 2020|Categories: Beauty, Glenn Arbery, Nature, Science, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Omissions of formal and final causes in the modern scientific project lead to a sense of meaninglessness. Bringing them back allows a crucial reinterpretation of the evidence of modern science: that matter carries within it its own divine purposiveness, and it moves by its nature into greater and greater complexities of order and beauty. This [...]

Art, Nature, and Revelation

By |2020-08-14T09:47:05-05:00August 8th, 2020|Categories: Art, Christianity, Culture, Michael De Sapio, Nature, Senior Contributors|

In the era of scientific advancement, contemplating the sublime, both in nature and art, remains more necessary than ever. Works of art that build a sub-creation on scripture, exploiting the fullness of natural realism inherent in it, attain a very rare sublimity and draw the mind toward God. These waters must be troubled before they [...]

Reflections on George Gershwin’s “Summertime”

By |2020-07-21T15:37:07-05:00July 25th, 2020|Categories: Christian Living, Christianity, Culture, Happiness, Music, Nature|

DuBose Heyward’s timeless lyrics and George Gershwin’s iconic melody in “Summertime” speak wisdom to our era of uncertainty. When we hear this American classic, may we always feel the presence of the Lord, remembering that God’s greatest desire is to be with each one of us in heaven for all eternity. “Summertime,” the classic opening [...]

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Renewable World

By |2020-07-23T16:12:08-05:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: History, Modernity, Nature, Philosophy, Science, Time|

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s work on historical liberalism and energetic conservatism suggests that the modern self must only divest himself of the “dry bones” of history in order to tap into the pure primordial “powers” of nature and so renew the world. Yet, is it not our collective heritage, both the good and the bad, that [...]

Ernst Jünger’s “The Forest Passage” and the Conservative Mind

By |2020-07-20T13:42:50-05:00July 21st, 2020|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Freedom, Imagination, Literature, Myth, Nature|

Written in the shadow of the Second World War, Ernst Jünger’s “The Forest Passage” reimagines the forest as a symbol of freedom in an age where the “Leviathan,” or all-encompassing totalitarian state, threatens to encroach on liberty and free space. Yet as long as the “forest rebel” has access to the domains of art, philosophy, [...]

Mountains and the Living of Life

By |2020-07-20T11:18:55-05:00July 20th, 2020|Categories: Christianity, David Deavel, Nature, Senior Contributors|

Life is a kind of hike. Preparation is good, but you cannot be totally prepared. Unexpected beauty comes with unexpected difficulty. And the joy that you encounter is inextricable from the difficulty and even danger of the experience—even when you were promised an “easy” time. I have made no secret of my disdain for the [...]

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