Category Archives: Catholicism

The long, long sun

I’ve finally finished all four volumes of Gene Wolfe’s Book of the Long Sun, the very loose sequel to The Book of the New Sun. It almost lost me for a while. True to its title, the novel is very … Continue reading

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Current reading

The other day I realized I didn’t have any book open that could be construed as lenten reading, and decided to have another crack at the second volume of Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth, which studies the events of Holy … Continue reading

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Romance

If superior in degree to other men and to his environment, the hero is the typical hero of romance, whose actions are marvelous but who is himself identified as a human being. The hero of romance moves in a world … Continue reading

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On remaining Catholic, etc.

Elizabeth Scalia has been asking notable Catholic bloggers to share their story about why they remain Catholic, in spite of all the modern trends. Strangely, I was not personally asked by her to contribute. And, having only been in full … Continue reading

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From Athens to Jerusalem to the ivory tower

“The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” – Proverbs 4:7 I think it was Leo Strauss who quipped, “what has Athens to do with Jerusalem?” It’s not a sentiment that I agree with … Continue reading

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For the sake of the Kingdom

Patricia Snow has penned an excellent article in defense of celibate vocations at First Things: In the short run, it does no harm and possibly much good to try to strengthen monogamous, lifelong marriage. But to think that this is … Continue reading

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Song of the Sea: Deeper Thoughts

(in all this I am likely taking myself far beyond the intentions of Tomm Moore, but it’s his fault for making such a good movie) It is often said that the advent of Darwinism effectively bridged the gap between humans … Continue reading

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Identity salad

I’ve mentioned on a couple of occasions that I’ve grown tired with the ongoing debate regarding whether its ok for orthodox Catholics to use sexual orientation lingo like gay, straight, etc. It seems like others are starting to get a … Continue reading

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Two of three

  Today is the commemoration of two of the three Cappadocian Fathers: St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen (St. Gregory of Nyssa has theoretically slipped off to January 10, although my breviary makes no mention of this). I … Continue reading

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Poems for Christmas

CHORUS OF ANGELS Unto you a Child, A Son is given. Praising, proclaimng The ingression of Love, Earth’s darkness invents The blaze of Heaven, And frigid silence Meditates a song; For great joy has filled The narrow and the sad, … Continue reading

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