Why Hurricane Sandy Made Us Happy

"The hurricane blew away the sad, noxious particles which befoul the sorrowful old Eastern sky and Midge no longer felt obliged to keep her face stiff. They were able to talk. It was best of all when the hurricane's eye came with its so-called ominous stillness. It was not ominous. Everything was yellow and still and charged up with value."-- The Last Gentleman, Walker Percy Sandy was undoubtedly a very bad thing, but our anticipation and witness of the hurricane was a perversely happy … [Read more...]

Why No One Shuts Up

Silence is that terrifying state in which man is present to himself and to others. It is not merely the lack of sound, for it also encompasses interior silence -- in which our frantic reels of thought and image cease -- and stillness -- in which nothing is done. When we are truly silent, we simply are.Now it's a known fact that silence between strangers is an awkward silence. Why? Because neither stranger appreciates the other for who he is. Neither knows the other in his being.To be s … [Read more...]

In Defense of Nice Churches

Every Catholic is at some point obliged to defend the flair his Church has for covering everything in gold.Complaints in the vein of the internet-brilliance above aren't without foundation. There have been all manners of abuses regarding wealth within the Church, and -- if I may prophesy -- there will continue to be. No sane man would defend the personal hoarding of wealth, especially not among clergymen. But when the man outside of the Church bemoans the unsold wealth of the Church, he's … [Read more...]

The Authority of the Superhuman Truth

What is Truth?It seems that a good way to begin answering the question of what an abstract is is to establish our reaction to it. What is my reaction to fear? It makes my knees shake and my adrenal glands pump. What then, is my reaction to Truth? To give her a place of authority greater than our own.If two men are arguing over whether a fetus is a human being, and the truth of the matter is presented to them in the form of a DNA sample, we would expect them to admit the primacy of T … [Read more...]

The Furious Prophecy of Titus Andronicus

In my last two posts we established the following: Prophecy is the province of the honest. A prophet need not be a religious, a mystic or some visionary of the distant future, but may very well be the old woman at the grocery store who tells you the Honest Truth, that you're beautiful, a miserable human being, or whatever the Honest Truth may be. For though the Old Testament prophets often foretold the future, they were just as likely to tell the Present:  "You are living in sin." "Israel has a … [Read more...]

A Pagan Prophecy

Pagan prophecy is sweet. Take Virgil's Fourth Eclogue, a poem written a little while before the birth of Christ about the birth of a divine child. The parallells between the mythical event -- constructed by Virgil -- and the historical event -- the birth of Jesus -- are striking. Justice returns, returns old Saturn's reign,  With a new breed of men sent down from heaven.  Only do thou, at the boy's birth in whom  The iron shall cease, the golden race arise... The reign of Saturn can be acc … [Read more...]

Converting to Paganism

Christians like to believe that our age is a frightening one, an age in which everything is allowed, and all the horny powers of hedonism run rampant. The Godless -- God bless 'em -- believe the same, but as far as I can tell, they're happier with the prospect.We're all becoming pagans, the Christian frowns, using that wonderful, royal we. We're becoming pagans, the Godless smile back, shaking off the cruel bonds of organized religion.Lol, pagans? C.S. Lewis asked. Then: Take as your … [Read more...]

Why Christianity Is Far More Sensible Than Whatever You’re Doing Right Now

There are two ways to end small talk: 1. Stop mid-sentence, flap your arms, and scream like a Nazgul. 2. Mention that Christianity is the only existing worldview with a satisfying answer to the mystery of why we suffer. Both methods result in all present diving under bushes and shaking in horrible conniptions, strangely tempted to put on a ring of power and kill you.But, in the words of St. Augustine, let dem haters hate. Nothing but the God-Man satisfies the Problem of Pain.For the … [Read more...]

Why I Believe In God

I believe in God because the Jews terrify me.The atheistic explanation of religious belief -- that it is cosmic wish-fulfillment and an opiate of the masses -- cannot be applied to יאַרמלקע-rocking people. They did not follow the dictates of their God because they were promised everlasting bliss for doing so. They did not live a religious life because they would be rewarded for it after death. In fact, the early Jews didn't even believe in Heaven. They believed in Sheol, "a place of darkness … [Read more...]

The Crowning of Thorns

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe upon him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him they mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they spat upon him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. Jesus Christ had thorns forced into his flesh. The Evangelists's claim -- that if everything a … [Read more...]