The Vulnerability of Beauty

The Abbey of St Antimo, Tuscany, Italy

A friend of mine once exclaimed, “Oh, the vulnerability of beauty in a world of useful things!” What he was observing is the fact that beauty cuts across utilitarian and economic ideals. Of course a thing that is efficient and useful might also be beautiful, but something which seeks to be beautiful first of all [Read More...]

Tolkien and the Great War

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In honor of Armistice Day my article for Imaginative Conservative this week explores the influence that World War I had on Tolkien and his writing. It is from these first hand experiences of war that Tolkien was to find the ground and content for a fantasy that was empowered by vivid realism. Writing in his [Read More...]

One of God’s Little Women Warriors

St Frances Xavier Cabrini

Mother Cabrini was frail and tiny of body but strong of soul. Read about her here. Cabrini was born July 15, 1850, in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, in the LombardProvince of Lodi, then part of the Austrian Empire, the youngest of the eleven children of Agostino Cabrini and Stella Oldini, who were wealthy cherry tree farmers. Sadly, only four of the eleven [Read More...]

Hate the Sin Love the Sinner – How Do I Do That?

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It’s a typical Christian bromide: “Hate the sin. Love the sinner.” The problem is–how do I do that? The sinner sins. How do you separate the sin from the sinner, and to be honest, at the final judgement it is the sinner who is condemned for his sin. It’s not like Jesus says, “There, there, [Read More...]

Is There a Burke-Francis Feud?

Raymond Cardinal Burke

  This week’s article for Aleteia analyzes whether there is a personal feud between Cardinal Burke and Pope Francis There is gossip galore in the little world of the universal church. American Cardinal Raymond Burke has been transferred from his powerful post as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura to an honorary post of Patron of [Read More...]

The Ancient Radical Vision of the Family

Extended happy family standing in the park.

Here is an article/interview on marriage for Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs: I have a very subversive and radical vision for Christian marriage. It is just as radical as it was when it first hit the scene in the Roman Empire in the first and second centuries. It is this: that one [Read More...]


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