January 19, 2019

Ordinary Time 19 January 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Every year in my Fundamentals of the Christian Faith class, my text for discussion during our unit on Creation is St. Francis’ “Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon.” I choose this text for a few reasons. First, I find that many of my college students have not been introduced to poetry, and certainly don’t think that poetry and theology can inform each other. Second, I find… Read more

January 3, 2019

Christmastide 3 January 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, There have been some mutterings lately, mutterings against enchantment in Christian circles. I’ve even seen one name more than any other being trotted out as a champion against enchantment: Augustine. Perhaps, they say, we should be reading Augustine’s Confessions on astrology. But what does Augustine say about the astrologers and what, if any, effect should this have on our understanding of reality? First, to the text itself. Augustine… Read more

December 23, 2018

Advent Time Fourth Sunday in Advent 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, I am happy to announce that I will be speaking at this year’s (OK 2019’s) Catholic Literature Conference in Concord. This year’s conference is on the theme of Lost Virtue in Literature. The other speakers are Joseph Pearce speaking on “Pride and the Lost Virtues in Literature,” Dr. Gary Bouchard who’s paper is titled “Praying Hopkins,” and Dr. Anthony Esolen on “Piety and Manhood: Lessons… Read more

December 13, 2018

  Advent St. Lucy’s Day 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Now that it has been officially released, I would like to tell everyone about Michael Martin’s most recent book, Transfiguration: Notes Toward A Radical Catholic Reimagination of Everything. This book is Martin’s manifesto, his declaration of how we ought to see and interact with the world around us. It is not, however, a program. Martin isn’t here to tell us all the ins and outs of… Read more

December 8, 2018

Advent 8 December 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, One of my earliest memories is riding in the car somewhere in the south. A tendency for motion sickness meant I wasn’t playing my gameboy or trying to read a book. Besides, it was night time. I remember looking up out of the backseat window and what I saw above me astonished me. Stars. The night sky above me was a blue-black field filled with stars. They danced… Read more

December 4, 2018

Advent 4 December 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Recently Stephen Colbert decided to flip the script on The Late Show and had some of his famous friends come and interview him. One of those guests was noted astrophysicist (and often science fiction killjoy) Neil de Grasse Tyson. Toward the end of the interview, as Colbert’s faith comes up. Tyson asks Colbert, “How did you resolve the urges of a believer to reject evidence in favor of… Read more

December 2, 2018

Advent 2 December 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, Last night my family went to the vigil mass for the first Sunday in Advent. We don’t normally go to the Saturday vigil mass, but we’ve made a vow (OK, I made the vow and got my wife to agree to it) to go to mass every Sunday together as a family. For those with small children, you know how difficult it can be to go to mass… Read more

November 26, 2018

  Ordinary Time 26 November 2018 The Edge of Elfland Concord, NH Dearest Readers, I arrived early to the evening mass at my parish for the solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe. I stopped by our Lady’s altar to light a candle and then found a pew in which to read quietly. I brought Blessed Julian of Norwich’s Showings with me. There was still a hint of incense in the air. Before more of the lights were turned… Read more

November 5, 2018

Ordinary Time 5 November 2018 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, NH Dearest Readers, As many of you know, I work for a small, private, Catholic high school in the classical tradition. In case you don’t know what that means, let me, briefly, break it down for you. We are small, around 100 students (but also growing). We are private, meaning we are not a diocesan school. We are Catholic, meaning that while we are not a diocesan school we are… Read more

November 2, 2018

Ordinary Time All Souls Day 2018 The Edge of Elfland Manchester, NH Dearest Readers, As I continue my slow work on my Reclaiming the Discarded Image, I have been re-reading Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. In fact, just last night I finally began That Hideous Strength, my personal favorite out of the trilogy. One of my chief complaints over the years, however, has been the collective name for this Trilogy. While a few people,… Read more

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