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March 8th, 2014Son of Godby Dena Hunt
This isn’t intended to be a film review, but in case it hasn’t been said elsewhere (and it probably has), this film is another rendition of the Gospel According to Dan Brown.» Continue Reading
March 7th, 2014Neutering Realityby Joseph Pearce
My good friend, Louis Markos, has long been one of the brightest lights in the literary firmament. He's at his best in this luminous article about gender-neutrality in language and the neutering of marriage:» Continue Reading
March 7th, 2014Raymond Arroyo and Dean Koontzby Joseph Pearce
I was greatly intrigued by this interview with Dean Koontz, the bestselling author. I had known for some time that he was a Catholic but this interview gives intriguing insights into the nature and depth of his faith:» Continue Reading
March 6th, 2014Let Them Eat Cake?by Joseph Pearce
A friend has sent me this amusing story about a general in the British army banning his men from eating sandwiches, condemning the eating with hands as a barbaric practise.
I'm pleased that England can still produce delightful eccentrics but I can't help wondering what the Earl of Sandwich would think of his blue-blooded invention being deemed unsuitable for red-blooded men:» Continue Reading
March 6th, 2014Man to Manby Joseph Pearce
I'm preparing to fly tomorrow from Thomas More College in New Hampshire, where I've been teaching this week, to a Catholic Men's Conference in Kansas City. It is, therefore, in a spirit of appropriate masculinity that I gave an interview to a Catholic Men's website. The interview covers topics ranging from my own conversion to my meeting with Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Here's the link:» Continue Reading
March 6th, 2014Ash Wednesdayby Dena Hunt
I almost didn’t go to Mass tonight. I usually go to Mass on Ash Wednesday at noon, and I’ve always been amazed to see the number of people there. Why? I remember last year I asked the priest that question. “This is nothing,” he said. “You should see how many there will be tonight!”» Continue Reading
March 6th, 2014Beatle Juice - Concentrate!by Kevin O'Brien
I've been asked by Vegas.com (that's right, Vegas.com) to post something about the Beatles.» Continue Reading
This is because Beatle fans are currently celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fab Four's first tour of the United States - and Vegas promoters are involved because there's quite a few Beatle-themed shows, venues and events going on there, which you can read about in this article about the Beatles in Vegas by Jennifer Whitehair and Nicole Lucht.
March 5th, 2014Ratzinger’s Heirby Joseph Pearce
I was greatly encouraged to read this interview with Cardinal Muller in the National Catholic Register. It seems that the Congregatin for the Doctrine of the Faith is in safe hands:» Continue Reading
March 5th, 2014What Hath the Internet Wrought?by Kevin O'Brien
We keep forgetting that we have just a few years experience of this new technology and we are utterly unprepared for how it affects our souls.
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For instance, throughout all of Christian history, if a married man started to spend too much time alone with a single woman, everyone in town would talk and the parish priest would privately admonish both of them. Nowadays they can bare their souls to one another via email, and no one is the wiser - and even if they don't bare their bodies via Skype or sexting, they may have crossed a line without completely realizing what they were doing. I've known people who have fallen into this habit almost unawares. It's like taking a very strong drug that no one has yet figured out is addictive.
March 3rd, 2014Chesterton and the Meaning of Educationby Joseph Pearce
I return to the hot topic of education in my latest article for the Imaginative Conservative:» Continue Reading
March 1st, 2014Shopping Malls, the Beatles and the God of our Desireby Kevin O'Brien
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps. 37:4)
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But what are the "desires of your heart"?
For the Westians it's sexual license and an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet. For them and for many quasi-secularists in the Church this beautiful verse from Psalm 37 isn't echoed by Jesus Christ when He says, "I am he who searches hearts and minds" (Rev. 2:23). For them there is nothing to search. Desire is all a sort of biological urge and it's rather superficial, even though we spiritualize it and call even nudism and exhibitionism "Theology of the Body". As I've said before, these pop-culture Catholics fail to see the role of the Cross in the fulfillment of desire; they fail to admit the integration of sacrifice and renunciation into love. Like the secularists that surround us, they ignore the fact that desire is only productive within a very limited channel that God has already dug and laid out for us, and that outside of that channel, it can overwhelm us and the world like Noah's flood.
February 28th, 2014Chesterton’s Nightmareby Joseph Pearce
There's an excellent article on Chesterton's "nightmare", The Man Who was Thursday, by Sean Fitzpatrick in yesterday's Crisis Magazine:» Continue Reading
February 27th, 2014Keeping On Moving Onby Dena Hunt
Continuing this rumination of illusory mobility (Moving On, February 22), I’ve been thinking about the way experience shapes our (stationary) selves. When I lived in Europe, I met a few expatriate Americans, who always interested me. What was it about Germany, about Italy, that made them “at home” there? I took it for granted that some very negative experience of some kind had made them uproot themselves from the entire United States (not just their hometowns), and adopt a foreign country, a foreign culture and people, as their own, but I was usually wrong in this assumption.» Continue Reading
February 26th, 2014When We Go Internationalby Michael Lichens
Your faithful editor and wordsmith has been featured in the Spanish language paper Religion en Libertad, where they also give a shout out to StAR. Pretty nifty, all in all!» Continue Reading
February 25th, 2014The Science of Loveby Kevin O'Brien
But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. - (Rev. 2:4)
How to love is the central problem of our lives as Christians. It is a sorely neglected topic.» Continue Reading
Because it is neglected, people like Christopher West are able to say things that they claim are about love, but are simply indications of their own pathology. From his latest newsletter ...
February 25th, 2014With Eliot in The Waste Landby Joseph Pearce
The latest of the interviews that I've given to Kris McGregor on Great Works in Western Literature has just been uploaded. It's a discussion on Eliot's Twentieth Century Masterpiece, "The Waste Land":» Continue Reading
February 25th, 2014The End of Educationby Joseph Pearce
So just how poisonous and dangerous is the government's common core? I give my own view on the matter in my latest piece for the Imaginative Conservative:» Continue Reading
February 25th, 2014The Way of Beauty at Thomas More Collegeby Joseph Pearce
My colleague at Thomas More College, David Clayton, has written an excellent piece about the role of beauty in Catholic education. David is artist-in-residence at TMC, dovetailing with my own position as writer-in-residence. His work is featured in the forthcoming issue of StAR. Here's his article:» Continue Reading
February 24th, 2014The Lion’s Heartby Dena Hunt
I’m very happy to report that a new edition of my second novel will be forthcoming in June from Full Quiver Publishing. The Lion’s Heart is a love story … of a very different kind.» Continue Reading
February 23rd, 2014The Preacher’s Wifeby Kevin O'Brien
The book of Ecclesiastes can elicit many responses. Most moderns love the thing, but it has always struck me as being something that only a bored urbanite could produce. I had some friends before my conversion who were the sort of people the Preacher is in this book - sophisticated to the point of resigned complacency. I mean it takes a certain kind of effete intellectual to produce a work like this; only a certain kind of person could not only say that "all is vanity", but that even the simple things that give us joy, such as eating and drinking and sometimes even working is "vanity". There is nothing new under the sun? Well, who cares when we live in such a world with such a sun!» Continue Reading