Recent writings from the Ink Desk
December 3rd, 2013GKC and Lionel Johnsonby Robert AschJoseph’s quotation of “The Rolling English Road” in a letter which also touched on Lionel Johnson brought to my attention a remarkable constellation of Chestertonian references (whether discreet, unconscious, or coincidental who can say?) to Lionel Johnson’s death.» Continue Reading
December 3rd, 2013Saintliness in Shakespeare - and in Lifeby Kevin O'Brien
Anthony Pasquale has passed along a selection culled from a book by the late Fr. Robert D. Smith on the Catholic elements in Shakespeare. I've published the article in full on The Christian Shakespeare website.» Continue Reading
Here is a very interesting portion of it on how sanctity works, both in Shakespeare's plays, and in life (note as well that the next issue of the St. Austin Review will be all about the Catholic Shakespeare).
December 2nd, 2013The Advent of Magicby Dena Hunt
I was out shopping on Saturday. I didn’t do much shopping, actually, since I don’t buy gifts except for charity, but I enjoy that shopping excitement unique to Christmas shoppers. Stores were crowded still. (I wouldn’t dare venture forth on “Black Friday.”) The Christmas spirit is as alive as capitalism could hope for, seduction everywhere, and it’s all quite okay because, well, it’s Christmastime.
Few of the shoppers now think much about the “meaning” of Christmas, though where I live in the Deep South, there are probably more who think about it than there are in other places. “Jesus is the reason for the season” can still be seen on bumpers, on coat pins, and such. Pretty soon, all the Protestant churches (there’s only one Catholic church here) will be scheduling and advertising their Nativity plays. We don’t have to worry so much here about protests against religion in public life, especially at Christmas. Even militant atheists, it seems, soften up a bit at Christmas.» Continue Reading
March 2nd, 2010Hot Off the Pressby Joseph Pearce
Long awaited sequel examines Shakespeare's plays in light of his Catholic faith
2/24/2010 - 12:59 PM PST
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (February 24, 2010) - A new book just released from Ignatius Press, "Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays", gives further evidence of what many people have long suspected: that the famous William Shakespeare was indeed a Catholic. Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, "The Quest for Shakespeare", bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeare's immortal plays - "The Merchant of Venice", "Hamlet" and "King Lear" - in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs.» Continue Reading