And now for something completely different, as Monty Python might say:
Concluding my trilogy of essays recounting my impressions upon re-watching Peter Jackson’s three Lord of the Rings movies:
I was deeply moved by this address by William Fahey, President of Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, which warrants the fifteen minutes of time that watching it entails. I am a Visiting Fellow at Thomas More College, at which I have taught, and I can say, with no hesitation, that it is the finest Catholic liberal arts school with which I have ever been associated. Find out more about Thomas More College and be edified at the same time:
The Inner Sanctum of my personal website has new content every week. Here is what’s new this week:
- The latest in a series of podcasts on “What Every Catholic Should Know About Literature”.
- The beginning of a new series of podcasts “Revisiting Old Favourites” in which I read favourite essays, both my own and those of my favourite writers. This week I read my essay on “Fascism and Chesterton”.
- My private correspondence with a Protestant about the history of the Reformation.
- Private correspondence with a Protestant about the justification of connecting the rise of Protestantism with the Enlightenment and the rise of relativism.
- The latest “Ladydale Diary” in which I write of my own life and work, at home with my family and on the road giving talks.
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With the world in crisis, I offer this timely warning about “overtly godless” solutions:
My view of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s magnum opus has mellowed over the years. Here’s why:
A few years ago I wrote a biography of Father Richard Ho Lung, Founder of the Missionaries of the Poor, entitled Candles in the Dark. An article I wrote on Fr. Ho Lung and the MOP has just been published by the National Catholic Register:
It seems that globalism is not merely pathological in a political and economic sense but in the physical sense also. Here are the lessons to be learned from the spread of the coronavirus:
A whimsical drinking session with Saint Patrick, Saint Jude, Saint Brigid, and Saint Francis de Sales:
Here are my wistful thoughts on Ireland on this Saint Patrick’s Day in the Year of the Plague: