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Tuesdays with the Troubadours

Please join me and my fellow Troubadours for a series of five free online summits commencing this coming Tuesday. For more details and to register, go to:  https://www.chesterton.org/troubadours/

Live Online Conference This Saturday

Please join me this Saturday at Crusade.Live, an online conference featuring many great speakers. My own talk, which will be at 6pm EST, is titled “Ethics in Commerce: The catholic Moral Theology of Economics, Private Property Rights, & Subsidiarity”. For further details go to crusade.live.

Revisiting The Return of the King

Concluding my trilogy of essays recounting my impressions upon re-watching Peter Jackson’s three Lord of the Rings movies:https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2020/3/27/revisiting-the-return-of-the-king

Courage in Times of Crisis

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…

What’s New in the Inner Sanctum

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…

Revisiting The Two Towers

My view of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s magnum opus has mellowed over the years. Here’s why:https://www.faithandculture.com/home/2020/3/20/revisiting-the-two-towers

New Perspectives

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We used to have a priest in our parish who habitually responded to any parishioner’s troubles or joys with the question: “Where is God in all this?” The effect of the question was an immediately altered perspective. It vaporized subjectivity, and from that changed vantage point, it called for an answer to the question itself. Some examples of his response: Father, Joe has proposed – Where is God in this? I lost the election to…

Candles of Light and Life

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:https://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/candles-of-light-and-life