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What’s New in This Week’s Inner Sanctum

Please consider supporting my work by subscribing to the Inner Sanctum. Every week, at least three new podcasts are posted, as well as the weekly “Ladydale Diary” and other features. Here is the new content posted this past week:Home is Where the Hearth Is: Continuing the podcast series on What Every Catholic Should Know About Literature, we look at the poetic vision of Gerard Manley Hopkins.Revisiting Old Favourites: Continuing the selection of some of Chesterton’s finest essays, you…

Arguing with Chesterton about The Man Who was Thursday

Dare we question Chesterton’s own judgment with respect to the greatest of his novels? Can Chesterton be wrong? Well, it depends on which Chesterton we’re talking about? Here I argue that Chesterton is arguing against himself in arguing against his novel. Which Chesterton should we believe? All is revealed in this essay published in celebration of Chesterton’s 146th birthday:https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/05/questioning-chesterton-judgment-man-who-was-thursday-joseph-pearce.html

Tolkien and Lewis in a World on Fire

Tolkien and Lewis fought in the First World War and lived through the horrors of the Second. Here’s how their experience of a world on fire led them to the word on fire:https://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/world-on-fire-how-tolkien-and-lewis-responded-to-war-and-its-horrors

Toxic Patriotism

Can patriotism be poisoned? If so, what poisons it and what are the consequences of its intoxication? These questions are considered in my latest essay for the Imaginative Conservative:https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/05/toxic-patriotism-joseph-pearce.html

Reflections on Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies

The Imaginative Conservative has published a wonderful “symphony” of reflections on each of Beethoven’s symphonies, as part of its ongoing celebration of the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. My contribution was to reflect on the Sixth Symphony. Here’s the full article, with contributions by nine different writers: https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/05/the-mighty-nine-reflections-beethoven-250-symphonies.html

What’s New in the Inner Sanctum This Week

Here’s the new and exclusive content added to the Inner Sanctum of my personal website in the past week:Home is Where the Hearth Is: Continuing the series on What Every Catholic Should Know About Literature, I discuss the Romantic Poets.Revisiting Old Favourites: Continuing the selection of some of Chesterton’s finest essays, listen to the discussion and reading of “What I Found in My Pocket”.Poem of the Week: Continuing our mini-series of war poems, I read…

What is Wrong

A recent editorial that I wrote for the St. Austin Review has just been republished by the National Catholic Register:https://www.ncregister.com/blog/josephpearce/what-is-wrong

Next Time, There Will Be No Excuses

What needs to happen the next time the globalist experiment infects its human guinea pigs with another pestilence? Here is “an open letter to the Catholic bishops” addressing this very question:https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/next-time-there-will-be-no-excuses


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I have a neighbor and friend who brings me groceries during this pandemic. Today she squeezed in a grocery run between other errands, and we had a conversation when I picked up the groceries. She had to pick up grandchildren earlier, and I mentioned that she’s always having birthday parties, or celebrations of various occasions; she’s always doing something for her children and grandchildren. “You are very blessed, you know,” I said. She smiled. “Yes,…

Join Me for an Online Book Club on Brideshead Revisited

Due to the popularity of the “Thursdays with Thursday” book club on The Man Who was Thursday, which begins next week, we’ve decided to offer another five-week book club, which we’re calling “Revisiting Brideshead” in which I’ll be leading a discussion of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel, Brideshead Revisited.  This will meet at 8pm on each Thursday from July 16 until August 13. This will also be limited to only 50 participants so please do consider signing up…

Confronting the Heart of Darkness

My review of Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s new book has just been published by the Imaginative Conservative:https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/05/immortal-combat-dwight-longenecker-joseph-pearce.html