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Hidden Queen

Look into the poorest eyes And find the hidden queen The pool of gracious light reveals The depth of the Red Sea And she will lead us through the waves, The first upon dry ground Find the highly favored one, Work-chafed, oppression’s child, Whose people felt the stinging lash Yet heard the Word of God And she has heard His whisper rise On the harshness of the wind Humble as the lowly earth Noble as…

Where your treasure lies: A spiritual reflection on an election year

This election cycle, Catholic Americans are presented with the hair-raising choice between Hillary Clinton, a woman whose corrupt record and virulent support for the Catholic five non-negotiables (including restriction-free abortion up to the day of birth) is infamous, and Donald Trump, a man whose crude speech, narcissistic behavior, and generally unchristian and unstable attitude make many shudder to pull the lever in his favor. Being unable to read the future, it is difficult for many…

A Podcast on The Hobbit

An interview I did three years ago on my book Bilbo’s Journey has just been re-posted with a new link: http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/bilbos-journey-dr-joseph-pearce-2016r/

Solzhenitsyn: An Example of Courage in Dark Times

An article that I wrote originally for Human Life International has just been published by the Imaginative Conservative. It’s on the courage of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the example he offers to us in our darkened days: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/10/alexander-solzhenitsynthe-courage-to-be-a-christian-joseph-pearce.html

Tolkien versus Belloc on the Battle of Hastings

Today is the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Was the victory of the Normans over the Saxons a good thing? Tolkien and Lewis would beg to differ. Read on:   http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/10/belloc-versus-tolkien-two-views-anglo-saxon-england-joseph-pearce.html

Whatever Happened to the Dignity of the Human Person?

In my latest article for Intellectual Takeout, I lament the contempt with which both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton disregard the dignity of the human person and the ways in which they loathe their neighbours:   http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-and-death-human-dignity

Arguing but Never Quarreling

What’s the difference between an argument and a quarrel? Here’s my effort at tackling the question: http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2016/10/arguing-never-quarrelling-joseph-pearce.html

Jane Austen on Broadway?

A friend of mine, Isabel Azar, has written a blog post about a new musical based upon Pride and Prejudice. Those wishing to discover more should read what she has to say about it: http://frivolitiesandfancies.blogspot.com/2016/09/austens-pride-new-musical-of-pride-and.html?m=0

Aldo Leopold and Mark Trail

In one of his finer novels, Sackett (1961), Louis L’Amour has the narrator, William Tell Sackett, observe, “A mountain man tries to live with the country instead of against it.”  The context was Sackett having seen a grizzly bear “scooping honey out of a hollow tree.”  Sackett, Tell to family and friends, saw no threat from the bear and so moved on.  “That bear was minding his business,” Sackett explains, “so I minded mine.” That…