All posts by Joseph Pearce

Wounded Beauty: Suffering & the Arts

The March/April issue of the St. Austin Review is perfectly attuned to the season of Lent, its theme being the relationship between human suffering and the arts.

Highlights of the new issue:

Stephen Shivone examines “Grace against Nature in the Christian Imagination”.

Matthew Chominksi meditates upon “Wisdom and Suffering”.

John Beaumont offers “A Note on the Problem of Evil”.

Matthew P. Akers sees the conflict between “The Burgeoning Imagination and the Burden of the Cross” in the life and work of Owen Barfield.

“Can Beauty Save the World?” Mary Ordos is “Searching for Dostoevsky’s Salvific Vision”.

Ronald Buttarazzi wonders at “Michelangelo’s Rejected Stone” in “A Prose Poetic Reflection upon the Wounds of Love”.

In our full colour art feature, Fr. Michael J. Burbeck interviews Cameron Smith about “The Quest for Beauty”.

Ken Clark admires Christ of St. John of the Cross by Salvador Dali.

Kevin O’Brien sees what happens when “The Bishop Goes to See Hamilton”.

Donald DeMarco is “Transcending Adversity”.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker has an inkling of “Digory’s Severe Mercy” in The Magician’s Nephew.

Susan Treacy surveys “The Passion of Christ in Music”,

James Bemis picks Wild Strawberries for his latest film review.

Mike Aquilina review James Joyce’s Catholic Categories by Fr. Colum Power.

Stephen Mirarchi reviews new poetry collections by David Craig and Kathleen Hart.

Jordan Almanzar reviews Beyond Radical Secularism: How France and the Christian West should respond to the Islamic Challenge by Pierre Manent.

Clara Sarrocco reviews Mary by Fr. Peter Milward.

Rachel Ronnow reviews Chiara Corbella Petrilo: A Witness to Joy by Simone Troisi and Cristiana Paccini.

Stephanie A. Mann reviews God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jesse Childs.

And last but indubitably not least, there is new poetry by Desmond Egan, Mike Aquilina, Philip C. Kolin and K. D. Bush.

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Hobbits, Classical Education and Down Syndrome

A few weeks ago I spoke at Immaculata Academy in Louisville, Kentucky, on an unusual topic, or at least an unusual combination of topics: “Hobbits, Classical Education and Down Syndrome”. The idea for such a title was not mine but was suggested to me by my hosts. As one who speaks regularly on hobbits and on classical education, I was comfortable with this aspect of the talk, and as the father of a son with Down Syndrome, I am impassioned about the third ingredient of the topic. Those wondering how I managed to meld these three apparently disparate topics into one hopefully seamless talk, might want to watch the video of the talk, which has just been uploaded at this link: