Is being the best always the best thing to be? Are some of the best things worth doing badly? I grapple with these questions in an essay just published by the National Catholic Register:
Surely not, at least not on its own, but I argue in this new article that it will be a necessary part of the restoration of culture:
How did the experience of war kindle in Tolkien and Lewis the flame of Divine light which set their imaginations on fire? Read on to find out:
Faith & Culture has published my call for action with regard to the duty of all of us to support the Catholic arts, and Catholic artists, writers and musicians.
Participants will be able to probe the meaning of the vocation of the Catholic writer, guided by the wisdom of the Catholic Tradition, especially through the inspiration of Cardinal Newman, St. John Paul II, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and other notables of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Attention will be given to providing useful information on proper theological and ecclesiastical terminology, as well as Church history and structures, thus enabling the writer to portray Catholic life with accuracy. There will be ample opportunities to engage with experienced authors and to meet fellow-travelers.
This event is co-sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program, and the English, History and Communications Departments of Seton Hall University; Holy Apostles College and Seminary; Catholic World Report; Ignatius Press; The Catholic Thing; and First Things. Retreat leaders include: Dr. Robert Royal, Fr. Nicholas Gregoris, Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Carl Olson, Fran Maier.
The cost for the retreat weekend is $250.
Participation is limited to 40; applications should be submitted by March 1, 2019. For further information or to register, contact Father Stravinskas at: [email protected].
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
June 7-9, 2019
Applications Deadline: March 1, 2019
For further information or to register, contact
Father Stravinskas at:
Regular visitors to Faith & Culture will know that I’ve been hosting a weekly podcast for several months. I’ve been in discussion with many great guests, week after week, but for the next six weeks we’ll be running a series of six monologues in which I chart the history of the Catholic Literary Revival from 1798 until 1973. In the first talk of the series I discuss how Romanticism and neo-medievalism laid the aesthetic foundations of the Catholic Revival:
What’s the difference between liberality and liberalism and why does one protect freedom and the other destroy it? And what have Rudyard Kipling and G. K. Chesterton to do with it? All is revealed in an article of mine published today:
In an article of mine just published by Faith & Culture I agree with Hilaire Belloc that outside the Church is the night and strange things in the night: