All posts by Joseph Pearce

Jeeves and Wooster in Middle-earth

My wife has been reading P.G. Wodehouse to our daughter (and watching the BBC series of Jeeves and Wooster) and I am currently reading The Lord of the Rings to her (my daughter, that is, not my wife). My wife imagined what might have happened if, instead of choosing Frodo to carry the ring, they had chosen Bertie Wooster!! She relayed this amusing thought to our friend, Rob Corzine, who works with Scott Hahn at the St. Paul Center in Steubenville, and he rose to the challenge of imagining the scene as Wodehouse might have written it:

“So, we just pop over to old Mount Doom and bung the bally thing into the fire, what? Dashed inconvenient what with all the orcs and such. But when a chap has faced as many lunches with his Aunt Agatha as I have, he is pretty hard to daunt. Lay out my grey elven-cloak, Jeeves.”

“I would not advise it, sir.”

“I know you’re usually right about this sort of thing, Jeeves. But I’m going to have to put my foot down on this one. I mean to say, when a fellow gets the old nod to be the Ringbearer (not A Ringbearer, mind you, but THE Ringbearer), he should jolly well have some say in the clothes department.”

“No, sir. You mistake my meaning. I was not speaking sartorially, sir, but rather suggesting that it might not be entirely prudent for a man of your particular gifts, sir, to undertake the commission at all.”

The Judas Scandal

For those wanting unadulterated Catholic doctrine and common sense in the face of the sickening crisis in the Church, this homily will feed the heart and soul. It is possibly the best homily I’ve ever heard. With more courageous priests, such as this one, we can go to war on the Judas culture within the hierarchy. Please take the time to listen to this latter day St. George as he does battle with the demonic Dragon which is devouring souls in the  cover-up darkness:

The Feminine Genius of Jane Austen

The Feminine Genius of Jane Austen

The new issue of the St. Austin Review is hot off the press! The theme of this issue is “The Feminine Genius of Jane Austen”. Highlights:

Mitchell Kalpakgian learns “Lessons from Jane Austen”, urging “Old World Manners in Today’s World”.

Marie Devlin McNair connects “reading and revelation” in Jane Austen’s novels.

Jeanette Amestoy Flood sits in judgment on the sense and sensitivity of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

Jessica Pipes finds “Austen’s Ordinary Heroine”, Emma Woodhouse, “faultless in spite of her faults”.

Veronica A. Arntz discovers “The Art of Practical Wisdom” in Persuasion’s Anne Elliot.

Isabel Azar charts the evolution of Austen’s Pride, a musical adaptation.

Eleanor Bourg Nicholson surveys the film adaptations of Austen’s work and is not often amused.

Susan Treacy examines the “innocent luxury” of “Music in the Life of Jane Austen”.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker considers “C. S. Lewis and Plain Jane”.

John Beaumont recounts “how two Austen admirers came to the Catholic Church”.

Donald DeMarco waxes controversial on the meaning of “feminine genius”.

Ken Clark’s full colour art feature focuses on Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Annunciation.

Fr. Benedict Kiely sees the Dogma as the Drama.

K. V. Turley considers Dirty Harry (from a safe distance), musing upon “the rage of the anti-hero”.

Kevin O’Brien finds the addictive internet to be “our drug of choice”.

Marie Dudzik joins Charles Coulombe on A Catholic Quest for the Holy Grail.

Louis Markos is enlightened by The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie (McIntosh).

Stephen Mirarchi ascends The Crooked Staircase with Dean Koontz.

Plus new poetry by Jake Frost, Philip C. Kolin and Denis Mockler.

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