Love & Femininity

The July/August issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printer.

Highlights of the new issue:

Kathleen Curran Sweeney reflects on Charles Peguy’s poem, Eve.

Cristina Pineda finds “a new paradigm for healthy relationships” in Northanger Abbey.

Jacob Terneus admires “the pious sex”.

Sarah Kaderbek finds “feminine love and the love of the feminine” in the Lady Éowyn.

Lisa Coutras studies “Tolkien’s Theology of the Feminine” and finds “Heroic Love and the Marian Valkyrie”.

Kevin O’Brien considers “Women: The Only Realists”.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker flirts with “Ladies of the Knight”.

Manuel Alfonseca dismisses “Gender Ideology as a Pseudoscience”.

Bradley J. Birzer goes “From Venus to the Virgin, From Victory to Hope”.

K. V. Turley ponders “Greta Garbo’s Telling Silence”.

Ken Clark contemplates François Boucher’s Rest on the Flight to Egypt.

Susan Treacy interviews classical composer Mark Nowakowsky.

Donald DeMarco muses on “That Touch of Nature that Makes the Whole World Kin”.

John Beaumont witnesses the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and Sacred Scripture on a convert’s path to Rome.

William Fahey writes “In Defense of a Paleo-Vacation”.

Fr. Benedict Kiely basks in “Gratitude and the Gospel Goodness of G. K. Chesterton”.

Stephen Tomlinson reviews Apostles of the Culture of Life by Donald DeMarco.

Lindsey Valancius reviews The Myth of an Anti-Science Church by Gerard M. Verschuuren.

Marie Dudzik reviews The Innocents and Other Stories by Gertrud von le Fort.

Plus new poetry by Molly Farinholt, Daniel Galef and Jane Greer.

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This Week in the Inner Sanctum

Here’s what is newly posted in the subscriber’s section of my personal website:
A podcast discussion focusing on my own conversion with Fr. Dwight Longenecker.
The “Poems of the Week” which I read and discuss this week are four sonnets by four very different nineteenth and twentieth century poets: Shelley, Hopkins, Roy Campbell and Charles Causley.
In the “Revisiting Old Favourites” podcast, concluding the series of some of Chesterton’s best essays, I read and discuss “Jane Austen and the General Election”.
The Ladydale Diary: Personal musings on day-to-day life with my family, seeking all that is good, true and beautiful in work, rest and play.
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This Week in the Inner Sanctum

Here is what’s newly posted this week in the Inner Sanctum:
In the Poem of the Week podcast I discuss and read three of my favourite sonnets by Shakespeare.
Continuing our reading of some of the best of Chesterton’s essays in the Revisitng Old Favourties podcast, we focus on GKC’s celebrated essay on “Cheese”.
In the “Home is Where the Hearth Is” podcast I conclude the series on “What Every Catholic Should Know About Literature” with a discussion of Twentieth Century Literature.
This week’s Ladydale Diary continues the day-to-day life with the Pearce family, including the ongoing battle with the marauding fox, as well as updates on my current writing, research and online work.
Please consider supporting me and my work by becoming a member of the Inner Sanctum. Visit for further details.

Two Englishmen Put the World to Rights

This week I was interviewed by Howard Rankin, an Englishman living in the States who is a convert to the Catholic faith. Having so much in common, it’s no surprise that we had a great conversation. Here’s the link to the interview in which we discuss my conversion, the recent riots and several of my books: