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Belloc and His World

Belloc and His World

November/December 2015: Belloc and His World

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“On Pilgrimage and Sacramentality: Hilaire Belloc’s The Four Men” by Tod Worner.

Recently, upon reading Hilaire Belloc’s classic The Four Men, I came to a new appreciation: the virtue of “re-reading”. The first read, I have learned, always tells you what happened, but each subsequent read tells you what it means. There is no better work to re-read than a book about a pilgrimage. Especially one described by Hilaire Belloc. We care where the pilgrimage takes us. But we care even more what the pilgrimage means.

Belloc opens his extraordinary journey having found himself in a state—a funk—in which we all may find ourselves sooner or later. It is the bittersweet position of taking stock in our life when, in a moment of naked honesty and true poignancy, we find we have strayed from our intended path. Belloc’s moment came on the twenty-ninth of October, 1902 to be exact. He was in an English inn known as the “George” at Robertsbridge. Nursing port and staring at the fire, the intense, brooding Belloc arrived at a harsh conclusion: You are missing what matters.

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Hilaire Belloc and His World

The new issue of the St. Austin Review is winging its way to the printers. The theme of the November/December issue is “Belloc and His World”. Highlights include:

James V. Schall “On Appreciating Belloc”.

Joshua Keatley is “Gaily Singing in the Dark” as he contemplates “Belloc on Desire and Mortality”.

Donna Ellington enjoys “Autumn Fields, English Inns and Divine Thirst in Belloc’s ‘At the Sign of the Lion’”.

Hugh O’Donnell admires “Hilaire Belloc and the Virtue of Catholic Thought”.

Tod Worner “On Pilgrimage and Sacramentality in Hilaire Belloc’s The Four Men”.

Joseph Pearce plods “In the Footsteps of the English Martyrs” as he reports on this year’s pilgrimage to Catholic England.

Joseph Pearce pays tribute to the late Jef Murray in the full colour art feature.

William Fahey is “Remembering the Reality of Runnymede: Hilaire Belloc, the Magna Carta and the Problem of Parliament”.

“Are We Not Men?” asks Steve Terenzio as he surveys “The Old New World of H. G. Wells”.

Kevin O’Brien finds “Solid Satisfaction” in Hilaire Belloc.

Fr. Benedict Kiely joins Belloc for “An English Village Christmas”.

Donald DeMarco rejoices as “The Messiah Comes to Macy’s”.

Susan Treacy compares “Two Musical Settings of Belloc’s Poem, ‘Ha’nacker Mill’”.

James Bemis praises Andrei Rublev.

Kieran Driver reviews Chesterton and the Jews (Farmer).

Nathan Allen reviews The Essential Belloc (McCloskey, Bloch and Robertson, eds.).

Thomas Martin reviews Remembering Belloc (Schall).

Frank Pate reviews The Dark Night of the Body: Why Reverence Comes First in Intimate Relations (von Hildebrand).

Robert Merchant reviews Jogging with Chesterton (Moore-Jumonville).

New Poetry by Philip Kolin, Pavel Chichikov, Debra Stellato and Sean Kinsella.

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