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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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Near Death, Nearer to God

Near Death, Nearer to God

My latest article for the Imaginative Conservative recounts my close encounter with death, following a close encounter with a wasps’ nest that led to my body’s going into anaphylactic shock. It’s an effort to describe the mysterious experience that I had on the verge of death.

http://www.theimaginativeconservative.org/2015/08/near-death-nearer-to-god-mysticism.html

The Evangelizing Power of Beauty

The Evangelizing Power of Beauty

This weekend, along with several hundred other people, I shall be travelling to San Antonio, Texas, which is the venue for this year’s annual Chesterton Society conference. I’m speaking on Saturday morning on the topic of Chesterton and Oscar Wilde.

On September 1st, I travel to the Archdiocese of Denver to give a talk, at the invitation of the Archbishop, on the evangelizing power of beauty. In the build-up to this event I was interviewed by the Archdiocesan newspaper. Here’s the link:

http://denvercatholic.org/beauty-a-universal-path-to-christ-speaker-says/#.VcEAHMvJAcB

image: Moldoviţa Monastery by Nikolai ivanov / Wikimedia Commons

Jef Murray: Rest in Peace

Last night I received the devastating news of the death yesterday, from a heart attack, of Jef Murray, my good friend and StAR‘s long-serving artist-in-residence. Jef and his novelist wife Lorraine were very good friends, with whom we have spent many Easters and Thanksgivings and whom our children know as Mr. Jef and Miss Lorraine.

Jef will be known to all readers of StAR as the artist-in-residence who designed the theme-logo for each issue and whose own art often illustrated our pages. He is best known as an artist whose Muse was inspired by the worlds of Narnia and Middle-earth but he was also a very gifted writer, whose short stories exhibited the vividness of a mind alive to the wonders of Creation. He was also a gifted singer, whose elvish incantations enriched the Tolkien specials for EWTN on which he and I collaborated.

Please remember Jef in your prayers, though I can’t help but believe that he has less need of ours as we do of his.

Until we are all reunited in our true Home on the other side of this veil of tears, we will remain in spiritual communion with you, dear friend.