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What’s New in the Inner Sanctum

Please consider supporting me and my work by becoming a subscriber to the Inner Sanctum of my personal website: jpearce.co.New this week and exclusive to Inner Sanctum members:My discussion and reading of Wordsworth’s anti-secularist poem, “Ode to Duty”.The latest instalment of our pilgrimage to Rome with Hilaire Belloc.My discussion of Homer’s theology. To what extent can Homer’s Zeus be reconciled with the Christian God?In the latest entry in the Ladydale Diary, charting the day-to-day life and…
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Faith and Fairy Stories

What have faith and fairy stories to do with the real world? Are the truths to be found in fairy stories more real and practical than the sneer of the cynic or the promises of the politician? These questions are addressed in this essay of mine, just published by the National Catholic Register, in which I employ the wisdom of Chesterton and Tolkien to shed light on the subject:
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A Lovely Afternoon

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These past six months I have lived in isolation. No Mass, no shopping, no volunteer work, no social life. I am old, I have a serious respiratory illness for which I take a daily medication that suppresses the immune system. According to medical advice, I shouldn’t go anywhere public unless really necessary. A neighbor shops for me, my beloved Sophie (a Yorkie) keeps me company, and I look forward to the weekly workday of my…
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Solzhenitsyn & Western Civilization

I have contributed a chapter to an excellent new book exploring Solzhenitsyn’s place in the canon of the West. I encourage all lovers of Western Civilization to obtain a copy as soon as it’s available. Here are the details:https://jpearce.co/solzhenitsyn-and-american-culture/
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Secret Ballot

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The news is horrifying. I would never have thought the United States could be in such disarray, such violent disarray. I lived through the sixties, but it wasn’t like this. Protests were actually protests and not riots, no real violence, no arson, no killing. And most important, no willful disobedience on the part of elected city and state officials of their own laws. But the sixties protested the VietNam War, not the country itself. This…
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The World’s First Ever Radio Shakespeare Festival

I am honoured to be the host of the first-ever Radio Shakespeare Festival this Labor Day weekend. I hope you can join me for an audio feast of twelve of Shakespeare’s plays, each of which I introduce with some observations about their deeper meaning. Here are the details:https://jpearce.co/the-worlds-first-radio-shakespeare-festival/
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Discussing Roy Campbell with Deal Hudson

In the latest of a series of interviews with Deal Hudson on Ave Maria Radio, Joseph Pearce discusses the great and sadly-neglected convert poet, Roy Campbell, including his close encounter with death during the Spanish Civil War and his rescuing of the archives of St. John of the Cross from the hands of the communists. https://jpearce.co/discussing-roy-campbell-with-deal-hudson/