Can You Tell the Good News?

What is the Good News? Today is said to be the 500th Anniversary of the “Reformation,” based on the date Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses. In fact the Theses did not divide the Church—they only disputed the nature of repentance in understanding the everlasting command of Jesus, through His Church, to “repent and believe …

Oneself as Another: The Fire and Revolution Entailed by Christian Ethics

If we are simply comfortable, we are not Christian.   Sunday’s Mass readings hammer this home, with no mitigation.   Incorporation into Christ remakes one’s most intimate sense of oneself–restructures self-consciousness within a new way of feeling oneself a body in the world, a person in the world (even unto Rousseau’s sentiment of existence and …

Grace Perfects Nature, after Breaking It: On Richard Wilbur’s “The Writer”

Continuing to remember Richard Wilbur… I will be going over “The Writer” in a future session of the pro-life social doctrine program. Several months ago, waiting for one of her siblings at ballet, my little sparkle and I shared a special evening reading a few Wilbur poems at a cafe, especially this one. In my …

The Personal(ist) Revelation of Fatima

In Christ, God has said everything, that is, he has revealed himself completely. – Cardinal Ratzinger, The Message of Fatima Last week the Church celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, prompting me to dig into better understanding this great set of apparitions. I was aware that some Catholics see …

First Love is Final Love: On Wilbur’s “October Maples, Portland”

I’ve got my Richard Wilbur volume out again, because the death of the great is another opportunity to grow into their meteoric spaces. See and feel this brilliant (and seasonal!) gem of his: October Maples, Portland by Richard Wilbur The leaves, though little time they have to live, Were never so unfallen as today, And …

Towards a Manifesto for a Republic Congruent with Christian Solidarity

As I prepare to teach the first session of a pro-life social doctrine class tomorrow, certain thoughts are crystallizing, and they have enough countercultural punch, I think, to be posted fittingly on the hundredth anniversary of the final Fatima apparition. As I teach, these thoughts will be at play in my head. The course itself …