Posted: 2020-11-23 10:01:34
At a certain stage and for no apparent reason, self-criticism among those of us in the West gave way to repudiation. Instead of subjecting our inheritance to a critical evaluation, seeking w...
Posted: 2020-11-23 10:00:43
While 2021 will doubtless be an improvement over 2020, some grounding in the fundamental nature of the political order will prove useful. We can dispense with the contemporary political stud...
C.S. Lewis, Langston Hughes, & the Haunti...

C.S. Lewis, Langston Hughes, & the Haunting of America


All nations need reminders that even their best ideals, though worth defending, do not earn them chosen nation status. Reading C.S. Lewis’ “That Hideous Strength” and Langston Hughes...
Posted: 2020-11-22 10:00:35
C.S. Lewis, Langston Hughes, & the Haunting of America
All nations need reminders that even their best ideals, though worth defending, do not earn them chosen nation status. Reading C.S. Lewis’ “That Hideous Strength” and Langston Hughes...
Globalitarianism: Goliath vs. the People...

Globalitarianism: Goliath vs. the People


The unequal clash between Big Power and the little man sounds daunting, but empires come and go. Goliaths are slain. Or more often they kill themselves through their own inherent unsustainab...
Posted: 2020-11-22 09:59:45
Globalitarianism: Goliath vs. the People
The unequal clash between Big Power and the little man sounds daunting, but empires come and go. Goliaths are slain. Or more often they kill themselves through their own inherent unsustainab...
“Cain”...

“Cain”


The dead fire on the altar seems to live, The smoke seems yet to sting my downcast eyes That look upon the hands none can forgive Long as the blood they shed against me cries. I offered up t...
Posted: 2020-11-22 08:00:25
“Cain”
The dead fire on the altar seems to live, The smoke seems yet to sting my downcast eyes That look upon the hands none can forgive Long as the blood they shed against me cries. I offered up t...

Posted: 2020-11-22 02:00:25
St. Cecilia Mass is the common name of a solemn mass in G major by Charles Gounod, composed in 1855 and scored for three soloists, mixed choir, orchestra and organ. The official name is Mess...
Posted: 2020-11-21 10:00:54
In our zeal to articulate how Christianity has shaped civilization, we are apt to neglect the specific role of prayer. The good, the true, and the beautiful fostered by our civilization have...
The Southern (Catholic) Tradition...

The Southern (Catholic) Tradition


Part of the South’s charm is an ability to recognize the good, true, and beautiful in traditions other than its principally Protestant identity and heritage. And Kevin Starr’s excellent ...
Posted: 2020-11-21 10:00:52
The Southern (Catholic) Tradition
Part of the South’s charm is an ability to recognize the good, true, and beautiful in traditions other than its principally Protestant identity and heritage. And Kevin Starr’s excellent ...
“Nothing Gold Can Stay”...

“Nothing Gold Can Stay”


Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothin...
Posted: 2020-11-21 05:30:11
“Nothing Gold Can Stay”
Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothin...
Signing of the Mayflower Compact...

Signing of the Mayflower Compact


In the name of God, amen. We whose names are under written… [h]aving undertaken for the Glory of God, and advancement of the christian [sic] faith, and the honour of our King and country, ...
Posted: 2020-11-20 09:00:53
Signing of the Mayflower Compact
In the name of God, amen. We whose names are under written… [h]aving undertaken for the Glory of God, and advancement of the christian [sic] faith, and the honour of our King and country, ...

Posted: 2020-11-20 08:00:37
Fidelio, originally titled Leonore, oder Der Triumph der ehelichen Liebe (Leonore, or The Triumph of Marital Love), Op. 72, is Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera. The German libretto was orig...
Posted: 2020-11-19 10:01:59
Big Tech want to impose upon us all a kind of insane and inhumane conformity. Yet, the critical point is that they do not impose themselves upon us as much as we let them impose themselves u...
The Legend of the Fog...

The Legend of the Fog


Part of the modernist mythos has been the idea that historical clarity increases exponentially the closer one gets to one’s own time. The myth tells us that the origins of mankind, the dev...
Posted: 2020-11-19 10:00:24
The Legend of the Fog
Part of the modernist mythos has been the idea that historical clarity increases exponentially the closer one gets to one’s own time. The myth tells us that the origins of mankind, the dev...
Come, Let Us Reason Together...

Come, Let Us Reason Together


If we followed the crowd, we would tell you, our readers: "This is our most crucial year, a turning point in our journal's history. Without your immediate support..." But we at The Imaginati...
Posted: 2020-11-19 05:00:40
Come, Let Us Reason Together
If we followed the crowd, we would tell you, our readers: "This is our most crucial year, a turning point in our journal's history. Without your immediate support..." But we at The Imaginati...
The Heart of Music...

The Heart of Music


Young people need to come into the presence of music. Without live orchestras and available concerts the real heart of music will cease to beat, and young people will be deprived of one of t...
Posted: 2020-11-18 10:00:23
The Heart of Music
Young people need to come into the presence of music. Without live orchestras and available concerts the real heart of music will cease to beat, and young people will be deprived of one of t...

Posted: 2020-11-18 10:00:08
The 2019 film “Fighting With My Family,” though not life-changing, is a nice change of pace from the movies where doing one’s own thing is depicted as the heroic, authentic thing. It i...
Posted: 2020-11-18 06:19:02
Gen. Anthony McAuliffe and Col. Harry Kinnard December 1944. As Christmas approaches, the beleaguered German army suddenly tries to punch its way out of the circle of Allied Forces surround...
America Needs Nationalism...

America Needs Nationalism


A shared sense of national identity is key to the survival of America. Instead of fighting over the value of the nation and acting in ways that divide us, we should be funneling its construc...
Posted: 2020-11-17 10:01:29
America Needs Nationalism
A shared sense of national identity is key to the survival of America. Instead of fighting over the value of the nation and acting in ways that divide us, we should be funneling its construc...
Thousands Upon Thousands of Words Later: A Pe...

Thousands Upon Thousands of Words Later: A Personal Reflection on Writing


There are certain tools that can help in the writing process. Think of a keyboard, for example, as the equivalent of a rock musician’s guitar. Just as a musician would only want to perform...
Posted: 2020-11-17 10:00:45
Thousands Upon Thousands of Words Later: A Personal Reflection on Writing
There are certain tools that can help in the writing process. Think of a keyboard, for example, as the equivalent of a rock musician’s guitar. Just as a musician would only want to perform...
Civil Disobedience, Homestyle...

Civil Disobedience, Homestyle


The ideals upon which America was founded are now forgotten by many. Yet these same ideals are buried in these songs of patriotism and faith. By singing these songs, we instill the truths co...
Posted: 2020-11-16 10:00:13
Civil Disobedience, Homestyle
The ideals upon which America was founded are now forgotten by many. Yet these same ideals are buried in these songs of patriotism and faith. By singing these songs, we instill the truths co...

Posted: 2020-11-16 09:59:55
In his tragedy “Othello,” Shakespeare censures the age in which King James I renewed the persecution of Catholics in England, with a tale of darkness, told with the doom-laden and crushi...
Posted: 2020-11-15 10:00:47
The dangers associated with the imperial presidency are compounded by an awareness that, while new and more expansive theories of executive authority are seriously advanced, the office is no...
Burke on the French Revolution and Britain’...

Burke on the French Revolution and Britain’s Role


Once the British had returned to first principles and right reason, Edmund Burke argued, they would also be reminded of the practical things, such as good government, the cultivation of the ...
Posted: 2020-11-15 10:00:42
Burke on the French Revolution and Britain’s Role
Once the British had returned to first principles and right reason, Edmund Burke argued, they would also be reminded of the practical things, such as good government, the cultivation of the ...
“Modern Dreams: Fresh Picked Roses”...

“Modern Dreams: Fresh Picked Roses”


A rose is lying in the summer mud— The dew still fresh from when it fell last night. A phoenix sinks into a sea of sands— See how the midnight’s sky outshines the day? It’s true—a ...
Posted: 2020-11-15 08:00:45
“Modern Dreams: Fresh Picked Roses”
A rose is lying in the summer mud— The dew still fresh from when it fell last night. A phoenix sinks into a sea of sands— See how the midnight’s sky outshines the day? It’s true—a ...
The St. John Paul II Guild & the Future o...

The St. John Paul II Guild & the Future of Education


American history is a subject that has suffered from bad teaching, and public education in general is profoundly deforming in so many ways these days. This is why John Niemann, a veteran tea...
Posted: 2020-11-14 10:00:22
The St. John Paul II Guild & the Future of Education
American history is a subject that has suffered from bad teaching, and public education in general is profoundly deforming in so many ways these days. This is why John Niemann, a veteran tea...

Posted: 2020-11-14 10:00:09
Although Gustave Flaubert professed to be a mystic who believed in nothing, in “A Simple Heart,” he gives us an unironic portrait of guileless faith that melds the hagiographer’s preoc...
Posted: 2020-11-14 08:00:05
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow ey...
Who Owns the Future?...

Who Owns the Future?


 If Democrats can kill the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court, if they can add four new senators from Puerto Rico and D.C., and if they can pack the electorate by turning millions of mig...
Posted: 2020-11-13 10:08:21
Who Owns the Future?
 If Democrats can kill the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court, if they can add four new senators from Puerto Rico and D.C., and if they can pack the electorate by turning millions of mig...
“Raphael Revealed”: His Life and Influenc...

“Raphael Revealed”: His Life and Influence


“Raphael Revealed” offers abundant opportunities to view an array of Raphael’s masterpieces up close in the context of the Rome of the early 16th century. One of the richest achievemen...
Posted: 2020-11-13 10:00:19
“Raphael Revealed”: His Life and Influence
“Raphael Revealed” offers abundant opportunities to view an array of Raphael’s masterpieces up close in the context of the Rome of the early 16th century. One of the richest achievemen...
“The Premature Burial”...

“The Premature Burial”


And now, amid all my infinite miseries, came sweetly the cherub Hope—for I thought of my precautions. I writhed, and made spasmodic exertions to force open the lid: it would not move. I fe...
Posted: 2020-11-13 02:38:01
“The Premature Burial”
And now, amid all my infinite miseries, came sweetly the cherub Hope—for I thought of my precautions. I writhed, and made spasmodic exertions to force open the lid: it would not move. I fe...

Posted: 2020-11-12 10:00:20
Ad hoc arrangements like “pandemic pods” have proven to be important for many children and their families this school year. Policies that push back against bullying public school systems...
Posted: 2020-11-12 10:00:18
Some people listen to music; others merely hear it. The assumption on which our musical culture has been built is that people will listen to musical sounds, and listen to them for their own ...
Behind the Lines: Robert Frost’s “Fire an...

Behind the Lines: Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice”


For all the poem’s structural simplicity, Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice” perfectly encapsulates the poetic concept of complex metaphor. The metaphor, in which the universe mirrors the...
Posted: 2020-11-11 10:00:46
Behind the Lines: Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice”
For all the poem’s structural simplicity, Robert Frost’s “Fire and Ice” perfectly encapsulates the poetic concept of complex metaphor. The metaphor, in which the universe mirrors the...
Burke on the Inhumanity of the French Revolut...

Burke on the Inhumanity of the French Revolution


Whatever its own stated purposes and desired ends, the French Revolution never sought to better the condition of humanity or even of France. The Revolutionaries, as Edmund Burke stressed, we...
Posted: 2020-11-11 10:00:08
Burke on the Inhumanity of the French Revolution
Whatever its own stated purposes and desired ends, the French Revolution never sought to better the condition of humanity or even of France. The Revolutionaries, as Edmund Burke stressed, we...
The Virtuous Soldier...

The Virtuous Soldier


The virtuous soldier is prudent in military matters, possessing a love for the homeland. The one who serves virtuously does so with perseverance and honesty. A soldier who takes virtue to he...
Posted: 2020-11-11 04:00:36
The Virtuous Soldier
The virtuous soldier is prudent in military matters, possessing a love for the homeland. The one who serves virtuously does so with perseverance and honesty. A soldier who takes virtue to he...

Posted: 2020-11-10 09:15:30
For most of our veterans, it should go without saying that military discipline and experience give them a moral authority. It is a recognition—once universal—that is too often forgotten ...
Posted: 2020-11-10 09:00:32
In his short, neglected masterpiece, "Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage," Beethoven—who himself never traveled by sea nor left continental Europe—created a tone poem that reflects the Roman...
Pantheism and Politics...

Pantheism and Politics


Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s insertion of pantheism into politics makes the state into the church and creates a coercive political religion in the service of messianic purposes—as seen during...
Posted: 2020-11-09 10:00:54
Pantheism and Politics
Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s insertion of pantheism into politics makes the state into the church and creates a coercive political religion in the service of messianic purposes—as seen during...
Living With C.S. Lewis & His Immense Pers...

Living With C.S. Lewis & His Immense Personality


C.S. Lewis possessed an immense personality, the kind of personality that affected not only those around him, but also all those who came after him. Full of charisma and brilliance, he both ...
Posted: 2020-11-09 10:00:09
Living With C.S. Lewis & His Immense Personality
C.S. Lewis possessed an immense personality, the kind of personality that affected not only those around him, but also all those who came after him. Full of charisma and brilliance, he both ...
Timelessness and “Times Square”...

Timelessness and “Times Square”


“Times Square and Other Stories” by William Baer, a man and writer who is truly alive in the presence of the past, is storytelling at its best, both compelling and contemplative. Those w...
Posted: 2020-11-08 10:00:56
Timelessness and “Times Square”
“Times Square and Other Stories” by William Baer, a man and writer who is truly alive in the presence of the past, is storytelling at its best, both compelling and contemplative. Those w...

Posted: 2020-11-08 10:00:28
Advocates of patriotic education would do well to embrace the nationalist elements of such an approach to learning. Doing so is fraught with challenges given the negative connotations of the...
Posted: 2020-11-08 08:00:49
You knelt inside your hermit’s cell to pray, Reciting psalms and worshipping your God. Your narrow little cell was all you had, And so one hand was stretched out into the day. And while yo...
On Being a Southern Fried Catholic...

On Being a Southern Fried Catholic


My experience of Southern Catholics is that they are like fried chicken: They may be spicy and crunchy on the outside—living from hand to mouth, building new churches and schools, and rais...
Posted: 2020-11-07 10:00:58
On Being a Southern Fried Catholic
My experience of Southern Catholics is that they are like fried chicken: They may be spicy and crunchy on the outside—living from hand to mouth, building new churches and schools, and rais...
Hebraic Exceptionalism and Western Exceptiona...

Hebraic Exceptionalism and Western Exceptionalism


The Hebrew Bible—in a sea of competitors—survived and bequeathed to the West many of our cherished principles and values. For this reason, the Bible is exceptional. To abandon the Hebrew...
Posted: 2020-11-07 10:00:16
Hebraic Exceptionalism and Western Exceptionalism
The Hebrew Bible—in a sea of competitors—survived and bequeathed to the West many of our cherished principles and values. For this reason, the Bible is exceptional. To abandon the Hebrew...
Foucault & “Las Meninas”: On Postmode...

Foucault & “Las Meninas”: On Postmodernism & Painting


Diego Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” has taken its rightful place as one of the most fascinating artworks to analyze in the whole of Western painting. Scholars describe “Las Meninas” a...
Posted: 2020-11-06 10:00:43
Foucault & “Las Meninas”: On Postmodernism & Painting
Diego Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” has taken its rightful place as one of the most fascinating artworks to analyze in the whole of Western painting. Scholars describe “Las Meninas” a...

Posted: 2020-11-06 10:00:30
For J.R.R. Tolkien, mythology touched the deepest part of our souls, and invites us to explore the beauty of creation and to discover and participate in the sacramental nature of life. The m...
Posted: 2020-11-06 01:29:31
Love is the theme of the Trump movement: Love for America, love for its history and heroes, love for the common American worker of every race and ethnicity. The other side, however, is drive...
An Intellectual Father to the End: Edward E. ...

An Intellectual Father to the End: Edward E. Ericson, Jr.


Professor Edward E. Ericson, Jr. was an intellectual father to me. He shared the belief of the Russians that great literature can change lives, and that true literature which does not forget...
Posted: 2020-11-05 10:00:22
An Intellectual Father to the End: Edward E. Ericson, Jr.
Professor Edward E. Ericson, Jr. was an intellectual father to me. He shared the belief of the Russians that great literature can change lives, and that true literature which does not forget...
The Assault on Opera...

The Assault on Opera


Hardly an opera producer now, confronted with a masterpiece that might otherwise delight and console an audience, can control the desire to desecrate. The more exalted the music, the more de...
Posted: 2020-11-05 10:00:19
The Assault on Opera
Hardly an opera producer now, confronted with a masterpiece that might otherwise delight and console an audience, can control the desire to desecrate. The more exalted the music, the more de...
The Costs of Truth-Telling: Rod Dreher’s ...

The Costs of Truth-Telling: Rod Dreher’s “Live Not By Lies”


Rod Dreher's "Live Not by Lies" is based on the testimonies of dissidents in Eastern Europe and Russia as to how they survived the hard totalitarianism of communism. Mr. Dreher attempts to a...
Posted: 2020-11-04 10:00:05
The Costs of Truth-Telling: Rod Dreher’s “Live Not By Lies”
Rod Dreher's "Live Not by Lies" is based on the testimonies of dissidents in Eastern Europe and Russia as to how they survived the hard totalitarianism of communism. Mr. Dreher attempts to a...