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The Meaning of Monuments - Roger Scruton

Monuments commemorate the nation, raise it above the land on which it is planted, and express an idea of public duty and public achievement in which everyone can share.   Read more...

The Meaning of Work: A Found poem - Dan Doyle

Courtesy of Wendell Berry’s essay, “The Pleasure of Eating”.  Read more...

The Medieval Pilgrimage Shrines - Michael Rose

The churches of the Romanesque era were the fruits of a thoroughly Catholic culture. Not only did they serve as places of worship and devotion, but also as centers of the community.  Read more...

The Missing Madonna - Calvin Tomkins

The story behind the Met’s most expensive acquisition.  Read more...

The Moral Imagination - Russell Kirk

The moral imagination is an enduring source of inspiration that elevates us to first principles as it guides us upwards towards virtue and wisdom and redemption.  Read more...

The moral power of music - Rev. Basil Nortz, O.R.C.

Some Greek thinkers and past civilizations in general have held that good music disposes man to virtue whereas bad music disposes man to vice.  Read more...

The Mortal Foe of My Children: Where Is It All leading? - Michael D. O'Brien

About forty years ago there began a culture-shift that steadily gathered momentum, a massive influx of children's literature that appeared good on the surface but was fundamentally disordered became the new majority.  Read more...

The Mystery of the Passion of Charles Peguy - Robert Royal

When a true genius is born, nothing in the family or its circumstances allows us to predict the new arrival.  Read more...

The Nativity Story - Frederica Mathewes-Green

The curiosity of the Christmas season has got to be The Nativity Story, a film which presents the story of the Virgin Mary, her betrothal to Joseph, and the birth of Jesus Christ with an utterly straight face. If you thought Hollywood was incapable of approaching Christians without a cattle prod, you’ll be shocked at how circumspect this movie is.  Read more...

The New Gnostic Gospel - Steve Kellmeyer

Hollywood’s dabbling in religion again, and this time, they ain’t ringing The Bells of Saint Mary’s. In the box office hit The Matrix, they’re preaching that old-time religion . . . and we do mean old. The sets and costumes have changed, but the plot, characters and themes are all the same, borrowed from the first century A.D. Gnosticism, that ancient heresy, has come back — to a theater near you!  Read more...

The New Illiteracy - Michael D. O'Brien

The new visual media is pleasurable, but it is a tyrant. While the reader's imagination can select what it wishes to focus on, in electronic visual media the mind is pummeled with powerful stimuli that bypass conscious and subconscious defenses.  Read more...

The No-Nonsense Network - Christopher Willcox

Rita Antoinette Rizzo could not have imagined her improbable future when, as a little girl with a Buster Brown haircut, she sat on the corner of Liberty and 11th Street in Canton, Ohio, conversing with prostitutes and gangsters.  Read more...

The Only Acceptable Bigotry - NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER

Thomas Doherty, a professor of Film Studies at Brandeis University, sees Hollywood's defense of the movie Dogma as another instance of the only acceptable bigotry in American-bigotry against Catholics.  Read more...

The other side of the wardrobe - Rev. Raymond de Souza

Narnia lies just on the other side of the mysterious wardrobe. The Christian imagination is that the mystical and the supernatural lie just on the other side of the ordinary, the mundane, and the natural.  Read more...

The Papacy's Private Papers - Francis X. Rocca

The cleverest thing about this imaginative exhibition in Rome's Capitoline Museums is how it plays on the darkest stereotypes of the Vatican and the Catholic Church in order to draw visitors in — and then points those visitors toward complexity and nuance that the stereotypes obscure.  Read more...

The profound mysteries of why we enjoy music - Paul Johnson

A number of readers have written to me about the essay I wrote on the failure to develop a satisfactory philosophy of music, asking where they could find further information.  Read more...

The Rape of the Masters - Roger Kimball

Colleges and universities used to teach art history to encourage connoisseurship and acquaint students with the riches of our artistic heritage.  Read more...

The Relentless Cult of Novelty - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

For several decades now, writes Nobel prize for literature winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, world literature, music, painting and sculpture have exhibited a stubborn tendency to grow not higher but to the side, not toward the highest achievements of craftsmanship and of the human spirit but toward their disintegration into a frantic and insidious "novelty."  Read more...

The Relevance and Challenge of C. S. Lewis - Mark Brumley

Interest in Lewis is on the upswing, again, especially with the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie and portents of many more in a series of Chronicles of Narnia feature films. What, then, to make of this highly influential, Belfast-born Christian thinker and writer, and his impact on modern Christianity?  Read more...

The Restoration of Christian Storytelling - Michael D. O'Brien

The imagination was originally created to be God's territory, a faculty of man's soul that would help him to comprehend the invisible realities. Though the modern imagination has reverted to the pre-pagan split in consciousness, haunted and malformed by false stories, the territory can be reclaimed.  Read more...

The Right Story - Charles Colson

Early in the new film Walk the Line, opening today, a twelve-year-old Johnny Cash is talking with his adored older brother Jack. Johnny asks how Jack is able to remember all the stories in the Bible. Jack, who wants to be a preacher, responds, “You can’t help people unless you can tell ’em the right stories.”  Read more...

The Sacred Made Real - Mary Eberstadt

To the surprise of no one who has seen it, "The Sacred Made Real" has been celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic since its first appearance in London in 2009.   Read more...

The significance of the order: ‘All hands on deck!’ - Paul Johnson

The importance of the hand is the real link between the workman, the artist and the intellectual.  Read more...

The Sixth Coming of Rocky - John J. Miller

Stallone returns to his religious roots.  Read more...

The Story of Babar and Kin - Meghan Cox Gurdon

The characters in classic children's books have such an emotional permanence that it's easy to forget that once upon a time, before you met them in the nursery, and longer still before you introduced them to your own children, they consisted only of an idea in someone's mind and perhaps a few doodles on a spare bit of paper.  Read more...


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