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Turning Ourselves into Gifts

“The modern world insidiously brings back forms of self-enslavement from which Western society had largely escaped during the Christian centuries.” – René Girard         “Our gratitude for the gift of ourselves must tend toward fashioning our whole … Continue reading

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The terrorism of modern thought…

“A great many modern theologians succumb to the terrorism of modern thought and condemn without a hearing something they are not capable of experiencing even as ‘poetry’ any more – the final trace in the world of a spiritual intuition … Continue reading

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Had Enough…?

“It is one and the same movement which makes people no longer believe in the Republic and no longer believe in God, no longer want to lead a republican life, and no longer want to lead a Christian life, they … Continue reading

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A Look Back At – Tradition

          The word “tradition” and the word “treason” come from the same root. The very name “modernity” self-consciously used to describe the period of the last several centuries in Western cultural history clearly exemplifies the spirit … Continue reading

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Destiny…Man’s and God’s Kingdom

Where others saw only superficial politics, Bernanos saw man’s eternal destiny and, indeed, the destiny of God’s Kingdom at stake. Just as an individual sins, plunges into the abyss, undergoes conversion, and confesses his wrongdoing, so too a country in … Continue reading

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Naive optimism

Naive optimism has been the persistent flaw in the very idea of “modernity” and in the Liberalism that served as modernity’s ideology. The great 20th century historian Jacques Barzun has a reminder for us that is especially apposite at this … Continue reading

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