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Niggle’s Parish: Concerning Trees in Purgatory

By Hannah Matis Between 1938 and 1939, in the mounting tensions before the outbreak of war, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a cameo-like fable that he called,...

Cultivating Hope

By Daniel Martins The coronavirus lockdown has affected different people in many different ways. When I am tempted to feel sorry for myself, I am...

Donna Reed and the Road of Meekness: It’s a Wonderful Life

We see Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed diverge: one stumbles down the road of wrath, the other patiently follows the road of meekness.

Jean Arthur and the Virtue of Kindness

It is Jean Arthur's kindness, in the end, that saves Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Virtue and the Women of Old Hollywood

To introduce my daughter to the seven classic virtues, I will enlist the help of classic guides: Ingrid Bergman, Myrna Loy, Katherine Hepburn, and Jean Arthur, among others.

Walker Percy and the Search for Meaning

Humanity’s search for understanding, meaning, and purpose haunted Percy and is a major theme of his oeuvre.

What kind of sycophant do you want me to be?

Fraud, including sycophancy, is endless: it corrosively renders all interactions questionable.

Dante in love

By Kevin Dodge Helping those we teach to read the signs of transcendence all around them is, to me, one of the central tasks of Christian education. When we start to see our world differently — as a world of signs “declaring the glory of God” (Ps. 19:1) — this is when distinctly Christian formation begins to take hold.

Sarah Smith of Golders Green

In the abstract, “sanctity” is boring.

He has her eyes

A simple question. Does Jesus have Mary’s eyes? Does he have her smile? Does he have that same odd expression she makes when she can’t quite get the jelly jar open? Jesus, Son of God and son of Mary, likely did and does look like his mother. What does that, something so simple and so familiar and so quotidian, mean for us?


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