A Saintly Machiavel

Psychologically speaking, July of 2020 was several eons ago. This blog, born of my feeble attempts to make sense of a crumbling social order, had not yet been conceived. In the course of those feeble efforts, however, one memorable moment was my first encounter with the writings of Angelo Codevilla, whose The Covid Coup wasContinue reading “A Saintly Machiavel”

Saints Among Us

How many of those walking among us here and now will one day be revered as saints? I suspect we would all do well to reflect more deeply on this question, and its implications for our lives, personally and culturally. I mut confess to giving the matter much less thought than it deserves. Still, thereContinue reading “Saints Among Us”

Sanctity and Suffering

Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that we who celebrate the festival of blessed Catherine thy virgin, may both rejoice in her yearly solemnity, and profit by the example of so great virtue. Traditional Roman Missal How can we profit from the example of St. Catherine of Sienna’s virtue? Born in an age of corruptionContinue reading “Sanctity and Suffering”

The Secret of Sanctity

If you wish to think, write, and talk like apostles, prophets, and saints, abandon yourselves as they did to divine inspiration. Had the saints of the first days any other secret than that of becoming, moment by moment, what the divine action wished to make of them? And will that divine action fail to shedContinue reading “The Secret of Sanctity”

The Simplicity of Sanctity

For this is the will of God, your sanctification. 1 Thess. 4:3 “If the work of our sanctification presents us with difficulties,” observes J. P. de Caussade (1675-1751), it is because we lack “a correct idea of what it consists in.” “In reality, holiness may be reduced to one point only: fidelity to the OrderContinue reading “The Simplicity of Sanctity”