Regaining a Princely Spirit

As this blog has had occasion to remark, the 50th Psalm (Miserere) represents a spiritual drama, in which King David struggles with all his might to find his Lord, only to realize that it is the Lord who seeks him. Steeped in sin as we are, our nature still cries out for our Creator. DueContinue reading “Regaining a Princely Spirit”

Look Upon Us

Give to everyone that asks thee. Luke 6:30 Silver and gold I have none; but what I have, I give thee. Acts 3:6 As St. Peter’s example shows, Christ’s command to give to everyone who asks something of us does not mean we must give everyone what they ask of us. Whether we measure ourContinue reading “Look Upon Us”

Lifting Up Our Souls

On the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it, thou nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy beast, nor the stranger that is within thy gates. Exodus 20:10 In his masterwork, Leisure, the Basis of Culture, Josef PieperContinue reading “Lifting Up Our Souls”

Pancake People vs. Cathedral Souls

In this fine essay (pages 21-34), Margaret Hughes considers what makes a cathedral like Notre Dame simultaneously “delightful” and “terrible.” The answer helps to explain why contemporary man finds it hard to appreciate, much less replicate, this kind of awful beauty. Modern philosophy abandons the classical notion of the soul, by which our inner livesContinue reading “Pancake People vs. Cathedral Souls”