Stormfields

Podcast with John Miller–THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

My great friend and ally, John J. Miller of NR fame, and I had a blast talking all things, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING.  30 minutes of us bloviating with enthusiasm, if not wisdom! https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-great-books/episode-28-the-fellowship-of-the-ring-by-j-r-r-tolkien/

Father Dwight, “Of Gods, Girls, and Glory” (TIC)

The story of the Blessed Virgin Mary accepting the Son of God is related to all the pagan myths of gods and girls. It is related to all the Cinderella stories of poor girls swept off their feet… Read More

Table of Contents, Dublin Review, under Dawson’s Editorship

While this is probably of use only to scholars, it’s worth posting the entire Table of Contents of the DUBLIN REVIEW while under Christopher Dawson’s editorial leadership, 1940-1945.  Many of the name are good ones: Bernanos, Hollis, Tolkien,… Read More

Christopher Dawson, “EDITORIAL NOTE,” 1940–Dublin Review

While not well titled (typically, Dawsonian), the “Editorial Note” served as a vital call to arms for the Catholic Literary Movement of the 20th century.  Much like Russell Kirk’s “Apology for a New Review,” Dawson’s few paragraphs beautifully… Read More

Returning to Catholicism. . . in Morocco, 1988 (TIC)

There I, a convinced atheist, stood alone in a sandy and windy world, devoid of water, trees, or anything that seemed to be alive. And I couldn’t help but wonder what madness had overcome me… 1,293 more words via… Read More

A Brilliant Death: My Grandmother, 2003

Probably few who passed my grandmother on the street would have thought of her as a “great woman.”  Yet, I would beg to differ.  Not that anyone is passing her now.  At least if they are, they’re more… Read More

Faith as Struggle and Mother Mary as Comfort

Three years later, this essay rings just as true.  Still struggling, still relying. . . Of those I admired most—that is, the Catholics who bore witness to all of the love and best of Christianity—they each held a… Read More