The example of the 21 Coptic Martyrs of Libya, poor, simple, faithful men, can strengthen us. Let their example give us fortitude to follow Him wherever He leads, and if it costs nothing less than everything, so be it.
Virtue-signalling is not new. But it has enjoyed a special burgeoning in recent decades, not least because modern culture sooner rewards noisy displays of passion than less visible acts of virtue.
Today, the image of the cave is regarded with suspicion. It seems to call for rule by experts and social engineers, for a tyranny of technocrats: a dubious, if not diabolical, prospect.
The difference between NATO and the United Nations is pluralism. The UN Charter is explicitly predicated on the sovereign equality of states. It is an ideal, to be sure, perhaps more honoured in the breach than the observance, but NATO’s ideal is the opposite.
The revolutionary afterlife of Hegel’s political thought is proof of the power of a philosophical system, once seized by less cautious hands, to outpace its original creator.
The hunt is almost the perfect antithesis of the ‘online community.’ In the hunting community, we know little of each other’s opinions. Our bond is not established by views or factions, but by our experience of belonging.
Wendell Berry’s stories are an effective evocation of the world he loves and wishes to defend; as one friend put it to me: “His stories make me love what I should love and hate what I should hate.”
In a span of a few weeks, I was confronted with two distinct views on death and two distinct ways of dying. In one was the illusion of self-mastery; in the other, the radical surrender of self.
Is Hegel’s political thought conservative, progressive, perhaps even revolutionary?
In an old hand-written Jesuit journal and a couple of letters, guarded in the Sanctuary of Loyola’s historical archive in Spain, I found a story of grace, love of God, and generosity that my family lore had already forgotten.
Where there is a human rights regime, especially if it is an international one as in Europe, the legal system is no longer rooted in social reality. It is no longer constitutive or protective of that reality; it becomes, on the contrary, an instrument for reforming or deforming it.
European history must stop dwelling on sins and start focusing on achievements again. A strong Europe starts with proud Europeans, according to the MCC’s panel discussion in Brussels.
It is essential for the modern person—and tragically we are all modern people—to strive to overcome his rationalism by various therapeutic exercises.
In retracing our steps back from the postmodern precipice, we should remember that evil is not the opposite of good, but its parasite. God’s truth may be highlighted by evil’s un-truth, but never rivalled.
It was exactly one year ago, on a cold, dark winter evening in January 2022, when Paul Coleman arrived in Helsinki for the modern-day heresy trial of Finnish MP Dr. Päivi Räsänen and Bishop Juhana Pohjola.
The King has chosen to be called Charles. Let us look at his predecessors, in hopes of finding some indication of where His Majesty might wish to go.
The U.S.A. was determined to unite Europe militarily, politically, and economically for its own purposes, and the Cold War provided much of the pretext.
Authors Le Carré and Koestler saw through the moral justifications of 20th-century communism. They understood that tallying up lives saved and lost is a bad way to do business, particularly when the “lives saved” column is skewed by those in power.
One thing that was painfully missing was the kind of ‘common good conservatism’ that takes seriously the public nature of the moral law, which may have helped to bring to the conversation about race some lasting solutions.
Let us seek to banish Hermes and his associates back towards the margins where they rightly belong before the maenads one day end up coming for us all.
The international politics of this conflict are messy and complex, but from a nationalist—indeed, from a merely human—perspective, it is impossible not to admire Ukrainians for their courage, their tenacity, and their very survival.
The environmentalist’s claim that man is nature’s enemy undermines any reason to steward it in the first place. To care for something, one must love it; one must feel that it belongs to them and them to it.
The Right must adapt its ideas, strategy, and discourse to the current political ‘dialectics,’ and not remain anchored to—or trapped by—approaches that are far from the concerns of citizens today.
We may trace the beginning of Latin American poverty and economic subordination to Bolivar’s policy of garnering support by indebting his embryonic state.
The Three Kings represent the truth-seekers of the earth, the rulers of the ‘pagan’ realm, the lands which had not yet seen God but were nonetheless expecting the coming of the Lord.
It’s obvious Proust knew a great deal about art and architecture and music; he was a keen observer of human behavior, but he can take a moment and turn it into an eternity.
Russia and China conceive of the emerging multipolar world in different ways despite their substantial convergence in opposition to Western unipolarity.
Pope Benedict’s expansive mind formed me in the humane habits of awareness that harmonise the intellect and the affectivity of the heart with the culture and civilisation that is our proper inheritance.
Why was Bangha remembered by the Jewish press as an ‘enemy of racism’ if his papers were full of anti-Semitism in the early 1920s? The answer seems to lie in his understanding of the role of Catholicism in public life.
The modern mind, which reduces everything to a means—a mere apparatus of use—subordinates even God to such a perverse conception of reality.