Author Archives: Thomas

Commitment, Continuity, and Conversation

The particular spirituality of the Appalachian Riders For Our Lady is based on our three foundational principles of commitment, continuity and conversation in addition to the general Catholic evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, obedience and stability adapted to a lay … Continue reading

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The Season of Ascension

Ascension is a season and not merely a day, whenever celebrated. Just as the Church requires the seasons of Advent and Lent for her spiritual formation in anticipation of  Incarnation and Easter, the Church most urgently needs to pay attention … Continue reading

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Apologia Pro Vita Sua

The edition John Cardinal Newman’s Apologia that I use is Frank Turner’s “Apologia Pro Vita Sua and Six Sermons”. However, I recognize that Turner has an ax to grinds and so want to refer to Stanley Jaki’s review of an … Continue reading

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Twenty One Plays by Shakespeare

The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor Much Ado About Nothing As You Like It Twelfth Night All’s Well That Ends Well Measure for Measure Hamlet Macbeth Othello King Lear Richard II Henry IV, Part One Henry IV, … Continue reading

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No Need for Religion?

When a man tells me “personally, I feel no need for religion” what I hear is “I don’t want to be part of any social structure for which I’m not in charge. Moreover, to the extent that folks are under … Continue reading

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On America

Growing up in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia, I absorbed a view of America forged by the Revolutionary War.  Since moving west I’ve come to consider that to be more a definition of what the United States is ‘not’.  What … Continue reading

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Two World Wars

Two World Wars: I respond to the rhetorical hyperbole of ‘Trump is Hitler’ with ‘No, Trump is Churchill’. See Sayet’s article on the culture war and Heiden’s article on The Darkest Hour.

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