Author Archives: Thomas

Novel Openings

Dante’s Comedy: Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself in a dark wilderness, for I had wandered from the straight and true. Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in … Continue reading

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Preparing for Lent

Below are the first few pages from Alexander Schememann’s book: Great Lent: Journey to Pasca. Preparation for Lent THE DESIRE (Sunday of Zacchaeus) Long before the actual beginning of Lent, the Church announces its approach and invites us to enter … Continue reading

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Walking the Dogs

It is lovely, here in the Sierra – walking the dogs in the middle of the night. The air is still, the sky is clear, with the moon more than half. When I say that I get up and walk … Continue reading

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Whether Charity is Friendship

From St Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica (Second Part of the Second Part, Question 23, Article 1) Whether charity is friendship? Objection 1: It would seem that charity is not friendship. For nothing is so appropriate to friendship as to dwell with … Continue reading

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The Glen at Maude’s Tavern

The hills of Appalachia are wrinkled deep in time. Some places there, as the saying goes, you can’t get to from here. At least, if the here were televised America. And if not…. There are three large structures in the … Continue reading

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20220104 Journal

During his viral podcast with Joe Rogan after he was banned by Twitter, Malone explained how the global population was being manipulated into remaining in a constant state of hysterical anxiety via mass formation psychosis. “What the heck happened to … Continue reading

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20211220 Journal

I pray for my family: for my children, grandchildren, and siblings – that they flourish. And for my parents, that they come to enjoy eternal life in Christ. ‘But your parents have died?’ Yes, but God is the creator of … Continue reading

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20211217 Journal

My favorite Bob Dylan gospel album is the 1997 ‘Time Out of Mind’. Looking toward Christmas, our celebration of our Lord’s incarnation (Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did … Continue reading

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20211216 Journal

A quote from David McWhirter’s “Desire and Love in Henry James: A Study of the Late Novels”, page 4: Many of James’ contemporaries – one thinks especially of Hardy, Conrad, and Meredith – share his sense that the enactment of … Continue reading

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20211215 Journal

In weather advisories around here (Placerville, Diamond Springs, Camino) one finds for example: Sacramento – CA, US, National Weather Service. Affected Area: Motherlode Regarding what the National Weather Service designates by that ‘Motherlode’ area, Motherlode has zoneid CAZ067:   https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=CAZ067 As far a … Continue reading

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20211214 Journal

Our first snow on Thorson Ridge. At just under 3000 feet elevation, our weather here in the Sierra foothills is more like Camino than Pleasant Valley just south. Snow prompts me to think of renewal and new birth, appropriate for … Continue reading

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Memorandum On the Immaculate Conception

(This was written by St John Newman, “This Memorandum is given as written off by the Cardinal for Mr. R. I. Wilberforce, formerly Archdeacon Wilberforce, to aid him in meeting the objections urged by some Protestant friends against the doctrine … Continue reading

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Bamboozled

It is hard to avoid being bamboozled by the tyranny of the here and now. Especially nowadays given television propaganda. Two contemporary voices to whom I’ve found it useful to listen are Dylan and Solzhenitsyn. Dylan’s Visions of Sin; Christopher … Continue reading

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Against Studied Ambiguity

A religious entity should be as clear as possible about its beliefs. In particular, it should spurn studied ambiguity. Moreover, the Christian tradition professes not the wise getting to God, to the source of all truth, but rather that God … Continue reading

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Official Language

Aside from liturgical matters, what is the official language of the Catholic Church now? The Church needs an official language unless it is to go the way of the Orthodox. While the Catholic Church could have, in theory, more than … Continue reading

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Education Should Aim at God

Daniel Drain has an excellent article on Church Life Journal entitled ‘Education Should Aim at God, Not the Job Market‘. I think it could well be expanded into a book, elaborating its current three sections with three more (4 Extended … Continue reading

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The Novels of Willa Cather

If someone is unfamiliar with the novels of Willa Cather, AS Byatt has written an interesting article about them, titled American Pastorial, of which I quote the last part: In her 50s Cather published three novels which are often called … Continue reading

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Trump: Existential Threat as Civic Promise

by L.Q. Cincinnatus Both Joe Biden and President Trump agree on one thing: the Trump presidency is “an existential threat” to the American ruling class. The difference is that Trump sees the elites as a threat to the populace, and Biden regards the populace as … Continue reading

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2020 Election

THOMAS KLINGENSTEIN: My name is Tom Klingenstein. I am the chair of the board of the Claremont Institute which is a conservative think tank, managing partner of a New York investment firm and playwright. I wish to make three points. … Continue reading

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Theo-Drama: The Action

From the preface to Hans Urs von Balthazar’s THEO-DRAMA, THEOLOGICAL DRAMATIC THEORY, VOLUME IV, THE ACTION We have prepared at considerable length for the “action” that is the subject of this volume. First, in the Prelegomena, we prepared the way … Continue reading

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