Excerpt from Strength in Weakness: Myth Reimagined

Epigraph   Theseus, Great and Mighty! Can you hear it in your sleep? As you rest in foolish pride, the wise and truthful weep. Listen to the sound, their accorded lies they raise. Hear it thus resound, ‘their matchless Theseus’ praise.’[1] You seek and search to find, Son of Ancient Pride, Stature with the gods […]

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The Chain-Breaker in Plato’s Allegory

In a story so ingrained in Western culture that it has become like a dead metaphor, Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” describes one man’s ascent from the Land of Shadows to the Upper-World of True Forms. Plato tells this story, or “powerful myth” which is “a gripping explanation of the condition of humanity” as John […]

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He Will Rise

Myriad comic series, television shows, movies, action figures, and other various capitalistic ventures have grossed billions on the back of the Caped Crusader. It seems nearly impossible to step into the public square without coming across children and adults alike adorned with some form of the Bat. (But on those instances in which the Winged […]

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Stained-glass Man

I   Once upon a time, there was a Stained-glass Man Who held a glass world in the palm of his hand. Day in and day out, the Man caught the eye Of each and every passerby.   In rain and in shine, in snow and in heat, Stained-glass Man stood, with pilgrims at his […]

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A Heavenly Guide: Lewis’s ‘Teacher’ in The Great Divorce

From the Grey Town below of eternal self-vision, A despairing, hollow place, To the Bright Lands above of expedition, At a slow, infernal pace. Every step taken leads further up, in Where something real prods At the soul and sole of waning apparitions To answers far beyond The grasp of the dead and self-seeking men […]

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The Dream of the Crown

‘Dream of the Crown’ is a poem that pays homage not only to the Christ who suffered the crown of thorns or the crown itself but medieval dream poetry. Specifically, ‘Dream of the Crown’ echos a pivotal piece of English Literature that was composed early on in the medieval period, circa 1,300 years ago, ‘Dream […]

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Chronological Snobbery: In Reply to Contemporary Petrarchs

These are questions that must be asked, Questions of great importance: Can Renaissance or Reformation Have roots soiled in darkness?   What if I inquired about Alighieri or Aquinas: Would you dare foolishly say They’re both children of blindness?   How about Venerable Bede, Was he without Light’s seed? Did Charlemagne not plant a tree […]

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Excerpt from Note to Self

Under the weight of regret, I hit my knees and leaned onto my hands, digging my fingers into the soft earth. There was a small puddle settled just between my hands. Seeing my reflection in it, I inquired, “What have I done?” I stared into eyes that were undisturbed, an unanswering reflection. I considered my […]

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The Hero from Bagshot Row

There is a friend, closer than a brother; Through thick and thin, you’ll wish for no other.   His comfort, sweet; yes, sweeter than honey: His care, like lembas, keeps for long journeys.   Look past his stature, for value’s unseen: Look in his heart, there is treasure beneath.   He may appear to be […]

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Another Resurrection: If Only We Could Understand

G. K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man is a beautiful, engaging, and insightful summary of human history understood from the perspective of Christ’s Church. In this work, Chesterton displays two very important elements of history that have been overlooked in modern society. First, mankind is so much more than modern society imagines—an artist made in the […]

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