Wearing One’s Habits: Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Making of a Virtuous Man

“It makes no small difference, then, whether we form habits of one kind or another from our very youth; it makes a very great difference, or rather all the difference.” –Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics   In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act I Scene 3, Polonius advises his son, Laertes, in the ways of habit- that which he […]

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The Quest of the Golden Queen

Part I: Incendium Aegis-wreck, that King worn like a shield, And now she stands, bare-breasted, staring as barbs fly- Arrows from the star-crossed side of field Drawn from a quiver, and a sigh. Justice may be blind, But Venus sees, what mortal men have tangled in their trap. Her eyes do not falter, they, net […]

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One Theme to Rule Them All: A Collection of Catholic Elements in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has enjoyed worldwide popularity, appealing to a wide audience on many levels. What is it about the book that draws so many people into the story?  Perhaps it is the culture of Middle-earth, so endued with honor and heroes. It may surprise many enthusiastic readers to understand that […]

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This Captain, Buffeted

Chapter One of Griff Harrows: Told You No Lie   ‘A fugitive, this captain, buffeted’ Virgil, The Aeneid   The old man didn’t know. Griff rolled away from the screen with a grunt. He flipped his custom headphones onto his shoulders, flicked a stray piece of his dark hair out of his grey eyes, and […]

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Relict

A ‘relict’ is ‘a remnant of a formerly widespread species that persists in an isolated area.’ [1] This poem is dedicated to those who’ve watched someone they love disappear and fly away into a million pieces. Perhaps they were not the same because of illness of mind or body, spiritual wanderings, rebellion, death. Perhaps you […]

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Sneaking Past Watchful Dragons: Imaginative Apologetics and the Games We Play

“He who changes the sports is secretly changing the manners of the young.” -Plato, The Laws, Book VII   In The Laws, Plato says, “he who changes the sports is secretly changing the manners of the young.”[1] He is proposing that the values passed down through games are pivotal to the perpetuation of the culture […]

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Dragons in Our ‘Darkest Hours’: Slaying All Day the Lewis Way

“It is the magician’s bargain: give up our soul, get power in return But once our souls have been given up We shall in fact be the slaves and puppets of that to which we have given our souls ”[1] CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man   Larry Nassar. Harvey Weinstein. #METOO. The headlines are […]

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