The Imagination: Its Function and its Culture

Cultivate the mere intellect as you may, it will never reduce the passions: the imagination, seeking the ideal in everything, will elevate them to their true and noble service. George […]

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Shelter in the Vine: An Unexpected Sanctuary

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, my refuge and my fortress, my […]

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Sanctuaries for the Suffering: Trauma and Imagination in Apologetics

A sanctuary is a physical space that is sacred and used for worship. Sanctuaries have traditionally been places of safety, places within which it was forbidden to commit acts of […]

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Some Real Magic: Taliessin Lectureth in the School of the Poets

Within the cadences of human speech  ……Attentive listeners can sometimes hear  ……The rhythm of the wave upon the beach  ……Or listen to the music of the spheres.  Within the small […]

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Unveiling Reality Through The Imagination

In her spiritual memoir, Not God’s Type, Dr. Holly Ordway explains the process of her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Primarily through the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, […]

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The Imagination and Its Role in Faith

In Jesus’s final words to his followers, he commanded them to “make disciples of all nations.”[1] This imperative extends to all his followers until his return. Throughout the centuries, we […]

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Reviving a Sacred Imagination

In the fourth chapter of Proverbs, Solomon instructs his son to diligently tend his own soul: My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let […]

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Awe

Edmund Spenser [1552/1553 – 1599] invented the Spenserian stanza for his book, The Fairie Queen. He filled his beautiful, allegorical work with characters that inspire the reader’s imagination — knights, […]

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We Have Sinned and Grown Old: A Reflection on the Imagination and Motherhood

“I don’t want to tell you. It’s embarrassing.” My nine-year-old son uttered these words recently as we sat on the couch in my favorite room of our home. I don’t […]

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Re-Enchanting the World: A Tale of Two Paradigms

This essay has three goals: to convince the reader that we inhabitants of late modernity suffer from a condition of disenchantment; to persuade the reader that a certain sort of […]

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