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Silence and the Clericalism of Fr. Rodrigues

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Father Scott Murray Scorsese’s film adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s Silence is true to the original. In fact, I don’t believe I have ever seen a movie that so closely follows its source. There are, of course, small changes and not all of Fr. Rodrigues’ interior monologues and narrations make their way into the film, but the plot is unchanged and nearly all of the novel’s dialogues are present. For me, having read the novel more than once, this fidelity to the ... (Continue reading)

Discouragement in Prayer

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Discouragement has to be one of the most debilitating feelings. It's not so much depressing as it is zapping of any kind of energy that you had to pursue your goal. It can come in many forms: your plans are foiled, the promotion at work did not come, or you feel as if everything you do doesn't quite work out. There is also discouragement in prayer: you pray and pray and pray and nothing seems to happen; you feel as ... (Continue reading)

The Wrath of Agha Khan’s Island

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One can only hope that Justin Trudeau's sense of entitlement and noblesse is finally catching up to him.  Even the secular media, who have placed their halo around his hallowed locks, are in consternation at his bizarre New Year's holiday on the private island of Agha Khan, whose full name and title are Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Islamism, which accounts for about 20% of the world's Shia Muslims, in the minority compared ... (Continue reading)

Why Children (and Adults!) Should Learn Latin

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Whenever the census in Canada rolls round, I suspect that I am one of the few people who, in the box where one reports languages spoken in the home, must honestly write Latin. Since the birth of my first of four sons seven years ago, I have spoken almost entirely in Latin to them. Why? Not because I am passing on a family tradition. I grew up speaking English. I began learning Latin when I was seventeen. That year I entered ... (Continue reading)

The Church Will Become Smaller…

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From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge—a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so will she lose many of her social privileges. In contrast to an earlier age, she will be seen much more as a voluntary society, ... (Continue reading)

The Purpose of Beauty

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Like many people, I have a love affair with old churches. I lived in Rome a few years ago, and I am surprised I was at all coherent during that period. The wealth of churches—small ones down little cobblestoned side streets, gloriously gaudy ones at the end of large piazzas, and sparse haunting ones with so much history you could almost feel the weight of it—were quite literally everywhere I turned, and left me either speechless or in desperate need ... (Continue reading)

PTSD, Violence and Responsibility

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Another day, another shooting, this time on American soil, at Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Details are still forthcoming, but the alleged perpetrator is a U.S. Army veteran of the Iraq war, who claimed the government was controlling his mind, a victim of the ubiquitous and catch-all  diagnosis of 'PTSD'. He was permitted to check a firearm, which he used to gun down a number of people in the baggage claims, apparently at random in cold blood, after which he ... (Continue reading)

The Blessings of Monotony

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(As we all enter back into our 'ordinary' routines after Chrismas holidays, it is good to reflect upon the blessings of monotony, upon which I myself have been pondering of late, the praise of doing small things well, by doing them often. We have much to learn from children in this regard, for they are rarely ever bored. Hence, I thought this article from our archives, originally published in 2012, would benefit us once again. Editor).... (Continue reading)

Apostasy in Shusaku Endo’s Silence

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A recent article in First Things by J.D. Flynn reflects upon Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese novel Silence, now being released as a film directed by Martin Scorcese (which should tell you something). The tale follows an idealistic Jesuit missionary who, towards the end of the story, well, in Flynn’s words: At its pivotal moment, Silence’s protagonist, the Jesuit missionary Sebastian Rodrigues, faces a terrible choice: He can hold fast to orthodoxy, or he can repudiate it and thereby alleviate the serious, immediate, and temporal sufferings of a ... (Continue reading)

A Chrismas Poem, by G.K. Cheserton

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There fared a mother driven forth Out of an inn to roam; In the place where she was homeless All men are at home. The crazy stable close at hand, With shaking timber and shifting sand, Grew a stronger thing to abide and stand Than the square stones of Rome. For men are homesick in their homes, And strangers under the sun, And they lay their heads in a foreign land Whenever the day is done. Here we have battle and blazing eyes, And chance and honour and high surprise, But our homes are ... (Continue reading)

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