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Musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus explores Catholic arts & culture with a variety of notable guests. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

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    151 - Liberal Women & Drag Queens - Darel Paul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 62:01

    What's behind the increasing popularity of drag queens and drag shows in America? Why is half the audience of RuPaul's Drag Race now composed of young liberal women? How has the drag subculture, originally intended as a frivolous and self-consciously artificial deconstruction of masculinity, paradoxically become one of progressivism's most potent symbols of earnest and authentic self-expression? Darel Paul, professor of political science at Williams College, joins the podcast to discuss his recent First Things essay "Drag Queens". Attempting to answer the questions above, he brings forth insights about the relation between the LGBT movement, "wokeness" and America's largely female-driven therapeutic culture. Links Darel Paul, "Drag Queens" Darel Paul, "Under the Rainbow Banner" Darel Paul, From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage Psychologist Dr. William Coulson on how he led many religious sisters away from their vocations James L. Nolan Jr., The Therapeutic State: Justifying Government at Century's End This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    150 - Solemnities and How to Celebrate Them - McNamara & Carstens

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 65:06

    Denis McNamara and Christopher Carstens, co-authors of the new book Solemnities: Celebrating a Tapestry of Divine Beauty, join the podcast to talk about the upcoming solemnities of Christmas; Mary, Mother of God; and Epiphany. The book (co-authored with Alexis Kutarna) covers the Church's 17 solemnities. For each, there is a discussion of its theological and spiritual significance, a reproduction and analysis of a great artwork related to the solemnity, and tips on how to observe the solemnity more deeply, from spiritual practices to festive traditions. Links Solemnities: Celebrating a Tapestry of Divine Beauty Artworks discussed in this episode: The Mystic Nativity by Sandro Botticelli Madonna in the Church by Jan van Eyck Adoration of the Magi by Domenico Ghirlandaio Follow McNamara's ongoing video series discussing sacred art here:

    149 - Duns Scotus, Minstrel of the Incarnation - Thomas Ward

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 71:31

    Blessed John Duns Scotus (1265-1308), the Franciscan friar known as the "Subtle Doctor", is one of the most important theologians and philosophers of the Middle Ages, yet over the centuries he has fallen into disrepute, or at least neglect, by comparison with the "Angelic Doctor", St. Thomas Aquinas. Interest in Scotus has revived somewhat in part due to his beatification by Pope St. John Paul II, who called him the "defender of the Immaculate Conception" and "minstrel of the Incarnation". Indeed, Scotus's greatest legacy is his argument for Mary's having been conceived without original sin, a controversial position at the time, yet vindicated centuries later when this was proclaimed a dogma by Pope Bl. Pius IX. This is good enough reason to get to know Scotus, even if he ultimately takes a back seat to Aquinas. Thomas Ward, author of Ordered by Love: An Introduction to John Duns Scotus, joins the podcast to discuss aspects of Scotus's thought, and his context in the early history of the Franciscan order. Thomas Ward, Ordered by Love This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!  

    148—Being Is Better Than Not Being—Christopher Mirus

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 78:18

    Christopher V. Mirus, your host's older brother, is a philosophy professor at the University of Dallas, and author of the new book Being Is Better Than Not Being: The Metaphysics of Goodness and Beauty in Aristotle. In this episode he discusses being a philosopher in the Aristotelian tradition, compares Aristotle's intellectual and pedagogical approach with Plato's, and touches on some themes from his book. How does Aristotle identify goodness with the ability to be contemplated – even in the sphere of ethics? What is the relation between friendship and contemplation? How can we call “beautiful” things as different as a morally virtuous human action, the parts of animals, the orbits of the heavenly spheres, and God Himself? What does Aristotle mean when he says that being is better than not being? Links  There is a 30% discount on Being Is Better than Nonbeing: The Metaphysics of Goodness and Beauty in Aristotle until December 24th, 2022, as part of the American Catholic Philosophical Association's annual conference. To get the discount, order from the CUA Press website using discount code “ACPA22”. This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    147 - The World Is Falling Away - Jane Greer

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 61:49

    Catholic poet Jane Greer joins the podcast to read from her third collection, The World As We Know It Is Falling Away. She discusses the spiritual challenges that came with the great success of her previous book, Love Like a Conflagration, connecting to a major theme of her new book: fallen man's thwarted desire to exceed divinely ordained limits to earthly delights, in the face of death and apocalypse – along with the real beauty of the gifts God has given us to enjoy in this life. Links The World As We Know It Is Falling Away Ep. 81 – Love Like a Conflagration This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    Highlights: music & spirituality, the common good, Mary's river

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 74:38

    This episode contains clips of highlights from episodes 33, 56, and 57 of the Catholic Culture Podcast. Links 33: Structure and Freedom in Music and in Christ – Mark Christopher Brandt 56: Vindicating Authority – Aquinas Guilbeau, O.P. 57: River of the Immaculate Conception – James Matthew Wilson This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    146 - 40 Days for Life Co-Founder Shawn Carney

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 46:20

    Though prayer, fasting, and public presence, 40 Days for Life has been very successful in reducing abortions, closing down abortion clinics, and even saving the souls of women who intend abortion and abortion industry workers. Co-founder Shawn Carney joins the podcast to discuss their work and the current situation post-Roe. Topics include: A 40 Days for Life success story in Manassas, VA Political propaganda against pregnancy centers Government crackdowns on pro-lifers in the US and UK Why there wasn't rioting in the streets when Roe was overturned Abortion as a crisis of the human heart Why activism not rooted in contemplation fails Links 40 Days for Life Shawn Carney, What to Say When: The Complete New Guide to Discussing Abortion Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, The Soul of the Apostolate This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    145 - Catholic Imagination Conference poetry reading

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 68:16

    The Catholic Culture Podcast Network sponsored a poetry reading session at the fourth biennial Catholic Imagination Conference, hosted by the University of Dallas. Thomas Mirus moderated this session on Sept. 30, 2022, introducing poets Paul Mariani, Frederick Turner, and James Matthew Wilson. Paul Mariani, University Professor Emeritus at Boston College, is the author of twenty-two books, including biographies of William Carlos Williams, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Hart Crane, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens. He has published nine volumes of poetry, most recently All that Will be New, from Slant. He has also written two memoirs, Thirty Days and The Mystery of It All: The Vocation of Poetry in the Twilight of Modernism. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA and NEH. He is the recipient of the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry and the Flannery O'Connor Lifetime Achievement Award. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including Image, Poetry, Presence, The Agni Review, First Things, The New England Review, The Hudson Review, Tri-Quarterly, The Massachusetts Review, and The New Criterion. Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities (emeritus) at the University of Texas at Dallas, was educated at Oxford University. A poet, critic, translator, philosopher, and former editor of The Kenyon Review, he has authored over 40 books, including The Culture of Hope, Genesis: An Epic Poem, Shakespeare's Twenty-First Century Economics, Natural Religion, and most recently Latter Days, with Colosseum Books. He has co-published several volumes of Hungarian and German poetry in translation, including Goethe's Faust, Part One. He has been nominated internationally over 40 times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and translated into over a dozen languages. James Matthew Wilson is Cullen Foundation Chair of English Literature and Founding Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Saint Thomas, in Houston. He serves also as Poet-in-Residence of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, as Editor of Colosseum Books, and Poetry Editor of Modern Age magazine. He is the author of twelve books, including The Strangeness of the Good. His work has won the Hiett Prize, the Parnassus Prize, the Lionel Basney Award (twice), and the Catholic Media Book Award for Poetry.

    144 - The Obedience Paradox in Marriage - Mary Stanford

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 92:30

    St. Paul's admonition for wives to submit to their husbands as the Church submits to Christ (Ephesians 5) is one of the most uncomfortable teachings for modern Catholics. But it's not just obedience in marriage that moderns find objectionable–and it's not just liberals who can't stomach it. Across the political and religious spectrum, even among self-described traditionalists, we find all kinds of excuses to avoid obedience. Deeply embedded in the post-Enlightenment consciousness is the equation of authority with tyranny and obedience with slavery. Come to think of it, Scripture tells us that the issue of authority and obedience is fundamental to mankind's rupture with God throughout all history, beginning with the rebellion of Adam and Eve. Satan tricked Eve into thinking God's command was a trick to keep her down rather than a gift of love. Adam went along, choosing to please his wife rather than God, in a perversion of his God-given inclination toward union through gift. Ever since, both men and women have had a suspicious and guarded stance toward God's authority rather than a submissive and receptive one, while ironically dominating and manipulating others in the very way they feared God was doing to them. The primordial reality of authority as gift and obedience as receptivity, which Christ came to restore in nuptial union with His Church, is central to theologian Mary Stanford's new book, The Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage. Drawing on Scripture, the theology of the body, and the whole Magisterial tradition of the Church on marital obedience, Stanford offers not just a defense of the traditional teaching, but a profound illumination of how both wives and husbands can find true freedom in submitting to God's design for what Pope Pius XI called “the order of love” in marriage, which is both mutual and asymmetrical. Stanford's presentation will be liberating particularly for those open-hearted Catholics who, while wishing to be faithful to Church teaching, fear that reiterating this particular point of the Scriptural and Magisterial doctrine on marriage will just create an opportunity for domination and abuse. Yet not only wives, and not only married couples, but all Catholics can learn from how obedience is lived in marriage, and see that obedient receptivity is at the core of what it means to be a human person. Links Mary Stanford, The Obedience Paradox: Finding True Freedom in Marriage Pope Pius XI on marriage: Casti connubii This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    143 - The Sacrament of Church Architecture - Denis McNamara

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 66:14

    "Architecture is the built form of ideas, and church architecture is the built form of theology." Denis McNamara joins the show to give a crash course in the underlying principles of Catholic church architecture, and make the case for classical architecture as the method that should be used by today's sacred architects. McNamara is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College, architectural consultant, and author of multiple books on architecture. Topics include: The Biblical vision of church architecture The church building as part of the liturgical rite The church building as a “sacrament” of the glorified, mystical Body of Christ and vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem The importance of the Temple How liturgical art conveys glorified realities How classical architecture makes visible nature's invisible forces The difference between liturgical and devotional images Links Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy How to Read Churches The Liturgy Guys Benedictine College's Center for Beauty and Culture This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    142 - The Genesis of Gender - Abigail Favale

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 46:50

    Abigail Favale returns to the show to discuss her new book, The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory. Topics include: Understanding "lived experience" in light of theology and anthropology Learning from people with gender dysphoria who have transitioned and detransitioned The spike in transgender identity among teenagers "What about intersex people?" How potency and actuality can help us to understand sex difference Manhood and womanhood as symbols of theological realities Abigail Favale, The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    141 - Libertarianism, Jazz & Critical Race Theory - Edward Feser

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 107:54

    Catholic philosopher Edward Feser joins the podcast to discuss his new book, All One in Christ: A Catholic Critique of Racism and Critical Race Theory. But before getting to that, he and Thomas discuss their similar paths away from libertarianism, and their shared appreciation for the music of Thelonious Monk. Timestamps 1:50 Libertarianism 14:57 Jazz 38:24 Critical race theory Links All One in Christ: A Catholic Critique of Racism and Critical Race Theory Ep. 45, on Feser's critique of the libertarian theory of property rights Collection of Feser's blog posts on libertarianism Feser, "The Metaphysics of Monk" This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    140 - Let's Get Real - Joshua Hren

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 68:08

    Joshua Hren, author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, editor-in-chief of Wiseblood Books, and co-founder of a new Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, returns to the podcast to discuss his recent essay, Contemplative Realism: A Theological-Aesthetical Manifesto: As ever, but especially in our present age of raging post-truth unreality, we ought to heed Pope Benedict XVI's summons to “ask rather more carefully what ‘the real' actually is.” So-called “realism,” when relegated to material tangibilities, can blind us—instead of binding us—to things as they are. “Are we not interested in the cosmos anymore?” Benedict asks. “Are we today really hopelessly huddled in our own little circle? Is it not important, precisely today, to pray with the whole of creation?” If this preeminent mind of our time is not wrong, and “the man who puts to one side the reality of God is a realist only in appearance,” then we ought to ask with unflinching intensity and openness: what is real? Like liturgy, literature asks this question with a range of forms that answer it very differently. At times, both art and worship seem to devolve into the manners and mood of self-referential and inconsequential play, gestures without meaning, or “bank notes” (says Benedict) “without funds to cover them.” These too-closed circles of communication wall off transcendence. In living cruciform liturgy—on the contrary—“the congregation does not offer its own thoughts or poetry but is taken out of itself and given the privilege of sharing in the cosmic song of praise of the cherubim and seraphim.” In living contemplative literature something analogous happens: we suffer and praise with the whole of creation; the prose cultivates a grateful disposition, prompting us to yearn for a vision of the whole. But this manifesto on behalf of a “contemplative realism” makes no claims to create, ex nihilo, a new aesthetical species. Nor does it advance this rough school of literary fish as some preeminent or sole “way forward” for fiction in our time. Rather, it seeks to articulate a literary approach that exists already in diffuse books as well as in the potencies of living artists. It seeks to gather and galvanize those souls. More than anything, it yearns to quicken a contemplative realist disposition among as many comers as possible—literary chops or no. For, in a very bad way (to borrow from Josef Pieper), “man's ability to see is in decline.” (Publisher's description) Links Read a short version of the manifesto Buy the full version of Contemplative Realism Wiseblood Books MFA program in creative writing at UST This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    139 - Response to Fr. Gregory Pine: Movies, Music & Contemplation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 129:36

    In a recent video on the Pints with Aquinas channel, Gregory Pine, O.P. voiced his concern that mass entertainment, particularly music and movies, is often an obstacle to achieving the heavenly end of contemplation for which we are made. What is noteworthy is that unlike the typical Catholic commentary on pop culture, Fr. Pine does not focus so much on the moral content of music and movies as how their very form affects us bodily, psychologically and spiritually. In this discussion inspired by Fr. Pine's points, host Thomas Mirus and filmmaker Nathan Douglas specify some elements of music and film which are obstacles to the contemplative life, but also suggest how, rather than simply eschewing music and movies, we can engage with better art in a deeper way which serves the contemplative end of man. Timestamps: 0:00 Intro 6:31 Fr. Pine video recap 11:08 Risks of treating media as “junk food” rather than demanding better media 14:44 Cultivating openness to more artistic films 17:31 Discursive reasoning is not the highest mode of contemplation 20:26 Music is the most simply contemplative art form 22:58 The relation of film to reality 25:13 Advertising and glossiness in modern cinema 29:38 Problem with putting Catholic content into Hollywood forms 31:28 A film's editing rhythm can hinder contemplation 38:24 Learning intuitively to tell hackwork from good craft 42:15 Rhythmic excitement doesn't equal mediocrity 46:23 Conclusion of film discussion 48:02 Applying Augustine's theory of evil as privation to art 49:34 The necessity of both lower and higher forms of music 55:46 In what sense should Catholics “engage with pop culture”? 59:33 Pop music dominated by computers, focused on lyrics, lack of melody 1:07:53 The personal element in art 1:12:08 Music, the senses, and contemplation beyond words 1:18:22 Music's stimulation of the body 1:22:45 Using music to indulge emotions 1:27:09 Can music be “immoral”? 1:32:06 Mistaking slow for good in film 1:34:11 Educating the faithful for artistic depth 1:43:50 Can sense images serve the spiritual life? 1:49:18 What music communicates about reality 1:56:20 There's no formula for beauty 2:01:08 Simple receptivity to God's beauty 2:03:54 Recommended resources Resources: Fr. Gregory Pine, “I stopped listening to music.” Elizabeth-Paule Labat, The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music Etienne Gilson, The Arts of the Beautiful Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast CCP #126: How Charlie Parker's Music Changed My Life CCP #28: An Introduction to Maritain's Poetic Philosophy w/ Samuel Hazo Nathan Douglas, The Vocation of Cinema Fr. Pine's lecture on literature referenced by Nathan This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    138 - Drawing in Clay - Christopher Alles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 60:20

    Catholic sculptor Christopher Alles joins the podcast for an introduction to the art of sculpture, especially in its formal qualities. Alles mostly does commission work for the Church, and the theoretical points in this conversation are illuminated by references to some of his recent works, including a work-in-progress Pieta and his monumental sculpture of St. Joseph, Patron of a Happy Death. Topics include: Collaboration with patrons in commissioned work The iconographic tradition in sculpture vs painting Drawing as the root of both sculpting and painting The challenges of modeling form based on anatomy without being enslaved to literal accuracy The decorative and the illustrative aspects of visual art Links Watch this interview on YouTube Thomas Mirus, “'A Peering' at the Sheen Center”

    137 - The Poetics of John the Evangelist - Anthony Esolen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 56:01

    Poet, translator and cultural critic Anthony Esolen joins the podcast to discuss his book, In the Beginning Was the Word: An Annotated Reading of the Prologue of John. 'In this extended meditation, Anthony Esolen looks, phrase by phrase, at the majestic Prologue to the Gospel of John, which with good reason he calls "the most influential paragraph in the history of man." He unfolds its theological richness by showing how the Apostle John has in mind, not only what he saw Jesus do and heard him say, but also the whole witness of Scripture before the time of Jesus, and the way the young Church proclaimed him. A unique feature of this remarkable work is how Esolen "hears" (and we with him) the Hebrew/Aramaic underlying John's Greek (which was not his mother tongue), echoing those languages in such a way that, all at once, what we thought could never be more profoundly expressed bursts forth in a renewed poetic splendor that brings into ever keener relief the whole panorama of the theology of the God-Man. Esolen's decades-long immersion in Christian poetry and Scripture uniquely positions him as a guide to the astonishing and life-changing "poem" of the Prologue. He says it best: "My hope is not only to illuminate what John wishes us to hear, but to show that, when it comes to this poetry, John is not the originator; he is, rather, the beloved disciple who caught the habit from the Lord Himself."' (Publisher's description) Links Anthony Esolen, In the Beginning Was the Word Esolen's new newsletter, Word & Song This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    136 - The Novel Against Self-Destruction - Joshua Hren

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 80:39

    Joshua Hren returns to discuss his debut novel, Infinite Regress. "In the years since his graduation from St. Marquis University, Blake Yourrick has fled his family and Milwaukee, rotating from job to dead-end job—working the Bakken oilfields in Dakota and even signing on as the night caretaker of a rural abbey graveyard. Deep in student debt and estranged from his misanthropic, alcoholic father, Blake is haunted by the memory of his mother's death—and by his relationship with his college mentor, a defrocked priest named Theo Hape, who is known for his adventurous theological ideas as well as for the uncanny, seductive power he wields over his students. When Hape, learning of his former charge's desperate straits, proposes a perverse exchange of services, Blake finds himself tempted to test the professor's radical theories in real life. What follows is a metaphysical duel reminiscent of the novels of Dostoevsky and Bernanos, pitting a modern-day anti-Christ against a reckless but resilient young man and his well-meaning, dysfunctional kin." (Publisher's description) The book is particularly timely in its philosophical themes, as it treats the subject of metaphysical deconstruction used as cover for sexual grooming in the world of education. Thomas and Joshua discuss the novel's defrocked Jesuit villain, the protagonists' escape from a philosophy which makes good dependent on evil and so eliminates the boundaries between the two, the book's themes of monetary and metaphysical debt, its comic tone, and Hren's unusual associative prose style. Links Joshua Hren, Infinite Regress Wiseblood Books Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of St. Thomas

    135 - The Cardinal vs. the Communists - Arpad von Klimo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 68:17

    Historian Árpád von Klimó joins the podcast to give an introduction to József Cardinal Mindszenty (1892-1975), prince primate of Hungary. Mindszenty was not only the face of Hungarian resistance to fascism and communism, but ultimately a symbol Catholic resistance to communism worldwide. From 1948 to 1956 he was in a communist prison, from 1956 to 1971 he was isolated from the world as a refuge in the U.S. Legation in Hungary. He then spent the last 4 years of his life in exile from his country and in increasing tension with the Vatican's more conciliatory approach to diplomacy with Soviet nations. Links Victim of History: Cardinal Mindszenty, a Biography Árpád von Klimó

    134 - The Political Form of Evil - D. C. Schindler

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 98:11

    D. C. Schindler's book The Politics of the Real: The Church between Liberalism and Integralism is one of the richest entries in the ongoing Catholic debate over liberalism, political authority, the common good, and the relation between Church and State. Schindler offers subtle, convincing arguments as to why liberalism is "the political form of evil", specifically consisting of a rejection of the Christian form - specifically, the Jewish-Greek-Roman synthesis embodied in the Catholic Church. Liberalism creates a situation like that described by comedian Stephen Wright: "Last night somebody broke into my apartment and replaced everything with exact duplicates." It adopts aspects of the Western tradition but only on radically different grounds, with a fragmented vision of reality. Even when liberalism claims to make room for religious tradition, it does so only by reconceiving religion as a mere object of individual choice - that is, precisely as non-traditional.  But Schindler goes beyond criticizing liberalism, offering a profound and beautiful ontology of the social order and a somewhat different model of the relation between Church and State from the one proposed by Catholic integralists. Schindler joins the podcast to discuss the book, including topics such as: Why objecting to non-liberal philosophy as "impractical" is a rejection of man as a rational creature Liberalism's false claim of neutrality (or non-confessionalism) The "Christian form" and its fragmentation Why liberalism is “the political form of evil” The roots of liberalism in medieval nominalism The anti-Catholic meaning of the Declaration of Independence's “laws of nature and of nature's God” How the "neutral public square" subverts every tradition it "makes room for" The problem with distinguishing "civil society" from the state Why property is central to understanding the relation between individuals and society Links The Politics of the Real This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    133 - Think Like a Poet - Ryan Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 158:56

    In a wide-ranging and erudite interview, poet and translator Ryan Wilson joins the podcast to discuss how the poet makes use of the classical virtue of xenia or hospitality, what poets can learn from the work of translation, the "romantic turn" (inner vision) and the "classical turn" (communication/craft) in poetry, the great Latin poet Horace, and more. Ryan performs, in his dynamic style, classic poems by Horace and others, as well as his own poems. Ryan Wilson is an adjunct professor of English at the Catholic University of America, editor of the journal Literary Matters, and a visiting professor of poetry in the MFA program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He is the author of three books: The Stranger World, a collection of original poems; How to Think Like a Poet; and Proteus Bound: Selected Translations, 2008-2020. Forthcoming are his anthology of contemporary Catholic poetry from Paraclete Press (spring 2023), and another book of original poems, The Ghostlight. Timestamps 0:00 - Proteus Bound 13:09 - Hospitality as fundamental principle of community, thought, and poetry 28:05 - The romantic turn and the classical turn 46:22 - Ryan Wilson, “Xenia” 53:39 - Proteus, Hermes, and Orpheus as figures of the poet 1:03:35 - Translation as training for the poet 1:17:47 - The Latin poetry of Horace 2:07:55 - Charles Baudelaire, “The Voice” 2:20:00 - How Ryan relates as a Catholic to classical literature 2:27:10 - Ryan Wilson, “Philoctetes” Links Proteus Bound: Selected Translations, 2008-2020 How to Think Like a Poet The Stranger World Literary Matters This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    132 - Technology and the Artist: Glenn Gould in the Studio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 73:14

    "The justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the release of a momentary ejection of adrenaline but is, rather, the gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity." - Glenn Gould One of the greatest classical pianists of the 20th century, Glenn Gould, shocked the world at age thirty-one when he announced his permanent retirement from public performance. Denouncing the concert hall as a relative of the Roman Colosseum and audiences as a "force of evil", for the sake of his artistic integrity and personal sanity he committed the rest of his musical life to recording in the studio. Gould's brilliant and sometimes provocative performances of classical masterworks are well known, especially his unequaled recordings of Bach. But he was also a prolific, articulate, and no less provocative critic. In essays like "The Prospects of Recording", he laid out his philosophy of performance, of the relation between technology and music. He described his own experimentation with unconventional recording techniques, and made bold and often accurate predictions about how recording technology would change how the average person would relate to music. And he outright rejected many of the stagnant conventions of contemporary classical performance. In this episode, Thomas discusses Gould's fascinating (and often entertaining) views on music and technology, and plays a number of his recordings. If you've never heard Gould play, you're missing out. If you have, you'll find this episode all the more interesting.  Pieces played in this episode (all performed by Glenn Gould): J. S. Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude and Fugue no. 3 in C-sharp major, Fugue no. 20 in A major, Prelude no. 21 in B-flat major Bach, Two- and Three-Part Inventions: Invention no. 12 in A major, Sinfonia no. 5 in E-flat major, Sinfonia no. 9 in F minor Brahms, Intermezzo No. 2 in A major, op. 118 Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, IV. Allegro, piano transcription by Franz Liszt Thomas Mirus's 2011 essay "Glenn Gould in the Studio" This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    Highlights: Indie rock, postliberalism, Mary and the Holy Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 73:02

    This episode contains clips of highlights from episodes 51 and 53-55 of the Catholic Culture Podcast. Links (in order of clips) The Hundredfold - Anthony Esolen Bringing Melody Back to Pop Music - The Duskwhales God Made Us for Order and Surprise - John-Mark Miravalle Fostering Responsible Elites - Jonah Bennett  

    131 - Virtue Is Not Enough - J. Budziszewski

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 66:26

    One of the best contemporary natural law philosophers, J. Budszizewski, joins the show to discuss his new book, How (and How Not) to Be Happy, spiritual warfare in the classroom, and his journey from “macho nihilism” to faith. Topics include: Why virtue alone won't make you happy Why the Greeks said “Call no man happy until he is dead” A critique of the Stoic revival How belief in the afterlife allows us to be honest about suffering in this life Teaching secular students about natural law Breaking through people's self-deception Budszizewski's youthful embrace of nihilism and how God broke down his intellectual pride Links How (and How Not) To Be Happy Underground Thomist website Join Online Great Books with 25% off your first three months via this link Other recommended books by J. Budszizewski: What We Can't Not Know: A Guide The Meaning of Sex is in the middle of its Easter 2022 fundraising campaign. Generous donors have offered us a $60,000 matching challenge grant. If you donate between now and Pentecost Sunday, your donation will be doubled! Please help us keep our apostolate going. If you use this link your donation will be earmarked for podcast production:

    130 - John Paul II's Retreat for Artists - Christopher West

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 76:32

    In Holy Week of 1962, Bishop Karol Wojtyla gave a retreat to a group of Polish artists. The text of that retreat has now been published in English, along with commentary, by the Theology of the Body Institute, in a book titled God Is Beauty: A Retreat on the Gospel and Art. Christopher West, president of the TOB Institute, joins Thomas Mirus to discuss the retreat and how it fits together with St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Themes include: God is Beauty The Incarnation is perfect Beauty manifested in the human body The artist is a conduit of beauty coming from God Artists' responsibility for their talent The sexed body as a sign of the relationality and fruitfulness of the Trinity The dangers of "moral minimalism" The Crucifixion, where moral conscience and beauty meet How Wojtyla's work builds on, rather than replaces, traditional theological symbolism Thomas also discusses his experience of attending the ballet and how it is challenging him to see the body in a new way. Links Listeners can purchase God Is Beauty paperback at the TOB Institute store for 20% off the cover price (no limit). Use code: CULTURE Upcoming retreat weekend, May 13-15 Episode with ballet dancer Claire Kretzschmar Dony MacManus This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    129 - Fatima Today: In Defense of Private Revelation

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 26:34

    Thomas Mirus reads his article "Fatima Today: In Defense of Private Revelation". The first part of this article is a reminder of the essential importance of Fatima in our time. The second, and longer, part corrects a misunderstanding of private revelation held by many—namely that whatever falls into this category can make no claim on our mind or conscience, and that it is a matter of indifference whether we pay heed to it. Links Thomas V. Mirus, "Fatima Today: In Defense of Private Revelation" Deacon Bob Ellis, "Our role in the defeat of the global Communist revolution" The First Saturday Devotion This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    128 - As Earth Without Water - Katy Carl

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2022 68:09

    Katy Carl, author of the excellent new novel As Earth Without Water and editor-in-chief of the Catholic arts journal Dappled Things, joins the show to discuss the novel and the state of the Catholic literary scene. The publisher's description of As Earth Without Water: When Dylan Fielding, celebrated contemporary visual artist, becomes Br. Thomas Augustine, novice at Our Lady of the Pines monastery, he finds delight not only in the shock his choice causes everyone around him but—to his own surprise—in the rhythms of the life itself. Shortly before he solidifies a lifelong commitment to the community, a traumatic encounter with an abusive priest plunges Thomas Augustine into terror and doubt. Reeling and uncertain, he reaches out to his friend, rival, and former lover, Angele Solomon, with hopes that she can help him to speak the difficult truth. As she attempts to advocate for her friend, Angele must ask how the scars left by their common past—as well as newer harms—can ever be healed or transcended. The wider inquiries demanded next will transfigure how both of them picture a range of human and divine things: time and memory; art and agency; trust and responsibility; and what it might mean to know real freedom.   Links As Earth Without Water Dappled Things Catholic Imagination Conference 2022 This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    127 - Gregory the Great - Chase Faucheux

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 56:49

    Today's guest is Chase Faucheux, translator of a recent biography of Pope St. Gregory the Great. Topics include: The very low point in Rome's history in which Gregory came of age His being all things to all men in the city of Rome, as both a spiritual and temporal leader His longing for the monastic life even after he became Pope His remarkable forthrightness about his own shortcomings His diplomatic attempts to keep barbarians from destroying his city Links Sigrid Grabner, In the Eye of the Storm: A Biography of Gregory the Great This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    126 - How Charlie Parker's Music Changed My Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 81:13

    Thomas Mirus goes solo in this episode to talk about how his relationship to music was completely transformed in his late teens, by exposure to the music of alto saxophonist Charlie Parker. Before he had used music to stimulate an emotional response, but soon he found himself listening for the sake of musical beauty itself, regardless of emotions or lack thereof. This quickly opened up a whole world of contemplation (musical and otherwise). After discussing this deeper way of listening to music, Thomas explains how to follow the musical form of a jazz performance, and introduces the music of Charlie Parker and the new form of jazz he pioneered in the 1940s and early 50s, known as bebop. If you want to listen more extensively to the jazz artists heard in this episode, check out these albums (no links because these things are always going in and out of print in different compilations): Charlie Parker, listen to the complete Savoy and Dial master takes in whatever compilation you can find Bud Powell, Jazz Giant Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street Sonny Rollins Plus Four Music heard in this episode: Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Rising High Water Blues” Charlie Parker, “Perhaps” Charlie Parker, “Blues for Alice” Charlie Parker, “Parker's Mood” Charlie Parker, “Anthropology” Bud Powell, “So Sorry Please” from Jazz Giant Clifford Brown and Max Roach, “Gertrude's Bounce” from At Basin Street Sonny Rollins, “Pent-Up House” from Plus Four This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    125 - St. Joseph in Art History - Elizabeth Lev

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 77:20

    Art historian Elizabeth Lev joins the show to discuss her new book, The Silent Knight: A History of St. Joseph as Depicted in Art. The book offers not only a history of sixteen centuries of art featuring St. Joseph, but also an account of the development of devotion to St. Joseph over the past two thousand years -from the old man sitting overlooked in the corner of early Nativity scenes to the glorious Patron of the Univeral Church. Links Watch on YouTube to see the artworks discussed: Elizabeth Lev, The Silent Knight Episode with Elizabeth on the history of St. Anthony Abbot in art Episode with Elizabeth on the film Ben-Hur This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    124 - Culture Warrior, Culture Nurturer - Maggie Gallagher

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 81:36

    For two decades, Maggie Gallagher was a leading voice writing about the importance of permanent, monogamous marriage to society. At first, that included pointing out the problems with divorce, feminism and single parenthood. Then as same-sex marriage became the predominant issue, Gallagher became the public face of the movement against it. A few years after the Supreme Court made gay marriage legal across the 50 states, Gallagher switched gears when Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco asked her to be Executive Director of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, which he founded in 2013. She says that to avoid despair, we have to build beautiful things. In this interview Maggie discusses: How becoming a single mother in college led her to focus her career on the defense of marriage Her time in the pro-marriage movement, including co-founding the National Organization for Marriage Why the defenders of marriage were less effective than the pro-life movement Why certain critiques of the pro-life movement's political involvement are unfair American classical liberalism's inability to think about social institutions Meeting Archbishop Cordileone and getting involved in the BXVI Institute The BXVI Institute's patronage of the arts, especially the liturgical arts The Archbishop's campaign of prayer and fasting for the conversion of Nancy Pelosi Links Benedict XVI Institute on YouTube Maggie Gallagher, Enemies of Eros Maggie Gallagher and Linda Waite, The Case for Marriage This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    123 - The Nature of Middle-earth - Carl Hostetter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 86:47

    Carl Hostetter, editor of a new volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's unpublished notes, The Nature of Middle-earth, joins the show. Carl discusses: His collaboration with Christopher Tolkien leading to this new volume What other Tolkien writings we might expect to see published Why it may be good that Tolkien never finished the Silmarillion in his lifetime Tolkien's Thomistic reflections on elvish hylomorphism, and other revelations contained in the new book How Tolkien's obsession with consistency nearly destroyed his legendarium Potential problems with the theology of Middle-earth Anti-Catholic bias in contemporary Tolkien fandom and scholarship Links Carl Hostetter, The Nature of Middle-earth Interview with Jonathan McIntosh about The Flame Imperishable Other resources recommended: J.R.R. Tolkien, Morgoth's Ring, vol. 10 of The History of Middle-earth, ed. Christopher Tolkien Jonathan McIntosh, The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie Tom Shippey, The Road to Middle-Earth: How J.R.R. Tolkien Created a New Mythology Verlyn Flieger, Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World Corey Olsen's seminars on The Nature of Middle-earth This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    122 - Minor Indignities - T.C. Merrill

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 74:40

    T.C. Merrill's debut novel, Minor Indignities, is an evocative portrayal of the vanity of undergraduate life at an Ivy League university. Its protagonist, a freshman consumed with what others think of him intellectually, socially and sexually, only makes a fool of himself the more he strains to impress. The novel ultimately becomes a richness of embarrassments whose final catastrophe illustrates the saying of St. Bernard: “Humiliation is the way to humility.” Merrill joins the show to talk about his novel, his essay "The Situation of the Catholic Novelist", Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, how a fiction writer should approach depicting sexuality, the relation between art and emotion, and René Girard. Watch interview on YouTube: Links Minor Indignities "The Situation of the Catholic Novelist" This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    The Glorious English Carol

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 113:36

    Originally published as episode 59 on December 21, 2019, this popular episode is being rerun in a slightly improved version. This is a love letter to the great English Christmas carols, from “There Is No Rose” to “The Boar's Head”. Did you know that not just any Christmas song is a carol? The true carol, in all its earthy splendor, is a distinctive product of the Catholic middle ages. Yet our forefathers didn't limit caroling to Christmas: they wrote carols for every season of the year covering the entire story of our Redemption, not to mention secular topics at times. This episode explores the origin of carols in England, their cultural meaning, and how they were suppressed by the Puritans and were revived in modern times. And of course, you'll hear a lot of great music throughout, ranging from historically informed performance to modern arrangements! Links Erik Routley, The English Carol Andrew Gant, The Carols of Christmas All music in this episode used with permission from the recording artist and/or label. Agincourt Carol, Alamire Nowell sing we both all and some, Quire Cleveland Gabriel From Heaven's King, Quire Cleveland A Virgin Most Pure, Stairwell Carolers Coventry Carol, Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, available on the CORO record label at Bedfordshire May Carol, Shirley Collins Remember O Thou Man, The King's Singers Wassail (Gloucestershire Wassail, arr. Vaughan Williams), Quire Cleveland Green Growth the Holly, Early Music New York—Frederick Renz, Director My Dancing Day, Robert Shaw Chorale Drive the Cold Winter Away, Owain Phyfe and the New World Renaissance Band In the Bleak Midwinter, Quire Cleveland Lullay My Liking (Holst), HSVPA Madrigal Singers (Houston, TX) A Hymn to the Virgin (Britten), VOCES8 There is no rose, Quire Cleveland Thanks to all, but especially to Ross W. Duffin for his generosity with Quire Cleveland's back catalogue! Also recommended: A Waverly Consort Christmas: From East Anglia to Appalachia Other non-famous carols mentioned: Seven Virgins (The Leaves of Life); This Endris Night; Tempus adest floridum (Good King Wenceslas); Kingsfold (I heard the voice of Jesus say); The Cherry Tree Carol; Masters In This Hall; The Golden Carol; Snow in the Street; New Prince, New Pomp This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    121 - Catholic Jazz Legend Mary Lou Williams - Deanna Witkowski

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 107:09

    Mary Lou Williams: one of the outstanding jazz pianists of all time, composer, Catholic convert, visionary, performer of works of mercy. Because Williams's career lasted and her style adapted through many changes in jazz from the swing era to the early 1970s, and because she mentored two of jazz's most influential figures (Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk), this episode is an opportunity not only to dive into her life and music, but to learn a little about jazz history more generally. Deanna Witkowski, herself a jazz pianist and Catholic convert, has written a new biography of Williams, Mary Lou Williams: Music for the Soul, and performs Williams's compositions on her forthcoming album, Force of Nature. Watch discussion on YouTube: Links Buy Deanna's book and album: Musical tracks heard in this episode: Mary Lou Williams: "Waltz Boogie", "Walkin' and Swingin'", "Night Life", "Holy Ghost" (composed by Larry Gales), "Autumn Leaves" (composed by Joseph Kosma), "Aries", "Taurus", "Virgo", "Anima Christi", "St. Martin de Porres". Excerpts from Bud Powell, "Cherokee" (composed by Ray Noble); Thelonious Monk "Monk's Dream"; Elmo Hope, "Eejah". Deanna Witkowski, "Intermission", composed by Mary Lou Williams and Milton Suggs, used with permission. From Deanna Witkowski's album Force of Nature.  This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    Highlights: Authority in marriage, anti-libertarianism, the scapular and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 74:03

    This episode contains clips of highlights from episodes 45 and 47-49 of the Catholic Culture Podcast. Episode 45—Libertarianism vs. Natural Law on Private Property Episode 47—Our Lady's Habit: Wearing and Loving the Brown Scapular—Fr. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm. Episode 48—Authority and Submission as Gift in Christian Marriage—Mary Stanford Episode 49—A Catholic Composer in Queen Elizabeth's Court, Pt. I—Kerry McCarthy

    120 - Maximilian Kolbe in Japan - Kevin Doak

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 50:11

    Unlikely as it may sound, Catholic fiction has a certain amount of mainstream appeal in Japanese literature. Sono Ayako, one of Japan's most famous novelists, wrote a novel about St. Maximilian Kolbe called Miracles, which has just been translated into English. Miracles is a semiautobiographical account of the author's personal investigation into the miracles approved by the Vatican for Kolbe's canonization. Her ambivalence towards her Catholic faith is challenged as she traces Kolbe's steps from his childhood to his self-sacrifice in Auschwitz, with his time in Japan standing in between as the ascetic crucible which made him a saint. Ayako writes: "Before he died, this priest flung a tough question like a red-hot iron rod at the dried-up soul of modern Man. The question was, 'what does it mean for us to love one another?'" Translator Kevin Doak joins the show to discuss Miracles, Catholic fiction in Japan (which extends far beyond Endo's Silence), and…Endo's Silence. Watch discussion on YouTube: Links Miracles Kevin Doak, “Beyond Endo: The Hidden Renaissance of Japanese Catholic Novelists” This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    119 - Gilson on the One Secular World Order - Peter Redpath

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 75:34

    Etienne Gilson's Metamorphoses of the City of God traces the quest of philosophers for a universal human society, as it gradually degraded from the heavenly city of which Augustine wrote to modern-day secular humanist globalism. It began with well-intentioned medieval thinkers who were overconfident in the capability of natural reason to unite the whole world in the Catholic faith - but this led gradually to a turning away from the rationally irreducible Christian mysteries and the person of Jesus Christ. Writing in 1952 as the European Union was beginning to emerge, Gilson also offered a critical assessment of various attempts to define Europe. Peter Redpath, co-founder of the International Etienne Gilson Society, joins the podcast to discuss this newly translated work. Links The Metamorphoses of the City of God Aquinas School of Leadership This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    118 - Music for the Joyful Mysteries - Mark Christopher Brandt

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 91:57

    Mark Christopher Brandt returns to the show to discuss his latest album, Joy, which is based on the structure of the Rosary. It features the family choir of Mark and his three daughters, accompanied by Mark on piano. Mark began composing this music in the mid-1990s, not knowing who would sing it, when only his first daughter had been born. On the eve of the new millenium, he decided to take a hiatus from his career as a jazz pianist in order to focus on his family and his spiritual life. In 2021, by the most marvelous and unexpected Providence, Mark's selfless fidelity to God and family has been rewarded a hundredfold in making an album with his children! In addition to the album itself (pieces of which you will hear in the episode), topics discussed include: Why artists should give credit to God for inspiration How Mark taught his daughters to be discerning about music Using music to reverence the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary A spiritual perspective on “artist's block” Watch discussion on YouTube: Links Buy CD copy of Joy (with free book of rosary meditations) and learn more about Mark Buy Joy on Qobuz (CD-quality digital purchase) Buy Joy on Amazon Music Buy Joy on Apple Music Thomas and Mark talk about working together on his album The Butterfly

    117 - Maritain's Art and Scholasticism, Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 87:20

    This is a crossover episode in which Thomas joins forces with Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt from the Online Great Books Podcast,  to discuss the classic essay Art and Scholasticism by Jacques Maritain. This episode covers beauty as a transcendental and its role in the fine arts, and intuition as the way we experience artistic beauty. The beauty of a work does not depend on the emotional effects it produces, nor can it be proven by analysis. We experience beauty intellectually, but by intuition rather than by thought. The hosts also digress into arguments over photography as a fine art, Glenn Gould, and craft beers. Links Pt. 1 of this discussion Buy Art and Scholasticism Read Art and Scholasticism for free online (inferior translation) Learn more about Online Great Books Join Online Great Books with 25% off your first three months via this link This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    116 - Maritain's Art and Scholasticism, Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 70:24

    This is a crossover episode in which Thomas joins forces with Scott Hambrick and Karl Schudt from the Online Great Books Podcast,  to discuss the classic essay Art and Scholasticism by Jacques Maritain. Maritain argues for an objective view of both art and the artist, bringing an orderly, scholastic, Thomistic approach to understanding aesthetics. Mirus says, "Maritain gets art better than any other philosopher who came before him in the Western Tradition." For Maritain, art is “a virtue of the practical intellect that aims at making." The virtue or habitus of art, Maritain writes, is not simply an “interior growth of spontaneous life”, but has an intellectual character and involves cultivation and practice. The trio also talks about how fine arts and practical arts have been cloven off. How can we hold them both in esteem without denigrating the other? Scott says, "If we really know what art is then we will be more connected to honest work— that will be a refuge from this intellectual confusion, this metaphysical disgustingness, around us." Links Buy Art and Scholasticism Read Art and Scholasticism for free online (inferior translation) Learn more about Online Great Books Join Online Great Books with 25% off your first three months via this link This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    115 - A Bishop's Stand on Gender Ideology - Fr. Stephen Schultz

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 58:24

    Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, recently issued “A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology”. The document takes a strong unequivocal stance against transgender ideology, down to practical specifics like telling the faithful we must not use transgender names and pronouns. Beyond that, it excels in showing how the Church's whole anthropology and theology are at stake in the transgender issue. Today's guest, Fr. Stephen Schultz, was one of the Bishop's advisers in drafting the document. Fr. Schultz is the director of the EnCourage apostolate in the Diocese of Arlington, and chaplain at St. Paul VI Catholic High School. Watch discussion on YouTube: Links “A Catechesis on the Human Person and Gender Ideology” EnCourage David Crawford and Michael Hanby, “The Abolition of Man and Woman” Acedia episode mentioned This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    114 - A Children's Book About Accepting Your Nature - Matthew Mehan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 42:06

    Writer Matthew Mehan returns to the show to discuss his new children's book co-authored with painter John Folley, The Handsome Little Cygnet. This lovely tale about a family of swans in Central Park is a much simpler book than their previous outing, but introduces children to the idea of accepting one's God-given nature. That is no small matter in a world which tantalizes the young with offers of a more exciting new identity just around the corner. But we need to know what we are in order to properly shape who we will become. Watch discussion on YouTube: Links The Handsome Little Cygnet Previous episode with Mehan: Teaching Children Self-Knowledge through the Liberal Arts This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    Is realism in modern fiction an aberration? w/ Joshua Hren

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 14:31

    In this outtake from episode 113, Thomas asks writer and editor Joshua Hren whether the turn to realism in modern fiction, a historical anomaly, is also a problem from a religious and philosophical point of view. Episode 113, Can a Novelist "Create" a Saint? This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    113 - Can a Novelist "Create" a Saint? - Joshua Hren

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 67:24

    In his new book How to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic, fiction writer and editor Joshua Hren lays out an approach to Catholic literature that spans all the way from St. John Henry Newman called “a record of man in rebellion” to the other end of the continuum, which is a representation of the Beatific Vision. Topics discussed include: How important is beauty to fiction? Will beauty save the world? The importance of particularity; Carmelite vs. Ignatian views of imagination Newman and Augustine on the uses, limitations, and dangers of indulging sentiments about fictional characters Can the action of grace be dramatized? Can the life of holiness be fictionalized? The depiction of repentance, conversion and the lasting effects of sin in authors like Balzac and O'Connor Joshua Hren is the founder and editor of Wiseblood Books as well as, with James Matthew Wilson, founder of a new creative writing MFA program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, which is also discussed in the episode. Watch discussion on YouTube: Links How to Read (and Write) Like a Catholic MFA program Wiseblood Books Listen to Newman's sermon “The Danger of Accomplishments” at Catholic Culture Audiobooks Read “The Danger of Accomplishments” Previous interview with Joshua Hren, “The Flannery-Haunted World” Follow this link to join the Online Great Books VIP waiting list and get 25% off your first 3 months: This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    Apology and Retractions about the Vaccine Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 25:58

    This is an apology for and retraction of some things that were said in Episode 106 of the Catholic Culture Podcast, a discussion of the morality of COVID vaccines.

    112 - Walker Percy's Angelic-Bestial Future - Jessica Hooten Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 48:10

    "Now in these dread latter days of the old violent beloved U.S.A. and of the Christ-forgetting Christ-haunted death-dealing Western world I came to myself in a grove of young pines and the question came to me: has it happened at last?" So wonders Dr. Tom More, a descendant of the great English martyr, in the first sentence of Walker Percy's third novel, Love in the Ruins: The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at Time near the End of the World. Written in 1971, this prophetic work presents a world startlingly like our own. Today's guest, literary scholar Jessica Hooten Wilson, joins the show to give a general introduction to Percy and discuss aspects of what is for many his most beloved novel, Love in the Ruins, which she describes as a "panoramic satire" indicating that modernity's “lost sense of self makes it impossible to live the good life”. Topics include: How Percy's Southernity informed his fiction His keen and ruthless observation of race relations His recurring commentary on the modern disjunction between mind and body, what protagonist Tom More calls oscillation between the angelic and the bestial His use of apocalyptic themes His treatment of love between men and women The lasting significance of his work Links Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins Jessica Hooten Wilson JHW, Reading Walker Percy's Novels JHW, Walker Percy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and the Search for Influence Follow this link to join the Online Great Books VIP waiting list and get 25% off your first 3 months: This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    111 - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Anthony Esolen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 96:54

    Today we discuss one of the greatest Arthurian tales, told by one of the most virtuosic poets in the history of English, an anonymous priest of the 14th century. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells us a lot about courtesy, original sin, and grace, all bound up in an enormously entertaining story about a giant, decapitation-surviving green knight. Poet and critic Anthony Esolen joins the show to discuss the poem, its Middle English dialect, and the tradition of alliterative verse. Watch discussion on YouTube: Links Marie Boroff's translation of the complete works of the Gawain-poet Simon Armitage's facing-page translation including the original Middle English Dana Gioia essay, "Accentual Verse" Magdalen College, where Esolen teaches, still has spaces open in its 2021 freshman class! Anthony Esolen, The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord Esolen on his poem The Hundredfold Esolen discusses Stagecoach on Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast Follow this link to join the Online Great Books VIP waiting list and get 25% off your first 3 months: This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    Highlights: Garrigou-Lagrange, Dana Gioia, Tolkien's metaphysics, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 90:20

    This episode contains clips of highlights from episodes 38-41 and 44 of the Catholic Culture Podcast. 38 - Garrigou-Lagrange, The Sacred Monster of Thomism - Matthew Minerd 39 - Composing Liturgical Music That's Noble, Accessible...and Sacred - Paul Jernberg 40 - Tolkien and Aquinas - Jonathan McIntosh 41 - The Neo-Colonial West Is Forcing Abortion on Africa - Obianuju Ekeocha 44 - Catholics Need Poetry. But Do We Want It? - Dana Gioia This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    BONUS: Interview with Lourdes documentary writer Sixtine Leon-Dufour

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 58:57

    In this interview originally from Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast, Thomas Mirus and James Majewski interview Sixtine Leon-Dufour, writer of the new Lourdes documentary, one of the best religious films in recent years. She discusses: -Her background caring for the sick at Lourdes -How she convinced the Lourdes authorities to give secular filmmakers unprecedented shooting access to this holy place -How a documentary about a Marian pilgrimage got the support of a large French secular film studio and became a big success -Depicting the wide range of people at Lourdes -How the filmmakers found sick people who would let them film intimate and painful parts of their life -The role of the writer of a documentary -Why people come to Lourdes even if they are not hoping for a miracle Watch this interview on YouTube: Links Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast Watch our review of Lourdes: Check here to find out where Lourdes is playing (including upcoming virtual screenings): Want to bring LOURDES to your town? Contact Distrib Films (in Brooklyn). The contact is François Scippa- Kohn, who can be reached by email at Watch the trailer: This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

    110 - Woke Idols, Woke Pathologies - Noelle Mering

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 48:24

    Noelle Mering joins the show to discuss her new book Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology. Topics discussed include: The core principles of woke ideology: group over person, will over reason, power over authority Proof that ideology is what really matters to the woke, more than membership in a victim group   How Frankfurt School thinkers, who combined neo-Marxism with neo-Freudianism, influenced the training of American schoolteachers The feedback loop between immorality, ensuing misery, and bad ideas   Why today's progressivism is driven to destroy innocence   Fundamental differences between woke ideology and Christianity Self-knowledge and self-accusation, antidotes to the woke worldview Links Buy Awake, Not Woke Noelle Mering Theology of Home

    109 - A Catholic in the NYC Ballet - Claire Kretzschmar

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 54:20

    Claire Kretzschmar, a dancer and soloist with the New York City Ballet, joins the show to discuss her path to becoming a professional dancer, the challenges and joys of being a Catholic in the ballet world, and the spiritual value of dance. She also discusses a beautiful dance film which she choreographed for the NYC Ballet this year, and the Catholic arts community she founded in New York City, of which Thomas is a part. In the YouTube version of this interview, Claire's full dance film is shown at the 20:46 mark (used with permission of NYC Ballet). Links Claire's dance film, "Rachmaninoff Suite" New York Times profile of Claire, "Rehearse, Ice Feet, Repeat: The Life of a New York City Ballet Corps Dancer" Follow Claire on Instagram to keep up with her dance performances in NY and NC Arthouse 2B - Catholic arts events in NYC Litany - ethical, modest Catholic fashion This episode was filmed by Chris Amodio. This podcast is a production of If you like the show, please consider supporting us!

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