Hell

My High Holy Day

All the decorations are up, folks are frantically shopping and preparing, and the anticipation is almost killing me as I await the brightest, best moment of the whole liturgical year: Halloween, of course. As far back as I can remember, this feast far outclassed Christmas on my personal calendar. No matter that Santa brought piles [...]

The Other Inkling

We all know about the Inklings, that astounding coterie of men who met twice weekly for some years in the l940s and 1950s at Oxford to drink beer and talk about everything. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis are, of course, by far the best known of the group. But there was another [...]

Just Say ‘No’ to Brimstone

    Last week I made melancholy tribute to the shrinking cadre of men who heed the call to serve Christ's Church as priests, and tried to think of ways we can offer them human support while they go about God's business. Whenever I think about the question of calling, I'm reminded of my own [...]

Bear Wrongs Patiently

Me assuming the task of writing about "bearing wrongs patiently" is like asking the Incredible Hulk for anger management counseling or seeking out Britney Spears for tips on marriage and child-rearing. I don't bear wrongs very patiently. Why should I? Those people are wrong! They need to be set right! I'm only doing my Christian [...]

Creator Red in Tooth and Claw?

  Whenever the moral confusions facing our Church begin to trouble me, to give me the slightest sense that the gates of Hell really might be prevailing, I know what to do: Stop reading that document from the USCC -- just put it down, kick it across the room -- and pick up something more [...]

What’s Your Lust Index?

As I warned when I started my considerations of the Seven Deadly Sins and opposing Virtues, there will be a test. Seven of them, in fact, each inspired by Walker Percy's quizzes in his satirical work of apologetics, Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. It's a marvelous book: I only plagiarize the best. [...]

Sense and Nonsense: A Conversation with Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

  Crisis Magazine music critic Robert R. Reilly sat down with noted writer, political thinker, and Georgetown University professor Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., to talk about the life of the mind, the future of the West, and lessons learned over a long career in education. ♦           ♦           ♦ Robert R. Reilly: What is the [...]

Envy: I See You in Hell

  This week I'm wrapping up my sympathetic look at the Seven Deadly Sins, from the viewpoint of fallen man who's not really eager to climb back up. If zealous Christians can aptly be termed by theologians "Weebles" -- "These souls wobble but they don't fall down!" -- the much more numerous people for whom [...]

The Joy of Sloth

Two weeks ago, I promised to lay out for you, one week at a time, the "seven key areas of life where Jesus ruins our fun." By this I mean the categories of normal human experience that make up the bulk of our lives -- where our instincts, habits, and egos have patched together perfectly [...]

Concerning Eucharistic Desecration

For those who may have missed it, P. Z. Myers, a washed-up academic at a third-tier school who takes out his bitterness on Christians and calls it "science blogging," claimed that some human toothache named Webster Cook had received death threats for stealing a Eucharist and threatening to desecrate it. Reader John Farrell repeatedly tried [...]

A Conversation with James V. Schall, S.J., Part II

InsideCatholic.com music critic Robert R. Reilly sat down with noted writer, political thinker, and Georgetown University professor Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., to talk about the life of the mind, the future of the West, and lessons learned over a long career in education. This is the second part of the interview. Click here to [...]

Meditations on Hell

There is always togetherness in hell. On old icons we see crowds of people in chains. The opposite of this is heaven: a free, solitary flight and the growth of wings. Sin is linked with sin, hatred, self-loathing, and loathing of others — all chained together.   Hell. The spiritual sensation of hell can be [...]

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