Fr. Neuhaus and other in Dappled Things!

Hi all!

I just thought I’d let y’all know that the new issue of Dappled Things is now online. I’m very impressed. They have articles by some of my favorite authors: Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Peter Kreeft and Michael O’Brien.

Quoting Matthew Alderman from the Shrine of the Holy Whapping:

One final post before I cut my cybernetic umbilical cord, but I wanted all and sundry to know the joyful news that Dappled Things is, at long last, in print! Subscribers will soon be receiving their copies, filled with quality prose, poetry and art–including bonus materials you won’t find on our website! This quarter’s edition features a bouquet of Catholic authors and notables–Fr. Richard John Neuhaus and Michael D. O’Brien among them–revealing what work of literature has had the most profound effect on them, a dazzling poem by a promising new author about the Spartan sacrifice at the Battle of Thermopylae; a meditation on Botticelli’s unattainable women; and new art by painter Whitney Wolf. And for those of you interested in the continuing saga of the Motu Proprio, you might want to drop in to our archives and read up on the eastward position of the priest–Mass said ad orientem–that is such a large part of the old rite and ought to be part of the new. In any case, come and see!

This is a darn good magazine. Frankly, I’m surprised we don’t discuss it more often in these forums.

Yeah, it is really a pity. We spend too much time watching television, I think. But I did follow your link. I really like what Fr. Neuhaus had to say about Catholic literature, that in addition to the “Catholic imagination” that everyone talks about, that it is also grounded in particulars, that it doesn’t just fly off into out space but is grounded in concrete truths about human beings and the world they inhabit. I would make the argument that you can even see that in fantasy works like “The Lord of the Rings.” While everything occurs in a made-up world, all the peoples and characters that inhabit it reveal a different side of our human nature. In the end, it is those characters that are the most real, the most human (even if they’re hobbits!), that carry the day. But not without suffering and sacrifice. That sounds a lot like every man and woman’s spiritual journey to me.

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