Another Webburst. And I warn you, dear Reader, Webbursts are a place ‘where I let my hair down’ with little expectation of coherence. Be warned then, and stop here, if you like. Sometimes I stammer … Stammer when I cannot complete my thoughts in a fullness that pleases. But even stammering may yet have [...]
We write today just a very brief little note – a brief webburst about Hope. For at this website, we have been offering a grim picture of the modern world. And in the weeks ahead, as we continue to unpack Hilaire Belloc’s diagnosis of the modern world, we may sound even grimmer. What then of [...]
From Our Webstore/ Catholic Arts In introducing this Webstore selection, let us start with the Amazon description first: ‘Architects, says Rose, have always understood that architecture isn’t inconsequential. Sacred architecture, in particular, has an immense influence on how people think and feel — and even on how they pray and believe. In Tiers of Glory [...]
Personal Webburst: I thought my book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum was basically finished long ago. But how much checking, re-checking, thinking, re-thinking still seems necessary. Before one sends out the major statement of one’s life, significant moral enquiry is obviously needed too. I hope it will not be too much longer. In all of this, I [...]
Just an odd, little personal webburst here. And a warning: what follows dear Reader may seem like little more than a glorified advertisement. You have been warned. Stop reading if you have become overly allergic to this virus of the modern world. I certainly understand … That being said, for anyone who may be interested [...]
Last year I did a very personal Webburst looking back at the most important posts from the first year. And I thought I would do the same this year. There do seem to be numerous people discovering this site, looking over past pages. For which attention I am grateful. Still a mass of nearly 200 [...]
How many of use Google regularly, I wonder? And how many of us are being Googled? By this I mean to call attention to the way Google subtly (or not so subtly) directs our attention … How it shapes and focuses us. This is just a webburst – that is part of my blog for [...]
After the last Webburst (here) I found a continuation of the same thoughts bursting out of me: Not so long ago, I met a thoughtful, university-educated man, who seemed to have a notably less materialistic, more spiritual orientation to life. On reading something I’d written, he asked me what a Sacrament was. I told him. [...]
Frequent reception of the Sacraments as the doorway to His Sacred Heart.
Just a very personal Webburst to say that Kim and I warmly thank whichever unknown friends in America have been using the Amazon links to support this site. It means a lot to us. Speaking very personally, I hope I am aware of the potential for vanity in asking for this support. Why should this [...]
Unless I change my mind at the last minute, this site will be taking a new direction this weekend … But before I begin in earnest, one last personal and fragmentary webburst. Writing in Meditations on the Tarot, the incomparable Valentin Tomberg writes in ways that may scandalise the modern mind. For example in referring [...]
Recently I indicated new directions for this site that will unfold over the new year. My meditations over this Christmas and on the state of the world have prompted these. But I still need to meditate more as to how best to take this new track. Still a certain hint can be given. And for [...]
Odd … and perhaps worth a webburst. This morning by complete accident – it would seem – I stumbled upon a thoroughly mainstream text that is really quite apposite. Apposite. My computer’s dictionary has for this word ap·po·site adj especially well suited to the circumstances Now the circumstances in this case are the new directions [...]
Travelling through France, blessed by Our Lady of Pontmain, the fourth great Marian Apparition of Nineteenth Century France.
A tribute now, to a very special place. Loublande … Just at the very edge of the Vendée. But still belonging to the territory of the Counter-Revolution … with the same tradition and the same piety anchored here, as well. But there is still more to Loublande … Loublande. Unforgettable Loublande. Loublande a small village, [...]
Travelling through the Vendée, one finds a different France: the France of the Counter Revolution in honour of the Sacred Heart.
Fragmentary: Like the Pyramids along the Nile … Like the Sphinx … These are things I have remarked to myself, privately till now, in these travels through France. For how often it has felt like I behold the relics of a long-lost civilisation. True, many of these weather-beaten crucifixes along the roads are barely a [...]
Fragments of a soul beholding the death of the Church in France: In the past, how my liberal Catholic heart failed to FEEL the Tragedy of the Church. Still further in the past, how my unconscious liberal New Age heart had not the least idea of any of this. In the past, how I failed [...]
More fragments. Very personal: Travelling through France. So very hard to find a daily Mass. But here appears to me an opportunity. Yet another half-dead convent – the second half dead convent we have found which appears like this. The aged sisters dressed as to be nigh-indistinguishable from the non-religious state. No young at all. [...]
Continued Soul Fragments: This church in Montauban has served me. Has served to remind once again of what France once had. Even still in the Nineteenth Century, after the Revolution, but before the Third Republic. This France … La Vraie France … fostered all that still breathes in this church in Montauban. This open church [...]