Let me start with another little personal notice … That notice is to say this website will be interrupted again perhaps three or four weeks while Kim, myself and our daughter relocate from Liverpool to Ireland. For myself, it will be a profound joy to be living, once again, not only in my [...]
Introduction: What follows is a very personal, autobiographical piece regarding my own conversion journey from New Age mysteries to the Catholic Mystery. It is taken from my upcoming book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum. Now, ripping extracts like this from a book’s totality is no easy thing. For the book supplies a great deal of context [...]
Today is the Feast of Christ the King. And how Kim and I have been blessed today by a high Latin Mass celebrated today by the Institute of Christ the King … Now, it is a truism that the Catholic Church has changed a great deal since Vatican II. It is also a truism [...]
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 [...]
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Roger has recently posted a long piece, on the traditional nature of the Catholicity of Valentin Tomberg. This piece was written largely in response to questions and comments by a reader of the site. Having read the article, I am struck by the theme of obedience, of giving oneself over to the authority of a [...]
These days most of us grew up with an education provided by the State. And most of us will have been warped by that education. At least, such is the considered view of figures as wildly and radically opposed as Rudolf Steiner and Hilaire Belloc. Wildly opposed: strange, mutually hostile figures meet in this [...]
Or: An Open Letter on the Salvation of the World APOLOGIA This Page is in process of a regrettable Deconstruction. The Deconstruction will be ongoing over the days ahead. We will explain the reasons for this regrettable Deconstruction and aim for a Reconstruction with most of this material and indeed expanded on. Until [...]
“Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations that they may be preserved from degeneration, disaster and war.” So runs the second petition of a prayer, which – according to reports already available in the 1950s – had issued forth from Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin in the Netherlands. Degeneration, disaster, war – [...]
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‘The sickness of the West today is that it is more and more lacking creative élan. The Reformation, rationalism, the French revolution, materialistic faith of the nineteenth century, and the Bolshevik revolution, show that everywhere mankind is turning away from the Virgin. The consequence of this is that the sources of creative spiritual élan are [...]
I have been writing here, a very personal series of reflexions, uncomfortably personal … I want to start picking up the threads now and drawing to a close in the next two or three entries. At the heart of this little series has been my own painful struggle with modernity. The crisis of our modern [...]
From Valentin Tomberg on Charles de Gaulle of France, Pope Paul VI and averting chaos in the Catholic Church in 1968.
Very personal thoughts regarding Valentin Tomberg and the French Counter Revolutionary tradition of the Sacred Heart.
Further reflexions on Valentin Tomberg and the Catholic Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which commenced in Paray-le-Monial, France through the Apparitions to St Margaret Mary.
Catholic France, the Sacred Heart, Valentin Tomberg and Paray-le-Monial … some very personal reflexions.
Hello again Friends, Known and Unknown, This weblog starts up again … after months of winter. And although most of the time, I resist the temptation to very personal and informal writing at this blog – I’ll make an exception here. (Note the contractions I wouldn’t normally use). Many personal events have sharpened my awareness [...]
Stratford Caldecott’s All Things Made New serves to wonderfully restore symbolism and numerological correspondences to the Catholic imagination.
O Eliphas Lévi, how I struggle with your legacy! Eliphas Lévi, born in Paris in 1810, ordained a Catholic deacon in 1835, later author of books on esotericism and dubious magic, later penitent and lover of Christ, who not only knew that Christ established the way of tears in the world of the serpent, but [...]
For my part, it has been striking to note a metaphor used in common, by both Valentin Tomberg and Malachi Martin – those two great defenders of the Catholic Tradition who witnessed and deplored the changes in the Church during the 1960’s. For regarding the Second Vatican Council and its outcomes, both of these immensely [...]
The relics of the Saint in the Basilica in Ars. Photo courtesy of Laifen. O St John-Marie-Baptiste Vianney! Who, what were you?! If I think back to my New Age days, I can still imagine answering such a question with words like: “Vast, cosmic, superhuman …” For words like “holy” or “saint” were not very [...]