Author: Anthony Esolen

We forget Joseph toiled to find a place for Mary to give birth. We don’t remember how Our Lady suffered the wintry cold. We feel comfortable when we recall the cave where Christ was born. But it doesn’t cross our mind that the straw the Infant slept on “probably stank as old straw stinks in stables”. (Image by  Br. Josemaría Guzmán-Domínguez, O.P.)

The Poorest of the Poor

The Lord has commanded us to assist the poor. This is not an option. How shall we do it? One of the paradoxical results of obsessive political agitation is that it makes political discussions almost impossible. Imagine someone on a sickbed, afflicted with a disease that makes the lightest touch upon the skin feel like a thorn or a lighted […]

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Why Do Young People Leave the Faith (Image by Joseph Redfield:Pixabay)

Why Do Young People Leave the Faith?

Why do young people leave the Faith? I was asked that question the other day, and I replied, off the cuff, that it was two things: Their imaginations had not been formed by the Faith and our magnificent heritage of arts and letters, and they wanted to have sex. Most of the reasons that people give are either variations of […]

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The last book of the Bible says that at the end of time, the New Jerusalem (also called the Holy City) will come down from heaven and be the place where Christ and His people live (Pinterest)

Waiting for the New Jerusalem

A few years ago, in Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, I wrote that the recognition of same-sex pseudogamous relations—the acceptance of a lie, that a man can in fact mate with another man, or a woman with a woman—would make it even harder than it already is for us to see that man is made for woman and woman for man, and […]

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Male and Female He Created Them. And for a Good Reason (Image Almos Bechtold)

Male and Female He Created Them. And for a Good Reason

It has been just six years since I wrote Defending Marriage: Twelve Arguments for Sanity, warning against the fantasy that two members of the same sex can marry one another, when they cannot even have sexual relations but can only mimic them. I founded my arguments not upon Scripture or the teaching of the Church—indeed I did not refer to them at all—but […]

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Who is My Enemy?

Who is My Enemy?

We are trying to live the faith in a bad time. The engines of the mass phenomena are all ranged against us: schools and colleges, television, newspapers, Hollywood, and government. Our leaders bring to mind the state of affairs that Donne describes in his plea to God to take him by storm: Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend, […]

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