A Musical Evocation of Chaos by Joseph Haydn

    Last week’s musical selection was “The  Heavens are Telling” from Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, an oratorio called The Creation. There are three parts to the oratorio as a whole. The first part deals with the creation of the heavens and earth, and inanimate things such as light, water, land and plants.The subject of the second part […]

Newspeak and the Word of God

If you want to change the Church, if you want to change the beliefs that have animated Christians for two millennia, you need to take away the concrete images, the traditional words, and the familiar actions that embody the traditional understanding of the faith. 

A Sin is a Sin: St. Thomas and Conscience

St. Thomas by Francesco Gessi

     “What is truth?” I seem to remember someone raising the question somewhere.  For the idealogue, “truth” is whatever promotes the ideology, and if it happens to correspond with reality that’s fine; if it doesn’t, no problem, we’ll make something up. Followers of  Him who is “The Way, The Truth, and The Life” (John 14:6) know better . . […]

The Bigger They Come, The Harder They Fall: The Conversion of St. Paul

Caraggio Conversion St. Paul

How many times have we seen that the more formidable the opponent, the more dramatic the impact when he comes crashing down? The nascent Church faced just such an opponent in the days after the ascension of Jesus, an opponent much more formidable than the fighters James Jeffries and Robert Fitzsimmons put together.

“Choice” and the Father of Lies

AntiChrist taking orders

Truth is the mortal enemy of Sin.  There is nothing sin hates and fears more than the truth.  Few issues illustrate that reality as starkly as abortion.  In Roe v. Wade the court sacrificed the Truth of Human Life to the Untrammelled Human Will.

I Show You The Times: The Truth v. The Narrative

Ultimately, it comes down to a matter of truth. Our Lord tells us “He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and he who is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” (Luke 16:10) How can we hope to be faithful to Him Who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6) if we’re not faithful to the ordinary everyday truths?

The Drama of Salvation: Agnus Dei from Mozart’s Coronation Mass

Sacrificial Lamb Josefa de Obidos

   Catholic Christianity has been blessed with a vast array of artists of every sort whose manifold talents have brought glory to God. There are poets as different as Dante Alighieri and Gerard Manley Hopkins, we have Carravaggios and Michelaengelos in the visual arts, and there are a whole list of Catholic composers including Monteverde, […]

Rights, Solidarity, and the Truth

  . . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32)      I’ll bet you’re tired of talking about COVID.  I certainly am.  The curious little virus (SARS-CoV-2) from Wuhan (or, more accurately, our reactions to it) has tyrannized not just conversation but public life for almost two years now, […]

Forget the Tech Tyrants: Our Hope is in The Lord (One Year Later)

Hope in the Lord

One year ago I started this blog, Spes in Domino, in large part because I felt the need for independent voices, even small, insignificant voices like mine, to provide some alternative to the increasingly totalitarian dominance of tech giants such as Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, and Google.  I had previously run two blogs on Blogger, but hadn’t […]