The Catholic Historical Imagination

By Rollin Lasseter Restoring the Catholic Historical Imagination” — my title for this paper — is itself problematic. Why should anyone want to restore an imagination of history, that record of what J.R.R. Tolkien called “the long defeat”? At first glance,...

The Math of Music

By Andrew Seeley I distinctly remember my first whiff of the ancient idea that music is a liberal art. I was probably 9 or 10 years old. My older brother and I were listening to some music (maybe a cool early Elton John album my brother owned), and he mentioned that...

A Life of Adventure: Tolkien’s Catholic Moral Imagination

By Andrew Seeley J.R.R. Tolkien once suggested that the great desire of Elves was to realize “imagined wonder” so powerfully that they and their hearers could almost forget the story wasn’t real. Many readers, especially the young, find themselves gripped almost that...

Magnificat

I have many reasons for wanting to recommend the monthly magazine,Magnificat. Magnificat is a powerful tool for connecting any Catholic community with the liturgical and spiritual rhythms of the life of the Church. At over 400 pages each month, Magnificat features the...