Category Archive: Essays

Patience and Hope: The Fairytale of a Girl’s Dreams

“Bad guys avoid good girls, the way wimps avoid warriors…”

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Beauty and the Beast: Modern Disney vs. Classic Disney

“What kind of depth would be imparted to the characters, as told to a modern audience? What new spin would be placed on a ‘tale as old as time’?”

Easter in My Landscape: Celtic Reflections on the Season

“The joy of this interaction is intense. I carry him like a treasure into a thicket, near a great expanse of pasture, and away from the road…”

Jesus of Nazareth: Easter Classic Is Still Better Than Creepy Robots

“First released in time for Easter back in 1977, Franco Zeffirelli’s epic miniseries Jesus of Nazareth was a staple of American television for years…”

St. John Paul II: The Heroic Pope

“Saints exist, not for themselves, but for the Church…”

The Start of Russia’s Long Lent: An Appreciation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “The Red Wheel”

“The great Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn offers a profound and powerful meditation on the rise of the Bolsheviks in ‘The Red Wheel’…”

Happiness and Resolution: Lent as a Reset Button

“How can Lent become a spiritual reset button? Well, instead of merely abstaining from chocolate and meat and saying a few extra prayers, I decided to use Lent as a time to reevaluate my spiritual life.”

Pity for a Creature as Dark as Darkness: An Analysis of Gollum and Bilbo’s Encounter in “The Hobbit”

“He was desperate. He must get away, out of this horrible darkness, while he had any strength left. He must fight. He must stab the foul thing, put its eyes out, kill it…”