Issue 016: An Angel, a Saint, and the Foibles of Modern Entertainment
Happy October! It’s the month of the Holy Rosary, and (less officially) the month to honor the angels, especially our guardian angels. Let us honor our Lady with frequent Rosaries, and call upon the angels often with gratitude.
This issue, we offer you some contrasts with our articles: modern culture’s myths and desires contrasted with the goodness and humility of saints. We hope you enjoy, and thank you for reading!
— The Editors
Modernist Hobbits in Amazon’s The Rings of Power
One of the most enduring myths of modernism is the “Noble savage,” or the primal energy of youth, which brings with it contact with “the new truth” for “the new age” via contact with a living spirit. Is this what inspired the Harfoots of The Rings of Power? Read on here.
What (BBC’s) Father Brown Should Have Said
G.K. Chesterton fans may be disappointed in the BBC’s TV series. Why? Read on here.
“Who is Like God?”: Honoring the Archangel Michael’s Humility
When Lucifer issued his famous non serviam—“I will not serve”—and refused to bend the knee to God, it was the angel Michael who shamed the devil. Let us imitate his humility, and call upon his aid in spiritual battles: read on here.
St. Francis and the Romance of Orthodoxy
To a world that insists it always needs the latest product, a new iPhone every year, St. Francis gives the example of a man who rejected ordinary material comforts of life to live as a beggar. To a world that sees life as boredom, St. Francis retained a childlike wonder at the world. Even death, the death of which modern man seems so terrified, was to Francis a sister. Read about how St. Francis stands against modern attitudes here.
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