The Met, the World, and the Mystery of Man

“I saw Eternity the other night,Like a great ring of pure and endless light,All calm, as it was bright;And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,Driv’n by the spheresLike a vast shadow mov’d; in which the worldAnd all her train were hurl'd."Henry Vaughan, "The World" The subways, streets, and sidewalks of New York are … Continue reading The Met, the World, and the Mystery of Man

Dostoyevsky, my Best Ever Confession, and Getting Sin Right

Of all the sacramental confessions I have done in my three years of Catholicism, I’ve only been complimented on one. I stepped into the confessional, stomach churning as usual, breathing hard under the weight of guilt. Kneeling down in the soft darkness, I took a deep breath, and began: “Bless me, Father, for I have … Continue reading Dostoyevsky, my Best Ever Confession, and Getting Sin Right

No Net Ensnares Me: Jane Eyre and Religious Life

There is no book I have loved so long, faithfully, and fruitfully as Jane Eyre. It's even more inspiring than fantasy, because it’s a story of ordinary life which is always teetering into the otherworldly and supernatural, leaving the reader restless in the dully material world and longing for something more. It’s seething with desolate … Continue reading No Net Ensnares Me: Jane Eyre and Religious Life

Montgomery, Cats, Death, and Redemption

Anne of Green Gables is an afterthought when I think of Lucy Maud Montgomery. I grew up on her pantheon of classic novels, which on the surface comprise cheerful sketches of rural midcentury life, but that are always veering away from cheerful sketches of rural midcentury life into gothic romanticism. Anne is her most popular … Continue reading Montgomery, Cats, Death, and Redemption