Patriarchal History and the Gender Cold War

   Gender consciousness has receded behind race consciousness in the past two years due to the George Floyd incident, but it is still a salient issue.  Indeed, it is more pervasive, since it spans across race, ethnicity, and culture.  Between divorce statistics, radical feminist calls to ‘freedom,’ a resentful implosion of male identity, and the hermaphroditic… Continue reading Patriarchal History and the Gender Cold War

Five Days of Wisdom. Day 4: Contemplation

 ‘My name is Contemplation,’ she said, ‘and I am one of the daughters of Wisdom.  You must rise and follow me.’  …    John felt no doubt of her and gathered himself together and leaped.  His leap carried him further than he had intended–though he felt no suprise…and the Lady was there by his side. …… Continue reading Five Days of Wisdom. Day 4: Contemplation

Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary

And further do I pray thee, heavenly Queen      With thy protection render him secure   From human impulse; for this boon the saints,   With Beatrice, thronging fold hands and implore.                                    -Paradiso Canto XXXIII, 34-39     Mary, “the handmaiden of the LORD,” is the figure of Lady Wisdom in the culminating stanzas of the Commedia,… Continue reading Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary

Rahab and Salmon: a Match made in Heaven

The best  love story between a man and a woman in all of history has to be assembled from broken fragments.  The story is largely lost upon this generation, because the popular concept of romance as a falling into sensual gravity is exactly the opposite of how this love story begins: in the house of… Continue reading Rahab and Salmon: a Match made in Heaven