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R. N. Pierce

Hunchback Nation

In our decadent age, many perceive any duty or constraints on our immediate pleasure as burdens bending our backs to the ground, yet we stand no straighter when we shrug our burdens onto others. 

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Hunchback Nation

In our decadent age, many perceive any duty or constraints on our immediate pleasure as burdens bending our backs to the ground, yet we stand no straighter when we shrug our burdens onto others. 

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Sunday Obligation

He greets the Sabbath like most other days bleary and bold, chews his toast until it’s cold then half puts on his pants and sweater

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On Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri

With its incredible synthesis of history, emotion, and man’s desire to make beautiful things for God, may it be a fruitful inspiration for our contemplative life, especially during this Lenten season.

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Liberal Arts and Illiberal Artifacts

If by “essay” is understood, au fond, an artifact, an intellectual property, then undergraduate plagiarism is a kind of conversion or unauthorized, unacknowledged use of another’s property, namely, as a token in exchange for course credit, and (cumulatively) for what is called a credential.  Into this context, ChapGPT enters as the unsettling emergence of the custom, counterfeit artifact, pawn of a “plagiarism” sans conversion of anyone’s intellectual property, and thus de facto proof against conventional source-searching, to boot. That context, however familiar, belongs to the illiberal academy, trading in illiberal artifacts, that is, trading in academic commodities, things with conventional uses, instrumental goods.  It should be no surprise if students, evading inconvenient convention, seek instrumental goods without the trouble of confecting them. That latter possibility, as Aristotle noted long ago, is the mark of such goods.

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How Wonder Will Set You Free

After Plato and Aristotle, Judeo-Christian revelation disclosed to us that we are persons, created in the image and likeness of God, and that we are called to be with Him. Christian revelation discloses to us that Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is Truth-in-person, and that the world is a sign, a sacrament, of the love and truth of the Trinity. Our ultimate vocation is the beatific vision of the Trinity. 

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Fiat Lux

A St. Lucia’s Day Meditation on Light, Darkness, and Creation

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A Founder’s Dilemma

As I see the world my kids will inherit crumbling before us, all I see is a problem of education. So much damage was done in my parents’ generation. I don’t want to die knowing I could have done more. Civilization stands or falls on education. Can it really work? I knew that if AMI was going to flourish, it had to be done very differently. Besides the published branding collateral you’ve seen a lot of, there are a few hidden steps we decided on early in the endeavor. 

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The Statue of the Holy Child of Ara Coeli: an Immemorial Roman Tradition 

This parade of historical events, however, would probably mean very little for most ordinary Romans, who in the past would come and visit this basilica especially during Advent and during the Christmas period, to offer their prayers to the wooden statue of the Holy Child of Aracoeli – il Santo Bambino, or, in the Roman vernacular, er Pupone, an affectionate expression that makes gentle fun of the statue’s puffy cheeks.

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Feeling Without Thinking

Our world places a great deal of emphasis on acting upon our emotions, or “passions.” “Do what you feel is right,” trusted advisers tell us.

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Plato's Republic

PLATO’S REPUBLIC

The Republic is the most complete attempt by Plato to articulate and answer the question, “What is the best way of life for a human being?” It is

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