Festal Joy by Anthony Esolen

Illuminations

Festal Joy

by Anthony Esolen

I have seen enough of secular life in the academy to make the following claim, which I have made in various forms over the last ten years: Man is united only from above, never from below. Only when he and his fellows turn their eyes toward the transcendent will they ever forget their reasons for hatred or suspicion or mere separation from one another, and be brothers again. Irene Dunne, one of the Roman Catholic conservatives in Hollywood in the days when that sink of iniquity was still half-sane and half-decent, used to say that we will never know the brotherhood of man without the fa . . .