Illuminations

Seven Gems from Calvary

by Anthony Esolen

When people ask me how they can bring back into their lives and their worship some of our great heritage of Christian art, music, and poetry, I ask them instead why they would hesitate to do something, anything, to make it happen. Suppose you knew that in your attic was a chest filled with photographs of Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Sheridan, and Lee, taken by Matthew Brady. Suppose there were also letters written and signed by the president, unknown to scholars, and a daguerreotype of him dated March 1865, also unknown. Surely you would pack up provisions and take that long trek up to the attic. You would turn the knob and open the door. . . .

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Anthony Esolen is a professor at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire, and the author of many books, including Life Under Compulsion (ISI Books), Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (Tan, with a CD), Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (Regnery), and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord (Ignatius Press, 2019). He has also translated Dante's Divine Comedy (Random House). He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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