Light of Light by Anthony Esolen

Illuminations

Light of Light

by Anthony Esolen

In these essays I have been like someone who wanders about a great mansion that has fallen into disrepair because for a long time no one has taken care of it, though many a wise and blessed squatter has come to visit once in a while and has saved from rain and rust, from moth and mouse and worm, some precious vessel or silken robe, some work of piety and beauty that past generations of Christians have bequeathed to our ungrateful, inattentive, and insipid age.

Often enough I myself do not know what I am looking at. A few weeks ago, I lectured on the imagination to a large group of Catholic schoolteachers, and we began with a streamlined version of Morning Prayer. The teachers didn't know what that was, so they had to be instructed by my host, as we all followed along from some printed pages. I couldn't blame them, because although I have been a Catholic all my life, it has been only very recently that I have learned to pray the hours, from the Roman Breviary. Mine is published by Baronius Press, and the only reason I have it at all is that I was asked to translate for it some hundred of the psalms.

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Anthony Esolen is a professor and writer-in-residence at Magdalene College of the Liberal Arts in Warner, New Hampshire. His many books include Sex in the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind, Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, and The Hundredfold: Songs for the Lord. He is a regular contributor to Chronicles, Crisis Magazine, The Claremont Review, Inside the Vatican Things, The Catholic Thing, and American Greatness. He has translated Dante's Divine Comedy. He is a Roman Catholic and lives with his wife in New Hampshire. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.


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