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Stratford Caldecott

Stratford Caldecott
Stratford Caldecott (1953-2014) was a Senior Contributor to The Imaginative Conservative. He was the editor of the Humanum Review, and co-editor of Second Spring. He authored Beauty for Truth’s Sake, Beauty in the Word, All Things Made New, The Power of the Ring, The Seven Sacraments, Not as the World Gives: The Way of Creative Justice and The Radiance of Being. Dr. Caldecott was also a Research Fellow at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford.
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The birth of a child is not a completely new beginning but it changes everything. It is a revelation that transforms us. The baby existed before, but now we can see its face. In this case, the unique...
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I have written here about the salvation to be found in an English tea ceremony. Coffee on the other hand, I have always thought of as an American drink. I was introduced to great-tasting coffee a...
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There is a book that caught my attention and may well hold it to the end of my life. Written by an English hermit—Priest-Monk Silouan, a convert to Orthodoxy now living in a retreat...
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There is a perfect cup of tea. An Englishman knows it can occur most easily at 4 pm (or, say, 8 am), when the solar system is aligned in a particular way. When in a foreign country,...
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The imagination of the child is very powerful, and sometimes we can still recall the mystery with which it invested the pages of the comic books we devoured when young. There is an atmosphere, a richness,...
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The bonds between the Church, the Holy Family, and the “domestic church” founded on the sacrament of marriage are intimate and profound. In a host of formal and informal pronouncements and teachings, Pope John Paul II consistently...
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The theological dimension is needed both for interpreting and solving present-day problems in human society. - John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 55 God Himself is a society. - G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 8 First...
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Will the world end with a bang, or just a whimper, as T.S. Eliot predicted? Or will nobody notice at all? An eerie silence, as everyone listens to an endless stream of digital music on their...
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To what extent are the differences between man and woman rooted in the soul, rather than just the body? If the soul is the "form" of the body, one might assume that masculinity and femininity are...
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St. Thomas Aquinas This is a golden age of scientific discovery. Nevertheless, the most basic things about ourselves remain a mystery. What is consciousness, for example? It is clearly correlated with processes happening in the...
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Michael S. Schneider's wonderful work A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe, which I recommended in Beauty for Truth's Sake, is linked to a lot of classroom teaching that Michael has...
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Few Britons and fewer Americans, I suspect, know much about the Prince of Wales, except that he is first in line to the throne. But in fact his vast range of public and charitable works,...
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Gerard Manley Hopkins You might like to compare Tolkien's "Ainulindale" (the Elvish account of the creation of the world through music, in The Silmarillion), with the following meditation on the Exercises of St...
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Ecologists tell us that the interdependence of all living things makes the world more than a mechanism, more than the sum of its parts, perhaps even...