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Sigrid Undset is best known for her novel Kristin Lavransdatter, which earned her the Nobel Prize in 1928. Although she is acclaimed for the historical and psychological realism of this portrait of a 14th Norwegian woman, her novels also contain a deeper layer of richness that can only properly be appreciated through a theological lens.
In this lecture, Fr. Snyder presents some of Undset’s stories of conversion in light of St. Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of grace. Undset’s writings illustrate to modern readers the beauty of a heart transformed by the God who is ever ancient and ever new.
Daniel C. Mattson, author of the new book “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace” discusses his personal journey to and from a gay identity and details the importance for the Church to have a prophetic role in the world in reclaiming sexual reality.
Large and Startling Figures
Flannery O’Connor’s Postmodern Apologetic
with Dr. Frederick C. Bauerschmidt
Writing to a friend in the mid-1950s, the American fiction writer Flannery O’Connor noted that we live in an age in which “the moral sense has been bred out of certain sections of the population, like the wings have been bred off certain chickens to produce more white meat on them….This is a Generation of wingless chickens, which I suppose is what Nietzsche meant when he said God was dead.” In such a situation, she felt, subtlety could not work: “you have to make your vision apparent by shock—to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.” Dr. Bauerschmidt explores how, through her fiction, O’Conner presented her Catholic vision by means of grotesque and often shockingly violent tales in which the absolute demands of belief clash with postmodern indifference, attempting to open jaded modern readers to the possibility of transcendent truth.
Listen Dr. Carrie Gress provides a thoroughly researched bird’s eye view of the significant cultural and military events mediated through Mary on behalf of her spiritual children. From miraculous victories to the soaring heights of culture, you have never seen Mary like this before.
Virtually everyone supports religious liberty, and virtually everyone opposes discrimination. But how do we handle the hard questions that arise when exercises of religious liberty seem to discriminate unjustly? How do we promote the common good while respecting conscience in a diverse society?
Listen as John Corvino, a longtime LGBT-rights advocate, opposite Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, prominent young social conservatives discuss these questions and more.
What does it mean to be pro-life?This three-part series, co-sponsored by the National Review Institute and the Catholic Information Center, will explore how religious believers can foster a radical culture of hospitality and loving support for unplanned pregnancies, adoptions, and children who find themselves without the generous support of family and community.
What does it mean to be pro-life? This three-part series, co-sponsored by the National Review Institute and the Catholic Information Center, will explore how religious believers can foster a radical culture of hospitality and loving support for unplanned pregnancies, adoptions, and children who find themselves without the generous support of family and community.
Listen as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput gives a bold critique of today’s America from his new book, “Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World. Alongside Mary Eberstadt and Michael Hanby, the Archbishop provides a provocative look at the post-Christian public square and the gradual erosion of the religious faith and freedom that have marked it for so long.