Dear Bill and the other fine folks at De Regno Christi,
I’m deeply honored to be a part of this group; thank you for the invitation. I would write more at the moment, but I’m in the middle of central Kansas, typing on my mother’s computer (the only one in the house with an internet connection). Additionally and more importantly, we’re about to celebrate my wife’s fortieth birthday.
Happily, we’re here (back home) in Kansas on spring break. Not surprisingly, the time with my family, the clear and open Kansas skies, and the very traditional values and genuine friendliness of central and western Kansans have done wonders for a tired soul.
I look forward to writing more in/with/on this much needed little platoon, this Christian Republic of Letters, De Regno Christi.
I will add one more thing to this email. Here are six tenets I’ve been thinking about, to add to Russell Kirk’s conservative canon from 1953, in an effort to bridge the divisions within Christendom and to reclaim the culture for those who love, admire, and worship the One True King.
•First, that the preservation of the seven cardinal virtues of the West, best understood through the stories of the exemplars of these virtues, is a sacred duty.
•Second, that one must understand history in metahistorical, theological, and poetic terms as did Virgil, St. Augustine, and Christopher Dawson.
•Third, one must embrace a proper anthropology, defining man by both his inherited sin and his received grace. The person, at root, is a being endowed with rationality, reason, and passion. He must, to be fully human, balance each of these tensions.
•Fourth, Christians (Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant)—in alliance with believing Jews and even virtuous pagans—must sanctify the world through the Grace of God. For men of good will to fight amongst themselves squanders precious time and resources, and it leaves the field to the many enemies of the humane.
•Fifth, the real struggle in the world is not between left and right, but between Christ and anti-Christ, between that which is humane and that which is anti-humane.
•Finally, true remembrance, preservation, and advocacy of all that is Good, True, and Beautiful, comes from a recognition that our highest form of understanding is derived from the reflection of the light of the Logos (Gospel of St. John 1:9) in our souls through the faculty of imagination. In this point, one must follow not just St. John, but Mary: “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Or, as St. Augustine put in it in his sermon on Psalm 58: “Of itself it hath no light, nor of itself powers; but all that is fair in a soul is virtue and wisdom; but it neither is wise for itself, nor strong for itself, nor is itself light to itself, nor is itself virtue to itself. There is a certain fountain and origin of virtue, there is a certain root of wisdom, there is a certain, so to speak, if this also is to be said, region of immutable truth; from which if the soul withdraws it is made dark and if it draws near it is made light.”
Well, I’m off to honor my wife and her grace, strength, and beauty.
God bless and thank you again for including me, Brad