Author Archives: John Jalsevac

About John Jalsevac

I am a PhD student in philosophy.

Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault

A lot of people are mad about the new translation of the Roman Catholic Mass. For my part, I have always had a phobia of debates about liturgical arcana, which somehow seem to sap the vitality of my liturgical fervor … Continue reading

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This Christmas, don’t just do something, stand there

Christmas isn’t quite what it used to be, is it? And I’m not referring the usual laundry list of grievances that makes us religious fundamentalist extremists (i.e. Christians) seriously ponder setting up a utopian commune on a deserted Mediterranean island: … Continue reading

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You don’t know jack about Handel’s Messiah (probably)

You know how sometimes you think you know something, but then you discover that you didn’t really know it, you just thought you did? Is that too vague? Here’s an example: I always thought I knew that It’s a Wonderful … Continue reading

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Dear pro-life people: don’t be evil

Few things annoy pro-lifers more than being told by supporters of the practice of killing unborn children in their mothers’ wombs that they need to be more “civil.” “How about you stop ripping fully formed unborn babies apart limb from … Continue reading

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We are all lunatics

(Note: read Part I of these meditations on death: Death – the great perspective maker.) “The end of our race is death; ‘tis the necessary object of our aim, which, if it fright us, how is it possible to advance … Continue reading

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Just give me plain, Jesus-lyin-in-a-manger Christmas!

We can all relate.

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Dappled Things strokes my ego

Everybody wants there to be a “Catholic literary revival” ala. the early 1900s in Britain, but one valiant literary magazine is actually trying to do something to bring it about – Dappled Things. A couple of issues ago they accepted … Continue reading

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Death – the great perspective maker

“If possible, let us constantly remember death, for from this remembrance is born the exclusion of all cares and vanities, the guarding of the mind and constant prayer, non-attachment to the body and hatred of sin. To tell the truth, … Continue reading

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Well did! – Matt Anderson on Advent

Tomorrow the weekend arrives. And because the friend whose crossbow I was borrowing in a futile bid to impale a deer and feast on its fleshmeat has asked for it back, tomorrow will not find me perched in my treestand … Continue reading

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The Return of the Vestal Morons

Six years ago (can it really have been that long?), Remus and I spent three months living in Rome. Not just us, of course: we went with a couple dozen of our classmates participating in the Rome program run by … Continue reading

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