Joseph Pearce

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When Nice Turns Nasty

A few days ago, whilst being driven around Tampa, I noticed a car bumper sticker telling me to “Just Be Nice.” For some reason this irritated me. Indeed it made me feel decidedly nasty. Why was this? Had I become a grumpy old man, an irascible...

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Is Life Meaningless? An Idiot’s Guide to Shakespeare

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more. It is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury Signifying nothing. Does this wonderful passage from Macbeth signify that...

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Wisdom in Wonderland

“Once upon a time,” said kind Uncle Chestnut, “we were all little children and we lived in a place called wonderland.” Looking up from the book of fairytales that he was reading for the umpteenth time, he smiled sadly at his nephew. “The problem...

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TV is for Dummies

Many years ago, my wife and I decided to unplug ourselves from the prurience and propaganda piped into our homes via the television. It was one of the best decisions we ever made. And one of the most liberating. It freed us from hours of passive...

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Where Have All the Grown-Ups Gone?

Where have all the grown-ups gone, Long time passing? Where have all the grown-ups gone, Long time ago? Those of my generation might recall the song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, a hit record by the Kingston Trio, among others, composed...

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Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Grandeur of God

The world is charged with the grandeur of God. The opening line of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, “God’s Grandeur,” says it all. It says all we need to know about the world in which we’re living. Every time we see a tree, resplendent in countless...

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A Christmas with Imaginary Catholics

This Christmas I’m taking a leap of the imagination into the home of a family of imaginary Catholics. It is Christmas morning and I arrive, as if by magic, down the chimney, just as the family is gathering round the tree. Dusting myself off, I...

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Advent and the Long Defeat

“Actually I am a Christian, and indeed a Roman Catholic, so that I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’ – though it contains … some samples or glimpses of final victory.” —J. R. R. Tolkien “Together through ages of the...

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Educate Your Friends This Christmas

Advent has only just begun but many of us are already thinking of Christmas. In one sense, this is fair enough. Advent is a time of preparation for our celebration of the birth of Christ and it is appropriate that we should be looking forward...

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Black Lives Matter, Born and Unborn

Which black lives matter? Having asked such a provocative question, I’m going to answer it unequivocally. Yes, of course all black lives matter. They matter not because they are black but because they are human. It is in the dignity of the human...