The Enterprise is Begun
What follows in this place will be the expressions, observations, and thoughts, both sacred and profane, of two Catholic gentlemen (and occasional guests, I reckon) who desire to share what feeble gifts of intellect, experience, and education they have with you, the observing world. The nature of the topics discussed here will be varied and, as is appropriate to anything truly Catholic, as universal in scope as the limits of our mutual competence may allow us to stretch. We plan to share our experiences in books, music, film and all other manner of culture that have aided us in the enrichment of our own spirits so that they may enrich yours as well. We will attempt to offer, as humbly and as much in charity as our virtue will permit us, to give an interpretation of current events through the lens of the truth of the Gospel, all the while remaining mindful of Our Lord’s words, “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you shall have distress: but have confidence, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Indeed, that confidence to which Our Lord impels the Christian hold fast is (I hope) the inspiration for all the thoughts that we plan to share with you. In particular, we have chosen as a patron and model the great English Jesuit saint, Edmund Campion whose “Brag” (as it was disparaged by his enemies) to the hostile English crown expresses a quintessential truth of Catholicism; that we are in possession, not through our merit (perish the thought!) but by grace, of the key to be re-integrated with all of reality. This key is the person of Jesus Christ, through Whom all things were made. Therefore, we can be of great cheer and confidence that nothing that is real, nothing that is true, or good, or beautiful is outside the purview of our knowledge and delight. We want to share that confidence in reality, and in our Faith’s grasp of it, with you. Campion went joyfully to a certain death by martyrdom out of love for those who would kill him precisely because he had supreme confidence in the power of the Truth itself to save both him and them. This is a confidence and a joy at living that we perceive to be sorely needed in our time and in our Church. I’ll leave you with the most striking quote from that great “Brag” of confidence that Campion wrote to Her Majesty’s council:
See upon what substantial grounds our Catholic Faith is builded, how feeble that side is which by sway of the time prevaileth against us, and so at last for your own souls, and for many thousand souls that depend upon your government, will discountenance error when it is bewrayed [revealed], and hearken to those who would spend the best blood in their bodies for your salvation. Many innocent hands are lifted up to heaven for you daily by those English students, whose posterity shall never die, which beyond seas, gathering virtue and sufficient knowledge for the purpose, are determined never to give you over, but either to win you heaven, or to die upon your pikes. And touching our Society, be it known to you that we have made a league—all the Jesuits in the world, whose succession and multitude must overreach all the practice of England—cheerfully to carry the cross you shall lay upon us, and never to despair your recovery, while we have a man left to enjoy your Tyburn, or to be racked with your torments, or consumed with your prisons. The expense is reckoned, the enterprise is begun; it is of God; it cannot be withstood. So the faith was planted: So it must be restored.
Pax In Him,