I ordered three Loyola Classics books, edited by Amy Welborn, and have enjoyed them all, but I must tell you that I am finding In This House of Brede to be excellent, first rate, a really good read. It's a page-turner about nuns in an abbey. Yes, you heard me: a page-turner about nuns in an abbey. Rumer Godden has presented a wonderfully accurate and compelling picture of vowed religious life. I spent two years living a sort of religious life, and every character she speaks of is familiar to me. Do go read it.
I think I might buy a copy for a young friend of mine who can't figure out what to do with her life.
I just got a chance to see Narnia, and it's a pretty good film. It has all the flaws and joys of the book, and dissecting those is a topic for another time. What I especially like about The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is Lewis's treatment of the heroism of youth. Note the age of the young heroes, who, nevertheless are heroic, fighting even in Real Battles. We tend to think children can't do anything, and shouldn't be challenged to do anything, because they can't do anything. The problem is, that if we never challenge them to do anything, they won't ever do anything, because they can't do anything. Let me put it this way: if Aslan had thought to himself "I can't entrust Peter with this mission because he's just a boy, not ready for such things," then Peter would still be a boy, not ready for such things. As Aristotle noted long ago, the only way to acquire virtue is to do virtuous actions. The only way to become great is to be great.
In this age of delayed adulthood, delayed marriage, and general delayed responsibility, examples of the heroism of youth are poignant. And I know Narnia is just fiction, but those who lived when Lewis lived knew much of heroism. We could learn.
It's been a difficult year, on a number of levels. Not an awful year. Shed no tears for me--life is, generally, pretty darn good. But a few things have happened which have pushed blogging even further down the chain of possible activities than usual.
I do intend to keep this up, but perhaps not very often. That's why, my Faithful Reader(s), I recommend you sign up for the Atom feed, which I have linked somewhere off to the right. That way, your mail program or newsreader will let you know when I post something, without you having to keep coming back here. It's how I read the seldom-posting-but-always-excellent Old Oligarch, for example.