R.R. Reno is editor of First Things.

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Patriotism is the political form of love. It comes from the Latin (and Greek) for father, signaling the deep bond of loyalty to clan, the primitive sense that we owe our existence to a place, a . . . . Continue Reading »

A Master of Horror

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In his Poetics, Aristotle observed that some works of art have a paradoxical effect. They represent things that make us cringe and recoil: Orestes kills Clytemnestra; Medea murders her children. Yet, . . . . Continue Reading »

The Little Flower

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When the disciples came to Jesus and asked who will be the greatest in the kingdom, he called for a child to come to him, and answered, ‚ÄúTruly I tell you, unless you turn and become like children, . . . . Continue Reading »