Bruckner’s Gethsemane

The devoutly Catholic Bruckner dedicated his last symphony to “the dear God,” and prayed in his final illness that the Lord would allow him to finish his masterwork. In the event, his prayer was not granted. Yet in a deeper sense the three movements he lived to complete could hardly be surpassed. The sublime and harrowing third movement makes any further statement, this side of heaven, redundant! Continue Reading »

First Things: Food for the Soul

Every so often, our readers send us pictures of their small but discerning offspring chewing their way through the latest issue of First Things. We proudly display these pictures on a bulletin board dedicated to celebrating the most junior members of the First Things family. Continue Reading »

Fr. Spadaro’s Math

Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, tweets that, “Theology is not #Mathematics. 2 + 2 in #Theology can make 5. Because it has to do with #God and real #life of #people.” Whence the desire to separate God from the unchanging truth of math? Continue Reading »