Michael J. Sauter

Witchcraft in Church? Against Glamorous Worship

Recently, our local Trappist Monastery, the Abbey of the Genesee, unveiled a renovation of the sanctuary of the Abbey church. To the shock of some — those who often claim to have their ‘finger on the pulse’ — the remodel did…
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Apocalypticism for Porchers

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If it’s your thing — and it’s certainly not everybody’s thing — it’s not a bad time to be an apocalypticist. A few weeks ago, Pope Francis once again implored people to read Robert Hugh Benson’s novel of the Antichrist,…
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Three Conceptions: Laschian, Romantic, and Immaculate

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Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home – “Intimations of Immortality,” William Wordsworth As adults, do we see the age of childhood as being…
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Archimedean Points, Above and Below

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“To the famous Archimedean boast:  ‘Give me whereon to stand and I will move the world.’.  Rabelais answers: ‘I move with my ship; and the waves of the world give way.’”    –John Cowper Powys One could choose a less fruitful…
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The Ailing Parson Malthus Project and the “New Sin of Pride”

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Anyone who’s had the good fortune to spend time reading Christopher Lasch might be able to identify with the specific experience of risable joy I feel when putting myself in his presence.  For me, the joy is found in a…
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Vulgar Adolescent Bigness Fetishizers

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I reflected what a Mortification it must prove to me to appear as inconsiderable in this Nation as one single Lilliputian would be among us.” –Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift Boy oh boy, if I had a dollar for every time…
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Mumford and Suns

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“For a child”, I remember our priest saying a few years ago, ”the sun rises over the barn and sets on the further side of the field”. In the next, more worldly, stage of life, “the earth orbits the sun…
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Gravity’s Rainbow

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If a rainbow is a symbol of hope, there’s a bright ‘bow in the sky’ to be found in Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.  And, just maybe, the movie might be an actual summons, in 3D, to a full-fledged Chestertonian revolution. …
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On the Localism of the Spheres

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I have a friend who is a cloistered Trappist monk and his current obsession is the ‘outer’ and decidedly non-sedentary goal of running a marathon (on the back forty of the monastic enclosure).   The sense of accomplishment inspires him.   In…
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The March for Life, Poetry, and ‘Epimethean Men’

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“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.”  –Wallace Stevens January 25,  the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, will mark the fifth time in the last decade that I’ve travelled to D.C. for the annual March for Life.   …
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On ‘The Fall’ and That Obama Video

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Yes, yes. I know the election is over and, as a third-party voter myself, I don’t believe I’ll smell like sour grapes here regarding the results, but still there’s something about that Obama video. It’s the one where actress Lena…
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Lessons on Limits from the Cougar Prophet

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If a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, I took my prescription of limits and localism with a spoon full of pretty sweet sugar indeed.   About 20 years ago I came into possession of  Stephen Vizinczey’s In…
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Thought Control and Controlling Our Thoughts

Abbey of the Genesee September 21, 2012
Last evening I had the joy of taking a dozen-plus college students to the Abbey of the Genesee for the first of this year’s “Newman Community Book Discussion with Monks.” The Trappist monastery is just a few miles down the road…
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The Eckhart Tolle of Space

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“Many propositions involving temporal concepts which seem obviously and necessarily true are just as necessarily but not obviously true when formulated in terms of spatial relations.” [1] In 2011, the Watkins Review named author Eckhart Tolle “the most spiritually influential person…
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Carbuncles, Bedbugs, Boils and Politics

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To paraphrase an observation of Chesterton on the subjects of poets, silence and cheese:  Political scientists have been mysteriously silent on the subject of soap, or at least until now.[1 ] Less than obvious, therefore, at least to some, might be…
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