Dead Philosophers Society | DPS

For the Conversion of All Sinners

At the beginning of Lent, I picked up my dusty copy of St. Faustina’s diary. This book transformed my spirituality when I was a college student. As I read the saint’s diary this morning, I was struck by Jesus’ words to her during Lent “Pray for souls that they be not afraid to approach the […] Read More

Preparing for Advent with C.S. Lewis

November is a great time to meditate upon our final destiny. Catholics are often reminded of the four last things which lay always before a soul on Earth: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. The souls in Purgatory have already faced these and during the month of November we pray for them; but we are also […] Read More

In Need of St. Joseph’s Intercession

Is there any doubt that we are living tumultuous times? I think that for most Catholics this has been a painful summer as we have watched our culture reap the fruits that it has sown. There have been Supreme Court rulings, adultery scandals, and a very graphic expose of what happens inside of Planned Parenthood […] Read More

The Mass: Worship, Thanksgiving, Atonement, and Petition

One of the most insightful descriptions of the liturgy which I have read is an excerpt from Von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality: The Healing Power of Formal Prayer. In it, Von Hildebrand explains what the person’s response to the Liturgy ought to be. It is easy to think of all of the benefits that the […] Read More

Merely Toddlers

The other day, my 5th and 6th grade religion class was interrupted by many little three year olds who were stationed outside our door and did not want to behave. Our lesson happened to be about the Eucharist. It was the passage in John’s Gospel in which Christ tells a large crowd that He is […] Read More

To God Who Gives Joy To My Youth

We hear so often that church attendance is low and that there is a big vocational crisis. Among other things, there are seminaries with only a handful of students in each class; dioceses that must close parishes because they do not have enough priests to staff them (or parishioners to attend them,) and religious orders […] Read More

Beauty Does Not Lie In The Eyes of the Beholder

I have never liked Tim Burton movies. Call me crazy, but I think it is because I know that beauty is objective; and not only objective but also important. As our world steeps itself deeper and deeper into relativism, it argues that beauty, like truth, depends on the eye of the beholder. The transcendentals are […] Read More

Is it Really a Surprise?

Recently, Time conducted a poll in which it asked its readers to decide which words should be banned during the upcoming year. Surprisingly, the poll included the word “feminist” as an option. Also surprisingly- or not- “feminist” led the poll. Quite a few articles were written in response to this, many of which were written […] Read More

Subsidiarity and the Transformation of Our Culture

As a high school student, I wanted to engage the culture. I could see our world inching farther and farther away from the One who is True, Good, and Beautiful. I imagined that the Church needed voices crying in the wasteland of modern society and dreamed of working in the public sector defending truth. While […] Read More