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Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life: Telling the Story of Saints

In ‘A Hidden Life: Telling the Story of Saints’, Mark Cooprider offers an accessible analysis of Terrence Malick’s 2019 biopic of the Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter—executed in 1943 for his refusal to swear allegiance to National Socialism. Cooprider explores how Malick’s poetic narrative encompasses conventions of history, biography, myth, and legend, in ways akin to ancient Christian hagiography.

Ignatius Loyola: A Saint Reads the Saints

31 July marks the feast day of Saint Ignatius Loyola (b.1491), the founder of the Society of Jesus (more commonly known as the Jesuits). In a breviary, I come across a passage from the Acts of Saint Ignatius taken down by Luis Gonzalez, which describes the growing influence of religious reading on the young saint…

The Life of Saint Pambo

Reading Butler’s Lives of the Saints, I come across a passage on St Pambo, an Egyptian monk (c.390) thought to be a disciple of St Antony. I was struck by the following passage…

A New Role at St David’s Catholic College, Cardiff

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I have just started a new role as a pastoral tutor at St David’s Catholic College in Cardiff. Over the last two years I have been looking for a secure full-time job that would allow me to draw on my teaching skills and experience, while also offering an opportunity to serve my local community in a direct and meaningful way. I am absolutely thrilled.

Notes on Blindness

Set in the summer of 1983,
Notes on Blindness
is a beautiful 2016 docudrama that explores the life of
writer and theologian John M. Hull.

“In these dark times…”

Photograph: Rhys Tranter
Photograph: Rhys Tranter
Photograph: Rhys Tranter
Photograph: Rhys Tranter
Photograph: Rhys Tranter

In these dark times
we look for the light.

Into the Wild

Just read Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. A compelling account of the tragic story of Chris McCandless and his idealistic trek into the Alaskan wilderness. At the same time, the book offers a cultural history of the fascination wild spaces hold in the modern imagination.

Visiting the John Muir family home

This week, it was my great privilege to visit the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California. The beautiful Muir family home was restored from dereliction by the National Park Service, and pays tribute to the father of modern environmental conservation.