Posts tagged VISIONS
The Testament of Chartres

No human achievement better displays the truth and beauty that mark the faith and reason of the West than the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres, France. Located some 60 miles southwest of its sister cathedral of the same name and dedication in Paris—also a gem in its own right—Chartres can be visited and explored over and over again with no fear of exhausting its riches. What makes this place so special?

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Ernest Gordon: Building Heaven in the Midst of POW Hell

In the almost indescribably horrific conditions of those camps, death was a daily reality for the prisoners. The cruelty of the guards, the wretched food, the dangerous and incessant labor, and disease left the prisoners in a state that would best be described as subhuman. At this nadir of the possibilities of the human condition, Gordon’s second, spiritual journey began.

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Bruchko: Renewing Culture in the Forbidden Jungle

The power of the Incarnation to meet humans where they are and to change their culture for the better is no less true today than it was when Athanasius wrote his classic work in the third century after Christ. Take the story of Bruchko, for example, the brave young American missionary who crossed the road to a primitive jungle tribe and taught them to follow Jesus.

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Our Latest Initiative: July, 2017

In July, Cana Academy president Andrew Zwerneman participated in the Regional Conference for the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. Cana Academy conducted our latest VISIONS seminar at Hubbard Hill Retirement Community and hosted clergy and staff from Saint Philip Catholic Church for our first Cana Table Seminar in our now fully furnished headquarters in Falls Church. 

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The Love of Poems in a Post-Poetry Age: Part II

These half dozen elements are helpful because they focus our minds on the specific details of the poem and allow us to savor the work as a whole. That, more than anything, is the key to reading a poem well: drinking in every detail packed into the poem from beginning to end and thoughtfully appreciating it as a whole. Knowing what questions to ask helps us appreciate a good poem just like knowing what to look for in a wine helps us taste it intelligently and appreciatively.

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The Love of Poems in a Post-Poetry Age: Part I

What about great contemporary poets? Is anyone capable of capturing the American mind? I don’t know. But I do know that one recent poet caught the national mind of Ireland and was, more broadly, the greatest poet in the English language of the last few decades: the late great Irish poet, Seamus Heaney. His poetry should, I believe, be a part of revitalizing our culture.

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