Loathing and Hopelessness, Juice and Joy: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Secret Sorrow

"Outwardly I think I am employed to what is of no or little use," Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote in his journal just months before his death. "I was continuing this train of thought this evening when I began to enter on that course of loathing and hopelessness which I have so often felt before..." I … Continue reading Loathing and Hopelessness, Juice and Joy: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Secret Sorrow

The Mars Hill Audio Journal: Where All Things Considered Meets God

It's been described as "heady, extraordinary."  It's where I first heard about Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter and P.D. James' The Children of Men.  I discovered Alan Jacobs had written a biography of C.S. Lewis by listening, added it to my wishlist and gratefully received The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis for Christmas that year.  It's also … Continue reading The Mars Hill Audio Journal: Where All Things Considered Meets God

Welcome to SparrowFare

 “All is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil,” observed poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins a century ago.  In the same era William Butler Yeats would write that “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of a passionate intensity.” Confessing my tendency to place gadgets over grace and politics over prayer, … Continue reading Welcome to SparrowFare