Beauty and the Wound

If You Do Not Find a Way, Who Will?

There is in a moment in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy when, at his wits end and deeply fatigued and disheartened, Frodo wishes to give up the quest.  At that moment the “white lady” – the wise Elf Queen- appears and says to him “This task was appointed to you—If you do not find […]


Descent as an Opening to Greater Beauty

The Opening of Alyosha Karamazov My favorite novel of all time is the Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. One of the world’s greatest pieces of literature, it penetrates the mysteries and complexities of the human heart with a depth, scope and passionate vision that I have never quite encountered in another work. Each of the brothers […]


Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart: The Tale of Beauty and the Beast

“The moment when all her resistance to ugliness vanished, was the moment when ugliness became absolute Beauty.” –John O’Donohue I once taught a writing course at the University of New Mexico on the theme of “What Is Beauty?”  We read many interesting contemporary essays and philosophical treatises, as well as myths and stories, exploring this […]


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