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When some particularly weighty and exacting thing needs to be said, there is no substitute for the written word. The pen affords a unique medium for an author—allowing a particular form of persuasiveness, clarity, and wit in the expression of one's ideas. Hence, the Alcuin Institute has posted here various essays that one may find interesting or useful—be it some degree of intellectual stimulation, or else as a reliable remedy for insomnia. Enjoy!

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Faith of Our Fathers: Bl. Alcuin of York

06/01/2021 |

        This article has been reprinted with permission from the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, a publication of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.             “The happiest of all your letters has reached me…it admonished me to mix a sweet melody of versifying amidst the horrible din of clashing…

Pentecost: On Aslan, the Holy Spirit, and Lifeless Souls

05/31/2021 |

        Given the twenty-third of May, 2021, the Solemnity of Pentecost, at the Parish of Christ the King, Tulsa, Oklahoma.             ✠ In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; Amen ✠    During World War II, the Pevensie children flee to…

Faith of Our Fathers: St. John of Damascus

05/01/2021 |

        This article has been reprinted with permission from the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, a publication of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.               “Because of the exceedingly great wealth of His goodness, the good, all-good, and exceedingly good God, who is all goodness, did not…

Homily: On Dante & Good Shepherd Sunday

04/30/2021 |

        Given the twenty-fourth of April, 2021, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, at the Parish of Christ the King, Tulsa, Oklahoma.             ✠ In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; Amen ✠   On Holy Thursday, in the year 1300, Dante…

Faith of Our Fathers: St. Irenaeus of Lyons

04/01/2021 |

      This article has been reprinted with permission from the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, a publication of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.             “So, faith procures this for us, as the elders, the disciples of the apostles, have handed down to us, firstly, it exhorts us to remember…

Faith of Our Fathers: St. Athanasius of Alexandria

03/01/2021 |

      This article has been reprinted with permission from the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, a publication of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.               “By nature, of course, man is mortal, since he was made from nothing; but he bears also the Likeness of Him Who is, and…

Faith of Our Fathers: St. Thomas Aquinas

02/01/2021 |

      This article has been reprinted with permission from the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, a publication of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.           Born in the late 1220s to a family of southern Italian nobility, Thomas d’Aquino seemed destined for great things. As a boy he had been sent to the…

Faith of Our Fathers: Introduction

01/01/2021 |

      This article has been reprinted with permission from the Eastern Oklahoma Catholic, a publication of the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.           “I, your Flaccus [Alcuin], am doing as you have urged and wished. To some who are beneath the roof of St. Martin I am striving to…

Homily: Tulsa March for Life (2020)

01/31/2020 |

        Given the ninteenth of January, 2020, the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, at Holy Family Cathedral, Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 2020 Tulsa March for Life           ✠ In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; Amen ✠   Right outside the Sistine…