Matthew Chicoine

Matthew Chicoine

3 Chesterton Catch-22’s that Actually Make Life Clearer

Arguably, no other writer from the 20th century provided as much salience and portentous guidance on the meaning of life as G.K. Chesterton. Although not an academic in the same vein as C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien, the English journalist, novelist, and essayist became famous for his ability to write voluminously while maintaining wit throughout …

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A Holy Kaleidoscope—The Diversity of the Saints in Light of Christ

Have you ever received gifts or trinkets growing up that you continue to keep for sentimental or nostalgic value? Something a family member or a friend gave you on a birthday or for a special event that remains on prominent display in your home? As a child, that memento for me was a prism that …

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3 Reasons Philip Neri Should be Your Patron Saint

According to the great Italian Saint Philip Neri, “There is no surer or clearer proof of the love of God than adversity.” His message certainly stands in stark opposition with what the modern world tells us will bring love. Creating viral videos on YouTube, increasing our followers on social media platforms, and possessing the latest …

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An Unexpected Journey? The Case for the Canonization of J.R.R. Tolkien

In high school, I checked out Tolkien’s The Hobbit from the municipal library for the first time. I was a chapter or two into the book before I abandoned the work. “This is incredibly long-winded and includes boring descriptions. How could anyone consider this a classic of literature?!” I thought. Five years and a master’s degree …

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