Down to the Wire: Just $8,058 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Lord of the Rings

Catholic World News - February 05, 2014

The weekly English edition of L’Osservatore Romano has published a lengthy essay devoted to the theology of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

The essay was written by Anglican Bishop David Moxon, the Anglican Communion’s official representative to the Holy See.

Moxon states:

For those of us in the “Fourth Age of Middle-earth,” in the present, we could do no better than end with Tolkien’s words to his son about the Eucharist, the centre of his own 20th-Century Christian faith, which was the centre of his world.

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity and the true way of all your loves upon earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste (or foretaste) of which, what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy), can alone be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($59,637 to go):
$150,000.00 $90,363.12
40% 60%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Getting Marriage Right 6 hours ago
O Earthly Lord, vouchsafe to us high speed Internet. 9 hours ago
No 'Francis effect' in Strasbourg 12 hours ago
What Pope Francis told European Parliament, and what Pope John Paul II said 15 hours ago
Public perception demands a way of mercy November 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - 17 hours ago