Personal Archive

Maundy Thursday

Posted March 28, 2024 By John C Wright

Maundy Thursday is a day of humility, to remember Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Maundy is the name of the Christian rite of footwashing. The word “Maundy” is originated from the Latin word called “mandatum,” which means “commandment” as in Jesus’ commandment to his disciples to love one another.

It is also the last day of one’s Lenten vows.

I must say it is only my second favorite day of the season. First is Spy Wednesday, which is a reference to the treason of Judas.

Maundy Thursday

Between the brown hands of a server-lad
The silver cross was offered to be kissed.
The men came up, lugubrious, but not sad,
And knelt reluctantly, half-prejudiced.
(And kissing, kissed the emblem of a creed.)
Then mourning women knelt; meek mouths they had,
(And kissed the Body of the Christ indeed.)
Young children came, with eager lips and glad.
(These kissed a silver doll, immensely bright.)
Then I, too, knelt before that acolyte.
Above the crucifix I bent my head:
The Christ was thin, and cold, and very dead:
And yet I bowed, yea, kissed – my lips did cling.
(I kissed the warm live hand that held the thing.)
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
Be the first to comment

Lorica of Saint Patrick

Posted March 16, 2024 By John C Wright

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through a belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
Of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In preachings of the apostles,
In faiths of confessors,
In innocence of virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment

Reminder to Vote

Posted March 5, 2024 By John C Wright

Republicans, if your primary is today, go vote.

We want the numbers for Orange Man to be overwhelming, so as to have the orcs and goblins of the wokemob, corporate dragons, the aged mummies of congress and bloodsucking vampires of the bureaucracy, the wicked witches of the media, and the sea-serpents of the technocracy be aghast at our numbers. We may not seem to be in an epic battle against the hosts of darkness, as in some fairytale, and yet we are.

Be the first to comment


Posted February 19, 2024 By John C Wright

This is the daughter of our neighbor, one of my wife’s good friends. She grew up into a fine looking woman.

Be the first to comment

Progress Report!

Posted January 18, 2024 By John C Wright

After many weeks of flunking my writing quota, I rejoice to report that this week, I penned six thousand five hundred words of copy, in addition to working my day job, spending evenings with the family, and other claims on my time.

In the scene I just wrote, the quadradimensional ghostblade called Candlewit (which Sir Orlando, called the Last Templar, used to kill and then banish the Faceless Man) has been bestowed on its new bearer, with instructions never to draw it against any mortal. Letters of flame burn in the crystal depth of the blade when its true name is called our in battlecry: Curucondel.

Nor all the dark of endless night
may quench this single candle’s light

Oh, and there is spaceship battle, complete with the blood-red warmoon of the space-pirates whirled out of orbit by its hypergravitic spindizzy engine, firing upon the hard beset planet of walrus-men with interplanetary range beam weapons, and receiving fire in return from the planet-killing Carrington Event Weapon from the iron moon of the defenders. STARQUEST is a space opera, not high fantasy. Except maybe it is not.

Be the first to comment

Happy Advent

Posted December 3, 2023 By John C Wright

I am giving up the social media platform formerly known as Twitter for Advent. I rarely if ever post things there, but I use it to see the latest gossip, or to hear from friends.

Be the first to comment


Posted November 7, 2023 By John C Wright

I voted. Local elections also matter. Get wokeness off your school board.

Some wag made the following suggestion: go grocery shopping, fill up your gas tank, go by school to see whose flag is flying before voting. It will clarify matters.


UPDATE. The Election results are in. Virginia lost. The Dems retains control of the state senate, and regained control of the House of Delegates.

That there are still a majority of voters sufficiently motivated to vote for openly self-destructive and irrational policies confirms fears of civilizational suicide.

Be the first to comment

Unconditional Surrender

Posted October 26, 2023 By John C Wright

Jed is my college roommate and lifelong friend. This is his letter to the Review and Outlook section of the WALL STREET JOURNAL, Oct. 24. I share the sentiments. 

To the Editor:

In 1945, the Allied powers demanded unconditional surrender of the German government, and the total dismantlement of the Nazi regime.  Civilian households throughout Germany hung white sheets from their windows as a signal of acquiescence and defeat to the advancing Allied armies.  Russian soldiers raped two million German women.  This was the heartbreaking price that Germany had to pay for the choices of its democratically elected leaders, and its quiescent citizenry.

Because Israel is the Jewish state, there will be no rape of the Palestinians.  But bad choices, even democratic ones, have their ineluctable consequences.  The necessary corrective of fire and lead which will presently descend upon Gaza can properly end only with white sheets and the destruction of Hamas.  Like the Nazis in the final days of April 1945, Hamas won’t hesitate to slaughter its own citizens who show insufficient resolve.  Regrettably, this is a price Gazans must now pay.

Only then will the stage be set for a Palestinian Adenauer to arise, who can lead his people to the peaceful prosperity that Israel has unflaggingly offered since the day of its founding.

Jed Arkin
Tel Aviv, Israel

Be the first to comment

This may be a breach of internet protocol, but I wish to reprint and spread this column by my dearly beloved friend, fellow writer, and staunch Catholic, Mike Flynn. From here.

For Part II, see here.

Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment

About Thirteen Years Ago

Posted September 19, 2023 By John C Wright

This is a review by my editor of the four stories gathered into one of my anthologies, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND.

Most reviews are merely reviews, but this one is not. Mr. Robertson (may he rest in peace) had a good working relationship with me that verged (so I hope) into friendship. This column is also his farewell message. It is the last thing I heard from him before he departed this life.

His words below mean much to me, and I hope they will mean something more to you, dear reader, than the typical opinion of whether a book is fair or foul.
Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment

The Life of Jane Lamplighter

Posted March 11, 2023 By John C Wright

Usually I do not write columns to show any aspect of my personal life to the public, but here I make an important exception. My mother in law passed away peacefully last Easter Sunday. A finer woman I have never known, nor one more peaceful, loving, mild, and joyous than Mrs. Lamplighter.

In keeping with her last wishes, my wife has arranged to set songs her mother wrote with a slideshow of pictures, some of which were taken by my daughter, who is a fair hand with a camera.

Here is the link to a memorial page:

The Life of Jane Lamplighter aka Janey Warner Brown–A Celebration!

Be the first to comment

To Serve Man in the War of the Worlds

Posted December 31, 2022 By John C Wright

On Twitter, Tim Pool asks:

My reply:

Leftists would sigh in happy relief and tell it is good to give our children meekly into their maws. Christians would sigh in weary recognition, unsurprised to be ruled by the principalities, powers, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment

Thanksgiving: The Vanity of Plato’s Conceit

Posted November 24, 2022 By John C Wright

For this Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for the lesson learned by the Pilgrims in the first harsh years of their colony.

The real history of the Mayflower Pilgrims was recounted by their leader, William Bradford, in his book Of Plymouth Plantation (1647).

The words below are his, where he explains how, at first the colonists attempted to hold all property in common:

Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment

Marriage Vow Song

Posted September 22, 2022 By John C Wright

Our own beloved  Ben Zwycky, whom the Riddle-Masters call Ben of the Unpronounceable Name, asks to post his song in this space. We are happy to oblige:

The video description on YouTube reads:
This song is adapted from an upcoming collaborative project with Anthony Marchetta, and also commemorated my twenty-first wedding anniversary last week. For those of you sent this video on your own wedding anniversary, Congratulations!
Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment

Nobility Among Us by Ben Zwycky

Posted March 14, 2022 By John C Wright

After many years, this song initially inspired by multiple scenes from Nobility Among Us by Ben Zwycky, is finally ready to share.

Read the remainder of this entry »

Be the first to comment