The Diamond of England: The Mission and Martyrdom of St. Edmund Campion   By Avellina Balestri

The Diamond of England: The Mission and Martyrdom of St. Edmund Campion By Avellina Balestri

Edmund Campion was born on January 24, 1540, the son of a London book-seller on Paternoster Row near St. Paul’s Cathedral. Perhaps it was partly due to being reared among books that young Edmund was instilled with a love of learning early on. He become a star pupil at Christ Hospital School, at age 13, when the Catholic Queen Mary I came to make a visit to the city in August of 1553, he was chosen to deliver an welcome address to her. He went on to win a scholarship to St. John’s College in Oxford, becoming a junior fellow by 1557. Continue reading The Diamond of England: The Mission and Martyrdom of St. Edmund Campion By Avellina Balestri

Scour the Horse Anew: An Analysis of G.K. Chesterton’s Epic Poem “The Ballad of the White Horse” By Avellina Balestri

Scour the Horse Anew: An Analysis of G.K. Chesterton’s Epic Poem “The Ballad of the White Horse” By Avellina Balestri

For years, friends urged me to read The Ballad of the White Horse by G.K. Chesterton, which I proceeded to put on the back burner for far too long. Continue reading Scour the Horse Anew: An Analysis of G.K. Chesterton’s Epic Poem “The Ballad of the White Horse” By Avellina Balestri

The Eyes of the Heart: A Movie Review of “Prince of Foxes” By Avellina Balestri

The Eyes of the Heart: A Movie Review of “Prince of Foxes” By Avellina Balestri

Our story opens in Renaissance Italy. Tyrone Power stars as Captain Orsini, an unlikely hero who starts out as an envoy of the power-hungry Cesare Borgia. Climbing the ladder of success by any means necessary in order to bury his humble beginnings, Orsini believes that he has found the true fulfillment of his life. Continue reading The Eyes of the Heart: A Movie Review of “Prince of Foxes” By Avellina Balestri

Gambling for Eternity: An Analysis of the Apologetics Argument of “Pascal’s Wager” by Avellina Balestri

Gambling for Eternity: An Analysis of the Apologetics Argument of “Pascal’s Wager” by Avellina Balestri

“Pascal’s Wager” is a famous and controversial argument in favor of the existence of God often used by Christian apologetics. It has been called the potentially weakest or potentially strongest argument available when debating with an atheist Continue reading Gambling for Eternity: An Analysis of the Apologetics Argument of “Pascal’s Wager” by Avellina Balestri

Dowry in the Shadows: The Suppression of Catholicism and Spiritual Vacuum in British Society by Avellina Balestri

Dowry in the Shadows: The Suppression of Catholicism and Spiritual Vacuum in British Society by Avellina Balestri

In this essay, I am going to explore some of the causes which led to the opening of a “spiritual vacuum” in Britain, starting with the rending the of Christendom under the Henry VIII during the 16th century, and the innumerable ramifications that continue to effect the British national consciousness in the present day. Continue reading Dowry in the Shadows: The Suppression of Catholicism and Spiritual Vacuum in British Society by Avellina Balestri

Seeking the Elusive: A Movie Review of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Avellina Balestri

Seeking the Elusive: A Movie Review of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Avellina Balestri

I first read Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel in grade-school, and for a girl with my imagination and love of romantic historical adventures, I found the concept exhilarating. After all, this was the prototype of the all the swashbuckling heroes with dual identities, from Zorro to Superman. But instead of the Colonial Southwest or the bustling Metropolis, this one was planted firmly in the old world and commuted between the historical rivals, England and France. Continue reading Seeking the Elusive: A Movie Review of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Avellina Balestri