The Strangeness of the Good:
A Poet and an Archbishop Speak

with readings from James Matthew Wilson's new book of poetry


James Matthew Wilson is a poet, scholar, and philosopher, and is poet-in-residence of the Benedict XVI Institute. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone founded the Benedict XVI Institute for the purpose of discovering, rediscovering, and creating anew (in liturgy, art, music, and thought) the true, the good, and the beautiful, because these are doorways to God. 

Join the Archbishop and the Poet as they discuss where these signs of God and paths to God can be found in a time of suffering such as ours -- a time of disease and death, fear and depression, isolation and alienation. Wilson's new book The Strangeness of the Good contains his "Quarantine Notebook," which has been described as "fifteen monologues written during the COVID lockdown [that] give us a new and powerful Wilson, ...the brilliant genesis of a writer re-born" (Samuel J. Hazo).

January 12 is the eve of the Feast of St. Hilary of Poitiers (310-367), bishop of Poitiers (France) and a Doctor of the Church, who wrote on the unity and beauty of the holy Trinity and of his own journey to knowledge of God. We will also read and reflect on the appreciation of this saint that Pope Benedict XVI gave in October 2007.

Register today to receive a Zoom link the day of the event. We ask for a $25 donation in lieu of a ticket, if and only if you can reasonably afford this gift. If not, come anyway, and enjoy. And let your spirit be uplifted.

This event is sponsored by the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship
The Benedict XVI Institute opens the door of beauty to God, both by providing practical resources for more beautiful liturgy and by energizing a Catholic culture of the arts.