The Difference between Survival and Flourishing: Why Catholics Must Take Seriously Culture and Fine Art


“What hast thou that thou hast not received?”

1 Corinthians 4:7

“A Catholic deprived of his rightful inheritance of culture and liturgy is living a sub-optimal life, suffering from the spiritual distress of orphanhood and the malody of amnesia.”

Dr Peter Kwasniewski

This talk presented by Dr Peter Kwasniewski highlights the importance of culture and fine art in the preservation and propagation of the Catholic faith. He speaks of the importance of fine music, our liturgical heritage, and how liturgical music should develop.

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Peter Kwasniewski holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America. After teaching at the International Theological Institute in Austria and for the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austrian Program, he joined the founding team of Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, Wyoming, where he taught theology, philosophy, music, and art history, and directed the choir and schola. He is now a full-time author, speaker, editor, publisher, and composer.

Dr. Kwasniewski has published seven books, including Sacred Choral Works (Corpus Christi Watershed, 2014); Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis (Angelico, 2014); Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness (Angelico, 2017); A Reader in Catholic Social Teaching (Cluny, 2017); and Tradition and Sanity (Angelico, 2018). Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis has been published in Czech, Polish, German, Belarusian, and Portuguese, and will soon appear in Spanish. He writes for several major websites, including OnePeterFive, New Liturgical Movement, Rorate Caeli, and LifeSite News.

This talk was recorded at Campion College – Australia’s first liberal arts college.

Dr Peter Kwasniewski’s Australian tour was sponsored by the Latin Mass Society of Australia.

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