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Prime Matters
Editorial Panel

In keeping with the best of our ancient Benedictine heritage, in which authors sign their work simply “a monk,” the editorial panel of Prime Matters remains anonymous, committed solely to articulating and awakening the Catholic imaginative vision for Catholics and all people of goodwill.

Published Pieces

A Lone Hiker at Sunrise

Resolution for a New Year

It is time to take stock, assessing the year that has passed and re-focusing the mind and spirit for what is to come, preparing to see all things through Christian eyes.

Prime Matters
Jan 21, 2021
The Abbey of Cluny

The Abbey of Cluny

The Abbey of Cluny once vied with Rome in its influence, and its church was the largest in Christendom before the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica in the sixteenth century.

Prime Matters
Jan 21, 2021
The University of Mary

The Vision of a University

Msgr. James P. Shea discussed his vision for Catholic higher education and the importance of forming students' imaginative visions within that project.

Msgr. James P. Shea
Prime Matters
Dec 4, 2020
Columns in the San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica, Venice, Italy

First Principles

Prime Matters is interested in investigating the assumed first principles that undergird the Christian vision of the world, as well as those from which other views of reality around us arise.

Prime Matters
Dec 4, 2020
Cherry Blossoms

The Intellectual Life

The New Testament makes clear that the mind is the key area of battle and conversion, and the key task of the Catholic university is to initiate students into the Catholic imaginative vision.

Prime Matters
Dec 4, 2020
Light Shining on the Pieta

Real Knowledge

There are many ways notional knowledge can become real knowledge, the sort of knowledge that becomes a living truth within us. Prime Matters seeks to aid readers in this process.

Prime Matters
Dec 4, 2020
St. Paul and the Façade of St. Peter's Basilica

Awakening the Catholic Imaginative Vision

Prime Matters has arisen as a response to our time, seeking to keep before our minds the contours of the Christian vision in all its spiritual, intellectual, moral, and cultural richness.

Prime Matters
Dec 4, 2020