Eschewing the cliché about “unprecedented times,” Joshua Hren, Dappled Things‘ former managing editor and founder of Wiseblood Books, described this year to me as one of “dramatic reorientation.” That seems about right. It has been a year of loss and tumult, but perhaps especially one of stripping away—a painful process that nonetheless brings hope and opportunity. We have glimpsed the foundations of sand on which the Tower of Babel of modernity rests and seen the true fragility of our societies, our economies, and our lives. We have been given a chance to sift the ephemeral from the enduring.
For us at Dappled Things, it has been a year to double down on our belief that true progress is not found in the piling up of comforts and the amassing of technological power, but in works of truth, goodness, and beauty that glorify the Creator and lift us up as His creatures. The field of ideas and art in which we operate sometimes seems small, even irrelevant, yet it is central because what is found there forms our imaginations, sustains our spirits, and inspires our endeavors. Do you agree? If so, please know the only way we can continue this work is with your financial support.
Despite the hardships of this year, it has been one in which the work of the journal has flourished. In partnership with the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, we co-sponsored webinars drawing thousands of attendees, launched a student internship, and created the Bakhita Prize for the Visual Arts. We are working on revamping our website, expanding our staff of volunteer editors, and planning an anthology of contemporary Catholic short fiction. The work of our contributors and editors is developing and reaching an ever-expanding audience. Among them is Karen Ullo, our own managing editor, who just sold the film rights of her fantasy novel Cinder Allia to a Hollywood studio that is currently working on bringing her story to the big screen.
A new springtime for Catholic art and literature is truly underway. We absolutely need your help to keep nourishing it. Can you support us with a gift of $100, $50, $25, or even just $5? Or are you in a position to contribute $1,000, $500, or $250? Donors at this level, without whom we cannot reach our goal of $15,000, will be recognized in the journal and receive an exclusive, signed art print by an artist featured in Dappled Things. Please consider how much you can give and make your donation today.
Wishing you a blessed Advent and Christmas,
Bernardo Aparicio García
Founder & Publisher, Dappled Things
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