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Risking Enchantment is a discussion about beauty in art and culture, and its place in the Catholic faith. The show is hosted by Rachel Sherlock, and she is joined every week by a friend to dive into a particular theme or topic. We discuss literature, music, poetry, art, architecture and more, and talk about how experiencing these can hint at the transcendental and better inform our Catholic faith and how we live it out.

Risking Enchantment Rachel Sherlock

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Risking Enchantment is a discussion about beauty in art and culture, and its place in the Catholic faith. The show is hosted by Rachel Sherlock, and she is joined every week by a friend to dive into a particular theme or topic. We discuss literature, music, poetry, art, architecture and more, and talk about how experiencing these can hint at the transcendental and better inform our Catholic faith and how we live it out.

    Keeping Your Word: Unfashionable Virtues in North and South

    Keeping Your Word: Unfashionable Virtues in North and South

    “[God] gave you strength to do what your conscience told you was right; and I don’t see that we need any higher or holier strength than that; or wisdom either."


    - Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South


    In this episode Rachel and Phoebe discuss North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Often dubbed ‘The Victorian Pride and Prejudice’ it is a wonderful love story but also a story of class struggles, the industrial revolution and religious turmoil. Throughout all these themes is Gaskell’s exploration of the importance of following your conscience, maintaining your principles and speaking and acting honestly. Rachel and Phoebe look at the ways in which each of these ‘unfashionable virtues’ are represented in the novel, and why they still apply to us in the modern day.


    After this episode, Risking Enchantment will be taking a break over the summer and will return in September. To get notified when it returns, or to keep up to date with any additional content, sign up to our newsletter at: Sign up for our email list at www.rachelsherlock.com/podcast


     


    Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson


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    Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod


     


    Works Mentioned:


    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell


    Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Thérèse of Lisieux by Thérèse de Lisieux


    Illustrated London News by G.K. Chesterton


    The Catechism of the Catholic Church


    What's Wrong with the World by G.K. Chesterton


    "The Inner Ring" by C.S. Lewis



    Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
     
    What We're Enjoying at the Moment


    Phoebe: Garden's World


    Rachel: From Up on Poppy Hill (film. 2013), Whisper of the Heart (film. 1995)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Lost in the Cosmos: Exploring Modernity and the Self with Walker Percy

    Lost in the Cosmos: Exploring Modernity and the Self with Walker Percy

    “Why is it that of all the billions and billions of strange objects in the Cosmos - novas, quasars, pulsars, black holes - you are beyond doubt the strangest”


    - Walker Percy Lost in the Cosmos


     


    In this episode Rachel is joined by Shane Jenkins to discuss Walker Percy’s satirical self-help book Lost in the Cosmos. In this book Percy explores ideas of the self, as well as the problems of modernity, scientism, identity crisis, and the breakdown of meaning in the modern age. Lost is the Cosmos is a complex and often troubling book but it also contains many keen observations and humorous moments. 


     


    Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Shane Jenkins


    Follow us on social media: @seekingwatson @shanekins


    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast


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    Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod


     


    Works Mentioned


    Lost in the Cosmos by Walker Percy


    The Moviegoer by Walker Percy


    “Everything is Broken” Tablet by Alana Newhouse


    Mystery and Manners by Flannery O’Connor


    Thoughts after Lambeth by T.S. Eliot


    “Is Pope Francis Anti-Modern?” The New Atlantis by M. Anthony Mills


     


    What We’re Enjoying at the Moment


    Shane: Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.


    Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky


    Hippo Campus (band)


     


    Rachel: Tickets to my Downfall by MGK (album)

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Heavenly and Hellish Creatures in The Great Divorce feat. Pints with Jack co-host David Bates

    Heavenly and Hellish Creatures in The Great Divorce feat. Pints with Jack co-host David Bates

    “If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.”


     


    ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce


     


    In this episode we are delighted to welcome to the show David Bates, co-host of the Pints with Jack podcast. He joins Phoebe and Rachel to discuss The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis’ imaginary supposition of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. We talk about how Lewis demonstrates the ways that sin traps us and prevents us from entering into the joy of heaven, as well as Lewis’ unique ability to capture the vital energy and attraction of virtue. 


     


    Check out David’s podcast: Pints with Jack 


    @PintswithJack on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube


    Check out David’s wife Marie’s podcast: Pints with Chesterton 


     


    Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson, David Bates


    Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod


    Follow me on social media: @seekingwatson


    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast


    Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com


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    Works mentioned in this episode:


     


    The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis


    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake


    Inaugural Homily, Pope Benedict XVI


    New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton


    “The Age of Anxiety” by W.H. Auden


    The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis


    The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis


    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien


    Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien


    The Misquotable C.S. Lewis: What He Didn't Say, What He Actually Said, and Why It Matters by William O’Flaherty


     


    What We're Enjoying at the Moment


    David: Speaking to his unborn son


    Phoebe: Smith of Wootten Major by J.R.R. Tolkien


    Rachel: Brideshead Revisited, 1981 TV Series

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Kingship in Camelot: The Quest for Justice in Arthurian Myth

    Kingship in Camelot: The Quest for Justice in Arthurian Myth

    “‘You will find,’ he explained, ‘that when the kings are bullies who believe in force, the people are bullies too. If I don't stand for law, I won't have law among my people.’”


    In this episode Rachel and Phoebe discuss the figure of King Arthur in Malory’s Le Morte Darthur, the biblical echoes of his kingship, his attempt to create a just society and his failure to embody Christ-like ideals. We also discuss the new Catholic magazine, Leaven, launched by friend of the show, Greg Daly. It’s a digital magazine which showcases a coherently and distinctly Irish Catholic vision, and explores a mix of topics from science to literature, pop culture to social justice, history to philosophy and beyond. It’s first edition features articles and interviews with a range of established and new Catholic writers, including an article by Rachel on the theme of Pentecost in Arthurian myth, which forms a backdrop to this podcast episode. 


    Click here to get your copy of Leaven:


    Leaven Magazine leavenmagazine.ie


    Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Phoebe Watson


    Follow me on social media: @seekingwatson


    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast


    Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com


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    Works mentioned in this episode:


    Le Morte Darthur, The Winchester Manuscript by Sir Thomas Malory


    The Once and Future King by T.H. White


    “The Sword of the Spirit,” Leaven by Rachel Sherlock


    “King Arthur and the Liturgical Year,” quiteirregular by Jem Bloomfield 


    “Lancelot Versus the Pentecostal Oath,” Arthurian Literature by Kiera Schneider


    “A Real Catholic Monarchy,” The Distributist Review by John C. Médaille


    “Reflections for the Feast of Christ the King,” Vatican News by Fr. Antony Kadavil


    “Christ the King of the Universe,” National Catholic Reporter by Mary M. McGlone, CSJ


     


    What We’re Enjoying at the Moment:


    Phoebe: The Sound of Music


    Rachel: 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Cross and the Beatitudes: The Sermon on Mount Calvary

    The Cross and the Beatitudes: The Sermon on Mount Calvary

    "Our Lord began his public life on the Mount of the Beatitudes and closed it on the Mount of Calvary. This books tells the story of how he practiced the meekness, the mercy, and the poverty of the Beatitudes." - Ven. Fulton Sheen


    In this episode of Risking Enchantment Rachel and Phoebe discuss the short book by Ven. Fulton Sheen called The Cross and the Beatitudes. In this book, Sheen correlates the Beatitudes to the seven last words of Christ, and in so doing he illuminates how Christ embodied the Beatitudes not only in his ministry but in the Passion itself. It is a book full of insight and wisdom, and at under 100 pages it is an ideal devotional to read this Holy Week. 


    We wish you all a prayerful Holy Week and a blessed Easter Season.


     


    Works Mentioned:


    The Cross and the Beatitudes by Ven. Fulton Sheen


    The Beauty and Ugliness of the Cross - Risking Enchantment


    Sacred Songs for Sorrowful Times: Music for Holy Week - Risking Enchantment


    The World’s First Love by Ven. Fulton Sheen


    “The Beatitudes Confront the Seven Deadly Sins” by Dennis and Rose Wingfield


    Perelandra by C.S. Lewis


    The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis


    "The Seven Words Spoken by Jesus Christ on the Cross" by St. Alphonsus Liguori


     


    What We're Enjoying at the Moment:


    Phoebe:


    The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis


    Pints with Jack: Season 4 - The Screwtape Letters


     


    Rachel:


    Tolkien's Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages by Holly Ordway


    Boreas/Zephyrus Vinyl by The Oh Hellos

    • 56 min
    The Prince of Egypt: An Epic in Animation

    The Prince of Egypt: An Epic in Animation

    "I will smite Egypt with all my wonders"


    - The Prince of Egypt


    For this episode of Risking Enchantment, we are joined by animator and friend Robyn Conroy to talk about the 1998 Dreamwork's film The Prince of Egypt. A fantastic film in its own right, it is also an interesting modern example of a biblical story becoming a prestigious entertainment and artistic event. We talk about the incredible visuals and music of the movie, as well as the filmmaker's faithful and accurate adaptation of this sacred story. An excellent family movie for Lent, The Prince of Egypt is a masterful example of both animated and musical storytelling.


     


    Hosts: Rachel Sherlock, Robyn Conroy


    Follow Rachel on social media: @seekingwatson


    Follow Robyn on Instagram: @robynconroyart


    Follow the podcast on Instagram: @riskingenchantmentpodcast


    Find out more at www.rachelsherlock.com


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    Works Mentioned:


    The Prince of Egypt (1998)


    The Making of The Prince of Egypt (YouTube)


    "An Ecumenical ‘Prince of Egypt’" By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times


    Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton


     


    What We're Enjoying At the Moment


    Robyn: Principium, Album by The Arcadian Wild


    Rachel: Dubliners by James Joyce, audiobook read by Andrew Scott

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

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Absolutely Delightful!

This podcast is full of lovely, lively discussion that has had me so engaged that there have been a few times when I've forgotten I'm not in a real-time conversation and nearly offered my own input on a topic! I have gathered so many good recommendations and insights about books and whatnot from each episode I've listened to. Insightful and intellectual, but so cozy and accessible too!

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Amazing Podcast

A friend recently introduced me to this podcast and I haven’t been able to stop listening since! I started with the episode on T.S. Eliot and was immediately hooked. Miss Sherlock has such vibrant insight into these great works of literature and it’s an absolute joy to listen to her podcast.

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Enchanted by Beauty

“Risking Enchantment” is consistently delightful, shining new light on classic works both well known & known only by reputation. Sherlock & Watson (& others) inspire me not just to read better books, but also to read books better.

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