This story is featured in the spring 2021 issue of Lumen.
The St. Thomas Catholic Studies and LOGOS Journal team launched the new podcast “Deep Down Things” in early 2021. It has been developed as a partnership between St. Thomas Catholic Studies friends and supporters, most notably alumnus Father Byron Hagan ’11 and current Habiger Institute Leadership Interns coordinator Father Bryce Evans, priests of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
The podcast takes its name from a line in “God’s Grandeur,” a poem by the notable 19th Century English poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ: “And for all this nature is never spent; There live the dearest freshness deep down things.” A fitting reminder during an especially challenging 2020-21.
LOGOS Journal editor, popular speaker, writer and visiting Catholic studies professor Dr. David Deavel, and LOGOS managing editor Liz Kelly ’08 CSMA, syndicated Catholic columnist and
award-winning author, host the show, which showcases the depth and breadth of LOGOS Journal’s most notable authors and their essays through more accessible conversation. Drawing from the hallmark Catholic studies approach, Deavel and Kelly chat with guests about how God’s grandeur, the impact of Christ’s Incarnation, can be found at the intersection of faith and culture through literature, history, art, philosophy, technology and more.
The inaugural episode features iconographer and teacher Nicholas Markell of Markell Studios, the second explores transhumanism and the Netflix series “Black Mirror” with Paul Treschow. Additional season one episode topics include St. Thérèse de Lisieux, popular American political philosopher Russell Kirk, and relatively unknown German-Japanese Catholic writer Ida Friederike Görres.
“Deep Down Things” is available on all major podcasting platforms, including SoundCloud, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. Listeners can become patrons of the show and receive additional content by visiting patreon.com/deepdownthings. Patron content includes digital copies of the featured articles as well as mini-episodes, which are corresponding spiritual reflections to the main episodes, provided by Evans and Hagan.