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  1. Ignatius Press Novels

    Prologue: A Postcard from the Volcano

    May 28, 2015 5:52 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the prologue of the novel A Postcard from the Volcano by Lucy Beckett. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! Prologue In the winter of 1961 Max Hofmann was dying. No one said so, not even the doctor, who seemed to… Read more »

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  2. John Herreid

    One Weird Trick to Appreciate Art

    May 19, 2015 11:45 am 3 Comments

    “Oh, is that an allusion to the Fall?” “The what?” “The Fall of Adam and Eve.” “Uh, no.” “Is it Persephone in the underworld?” “Who?” It was around ten years ago. I was at an open studio event held in a huge old warehouse in the SOMA neighborhood of San… Read more »

    Tags: art appreciation bible classics Ignatius Critical Editions

  3. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapter: The Last Crusader

    May 13, 2015 2:36 pm 1 Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel The Last Crusader by Louis de Wohl. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! CHAPTER 1 There was no road to Leganés, just a narrow, muddy path marked by occasional imprints of naked feet and… Read more »

    Tags: crusades First Chapter historical fiction lepanto Louis de Wohl

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    Mother’s Day Is for Remembering

    May 7, 2015 4:11 pm 5 Comments

    Reading with my mother, 1979. My mother never lived to see any of her grandchildren. Each year as Mother’s Day rolls around, I’m reminded again of this fact. She died in the month of May when many of her own children were still young, surrounded by family in the living… Read more »

    Tags: memory Mother's Day parents

  5. Ignatius Press Novels

    First Chapter: Do No Harm

    May 7, 2015 10:59 am Leave a Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel Do No Harm by Fiorella de Maria. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! Prologue Maria sat hunched over her computer, blinking sleepily at the gaudy colours of the news website. She had been checking… Read more »

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  6. John Herreid

    Wolfe, Innocence, Literature, and Rock Monsters

    April 30, 2015 11:37 am Leave a Comment

    In the past week I’ve ended up saving a number of links to read and re-read, and in the hopes that others may also get some enjoyment and interest from them I’m sharing them with you. First up, there’s a short piece in the New Yorker about science-fiction writer Gene… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Ceremony of Innocence gene wolfe noah tim powers

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    First Chapter: Toward the Gleam

    April 23, 2015 1:59 pm Leave a Comment

    Read the first chapter of the novel Toward the Gleam by T.M. Doran. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! November 8, 1972 Saint Hugh’s Charterhouse, Sussex Porter broke silence. That was no little thing, but the breaking of his silence was… Read more »

    Tags: fantasy First Chapter J.R.R. Tolkien mystery novels T.M. Doran Toward the Gleam

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    A Message from Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.

    April 22, 2015 12:44 pm 2 Comments

    Do You Ever Read Novels? That’s a Yes or No question. Here are some thoughts on each possible answer: No? Well, you should. Or if that sounds too moralistic: reading good novels can make you a better, happier person, a “new self and nobler me” (Hopkins). Really? Why? The reasons… Read more »

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    Introducing Children to Art

    April 21, 2015 11:16 am Leave a Comment

    My daughter and oldest son have very different takes on this portrait by Raphael. A while back I was asked for some thoughts on art, beauty, and God. A few of those comments made their way into this nice article on beauty by Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick in Our Sunday Visitor…. Read more »

    Tags: art children education

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    First Chapter: The Rising

    April 13, 2015 1:47 pm 2 Comments

    Read the first chapter of the thrilling novel The Rising by Robert Ovies. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! One It was, as wake services go, unremarkable. Marion Klein had been a faithful wife for twenty-one years, a gracious mother for… Read more »

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