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  1. FNYC-H

    My oldest grandson, Eli, is a couple months short of his sixth birthday as I write this. He has a phrase that he picked up during a visit to Disney World: “It’s magical.” He uses it now whenever he discovers some new, shiny, wonder-inducing beauty. I thought of this when… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews michael d. o'brien the fool of new york city

  2. Ignatius Press Novels

    Michael O’Brien to receive Aquinas Award for Fiction

    September 1, 2016 5:40 pm Leave a Comment

    The 2016 Aquinas Award for Fiction will be given to Michael D. O’Brien for his novel Elijah in Jerusalem at Aquinas College’s Second Annual Tolkien & Lewis Celebration in Nashville, Tennessee. Joseph Pearce, the acclaimed literary biographer and director of the Center for Faith and Culture, will present the award… Read more »

    Tags: aquinas award for fiction joseph pearce Lucy Beckett michael d. o'brien

  3. John Herreid

    Let’s Eat!

    August 26, 2016 12:15 pm Leave a Comment

    Food crops up a lot in literature. The mushrooms and cakes in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the lovingly-depicted meal with the Beavers in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the extravagant descriptions of holiday dishes in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol all remind us that… Read more »

    Tags: cooking food literature pancakes recipes

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    Did Orwell Have It Wrong? Did Huxley Have It Right?

    August 11, 2016 11:54 pm 2 Comments

    George Orwell comes up regularly in political conversation. Often his invocation is apt, as when we speak of the twisting of language to favor the powerful. But often it isn’t, with attempts to portray any political opponents or governmental actions we happen to dislike as ruling with an iron fist…. Read more »

    Tags: aldous huxley Benedict XVI dystopia george orwell

  5. Meryl Kaleida

    Olympians: Some of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

    August 5, 2016 2:24 pm Leave a Comment

      Today is the opening day of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio! And I am beyond excited. Television sports and I don’t usually mingle very well (except for maybe baseball), so this is the only time every 4 years that you’ll see me cheering at the T.V. over athletic bravado…. Read more »

    Tags: 2016 Olympics adversity inspiration Olympians Olympics Rio 2016

  6. James Casper

    Blackrobes on the Quad

    July 1, 2016 1:23 pm 1 Comment

    “Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.” — Stephen Daedalus, A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce Chance readers of my contributions to… Read more »

    Tags: Catholicism college Jesuits Memoir vatican ii

  7. John Herreid

    A Lesson from Monsters

    June 3, 2016 4:00 pm Leave a Comment

    The other day I saw an article being shared on social media that stated that talent is a “myth”. The author, one of those marketing and sales gurus you see often in online business journalism, argued that with hard work, anybody can do anything. And those who insist otherwise are… Read more »

    Tags: movies for children Pixar talents

  8. Meryl Kaleida

    Once Upon a Time…

    May 3, 2016 12:14 pm 9 Comments

    My fellow writer, John Herreid, posted recently about the importance of stories in family life. John’s article has many helpful resources to help you find appropriate literature and movies for kids. Stories with values, morals, and important lessons are what shape your children into the adults they become. What you… Read more »

    Tags: Amoris Laetitia Marriage and family Once Upon a Time traditional fairy tales

  9. John Herreid

    I’ve finished reading Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. I’m sure there will be much discussion of the document over the next few weeks, and much reflection. As the Pope says in the introduction, “Given the rich fruits of the two-year Synod process, this Exhortation will treat, in different… Read more »

    Tags: Amoris Laetitia art family marriage novels Pope Francis

  10. Dan at Ignatius

    Percy at 100

    March 30, 2016 5:31 am Leave a Comment

    The third annual Walker Percy Weekend is being held in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The first was at the time briefly noted in this space, and an organizer recently reached out to say “come on over” this year. (Not “come on over and we’ll cover the entry fee”, alas.) If crawdad… Read more »

    Tags: American South Catholic culture conferences culture links novelists novels Walker Percy

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