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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. T. M. Doran

    Human Liberty and “The Obsolete Man”

    March 23, 2016 1:17 pm Leave a Comment

    Is there a common thread between Christians and other “enemies of the faith” murdered by the scores in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere; “enemies of the state” beaten or disappearing in Russia, China, and North Korea; and many other states where a failure to conform to the orthodoxy of… Read more »

    Tags: commentary Rod Serling The Twilight Zone

  7. John Herreid

    An Elegy for the Used Book Store

    March 18, 2016 12:44 pm 5 Comments

    “The used book store, unlike the catalogue or even the library, puts us in a place where we can come across and buy some unsuspected title that turns out to get at the essence of what is.” —James V. Schall, S.J., Another Sort of Learning “We are all coming to… Read more »

    Tags: bookstores reading used books

  8. oviesinterview

    An Interview with Robert Ovies

    March 17, 2016 5:20 pm Leave a Comment

    Robert Ovies’ first novel, The Rising, was acclaimed by readers as the sort of fast-paced thriller that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until you’ve reached the back cover. His new novel, Barely a Crime, (read the first chapter here) is another spiritual thriller with even… Read more »

    Tags: author interviews Barely a Crime Robert Ovies The Rising

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    First Chapter: Barely a Crime

    March 15, 2016 6:56 pm 1 Comment

    Read the first chapters of the novel Barely a Crime by Robert Ovies. If you like what you’re reading, visit the novel’s page to learn more or order! PROLOGUE Kieran Lynch was born in a pine bed in his parents’ lower flat in West Belfast, Ireland, on a night that… Read more »

    Tags: Barely a Crime First Chapter Robert Ovies

  10. John Herreid

    Fear is underrated by most people. Fearlessness is what gets lauded. But fear is an essential part of a healthy perspective on life. If we don’t fear a hot stove, we may get burned; if we don’t fear wild animals, we may end up like one of those sentimental wilderness… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews Medusa's Web Tim Powers

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