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  1. Is Realistic Catholic Fiction a Unicorn?

    December 15, 2017 9:42 am 2 Comments

    The accusation of blasphemy, at times directed at Christ, recorded in the Gospels, has long been directed at writers of Catholic fiction attempting to be realistic. Christ was a realist about his times and the world in which he mingled. He could also at times seem idealistic, e.g. in The… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature Catholic writers writing

  2. Meryl Kaleida

    Headline: Teenage Girl Gives Birth in Dirty Barn!

    December 4, 2017 12:00 pm Leave a Comment

    What was the last dramatic novel that you read? Was it a classic or pop fiction? Or perhaps, historical? Was it Biblical? Ah, you say, the Bible is not a novel! And you are right. But the Bible is one of the biggest dramas—particularly the Gospels. As we enter Advent,… Read more »

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  3. Ignatius Press Novels

    Video: Why Should I Read Jane Eyre?

    November 29, 2017 9:37 am 1 Comment

      Renaissance woman Eleanor Nicholson—author, Ignatius Critical Editions contributor, educator, serial funny video maker—sheds light on why you or a student you know should read the classic novel Jane Eyre. Even if you hated it the first time. Maybe especially if you hated it the first time.

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  4. Ignatius Press Novels

    Half-Priced Novels

    November 18, 2017 11:59 am Leave a Comment

    Just use the discount code NOVELS17 at ignatius.com for the next week (until November 26, 2017). These are all great titles. Remember, you only have until November 26, 2017 to get 50% off by using the code NOVELS17 at checkout!

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  5. We Cannot Remake Ourselves

    November 17, 2017 4:17 pm Leave a Comment

    I recently traveled to Minnesota to attend a good friend’s wedding. It was great to catch up with him and visit with others. I got to tour the wonderful Minneapolis Institute of Art with Catholic artist Timothy Jones, and also for the first time met with a cousin I hadn’t… Read more »

    Tags: Everywhere in Chains family history Terrapin We'll Never Tell Them

  6. Clemens Cavallin, himself an artist and author who has written a biography of Michael D. O’Brien titled On the Edge of Infinity, recorded an interview with the novelist at his home. In the video, Michael O’Brien talks about his latest novel, The Fool of New York City. Watch the video… Read more »

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  7. Meryl Kaleida

    Back to Our Bluegrass Roots

    November 1, 2017 12:00 pm Leave a Comment

    Music is the language of the soul. J.R.R. Tolkien’s and C.S. Lewis’ narratives describe creation being sung into being. The scriptures tell us about choirs of angels, playing on the lute and harp, singing and dancing. The liturgy itself is woven with melodies and harmonies to focus our attention on… Read more »

    Tags: art bluegrass country music dolly parton music roy acuff

  8. Taking a Leap

    October 20, 2017 6:16 pm Leave a Comment

    When I was a child I was extremely skinny—not much in the way of extra fat anywhere. It wasn’t something I noticed much about myself until I started going to swim class, and in the beginners’ lessons found that I really didn’t float easily like the teacher said I would…. Read more »

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  9. The recently released new edition of G.K. Chesterton’s The Flying Inn has been garnering stellar reviews! In Catholic World Report, Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin writes that Chesterton’s gleeful exaggeration satirizes the many-headed Hydra of modernity. Abstract modern art is “bad wall-paper; the sort of wall-paper that gives a sick man… Read more »

    Tags: book reviews G.K. Chesterton the flying inn

  10. John Herreid

    Fear of Women, Fear of Reality

    September 29, 2017 1:39 pm 6 Comments

    Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, has died. Along with countless others, I am offering prayers for his soul. But apart from the man himself, one has to look at the legacy he left behind. It’s a curious and strange thing that Hefner managed to make an old, sad sin seem… Read more »

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