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  1. 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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  2. The Fool of New York City

    August 20, 2016 9:27 am 1 Comment

    Set in present day Manhattan, The Fool of New York City is the tale of two souls who are considered to be “fools” and “idiots” in the eyes of most people they encounter. One is a literal giant, the other an amnesiac who believes he is the seventeenth-century Spanish painter… Read more »

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  3. Ben-Hur

    August 20, 2016 9:19 am Leave a Comment

    Ben-Hur is the classic, best-selling book behind the many famous film versions. The author, Lew Wallace, created a literary biblical epic in this exciting and inspirational story of friendship betrayed, revenge, and, ultimately, forgiveness and redemption. Subtitled “A Tale of the Christ”, Ben-Hur is the story of the fictional main… Read more »

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  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 »

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  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 »

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  6. Soup Bones and Novels

    February 3, 2016 4:48 pm 1 Comment

    Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard To get her poor dog a bone; But when she came there The cupboard was bare, And so the poor dog had none. —Mother Goose When we sold our Minnesota home and moved to England, I was working on a revision of a… Read more »

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  7. 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 »

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  8. 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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  9. John Herreid

    Shades of Reality

    February 4, 2015 12:28 pm Leave a Comment

    One of the weaknesses of Christians when it comes to being challenged by trashy media is that they often spring to creating “alternatives”—generally works on the same theme or in the same mode as the garbage being counteracted, but with a Christian gloss. These works are almost always bad, ham-fisted,… Read more »

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  10. Meryl Kaleida

    Truly Odd, but Truly Great

    January 21, 2015 11:55 am 3 Comments

    It is with great sadness that I review this last installment of the Odd Thomas series. I’m sad because Oddie became one of my best friends and now there are no more adventures with him… at least in this life. Koontz created one of the best literary characters and has… Read more »

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