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May 15, 2018
Notes on Heresy
I haven’t any major gripes with the Roman Catholic Church. On the whole, I feel...
February 26, 2018
A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang: Part 1
Gene Luen Yang is the MacArthur genius grant–winning author of graphic novels including Boxers and...
January 18, 2018
On Monks, Conversion, and Radio Astronomy, Part 2
On my second day at the abbey, I bounced around, trying to listen, to feel,...
January 17, 2018
Of Monks, Conversion, and Radio Astronomy, Part 1
In the middle of life, I fell in love. For my forty-ninth birthday, my wife...
November 15, 2017
A Feminine Corollary to Machismo? Part 1
After the keynote speaker at the conference, everyone in my immediate vicinity wanted a drink,...
August 17, 2017
Life, Death, Bread, Host
Guest Post by Laura Bramon This post originally appeared at "Good Letters" on August 18,...
August 01, 2017
Our Lady of Czestochowa
Before a metastasizing cancer had fully whittled away her quality of life, my mother left...
June 06, 2017
Movements of the Lord
As I was saying my rosary this morning on my walk, it occurred to me...
May 19, 2017
Poetry Friday: “The Spirit of Promise”
Memories can make good material for poetry. In “The Spirit of Promise,” Daniel Donaghy is...
March 21, 2017
Calling the Lapsed
By E.D. The parish party was a bust. As a member of the Parish Council,...
September 08, 2016
The New Critics and the Barbarians
The poet and writer Dana Gioia penned an essay for the December 2013 issue of...
June 21, 2016
By Grace Talusan We stumbled onto the bus in Lisbon, sleepy after the overnight flight...
June 13, 2016
Eden at the Indy 500
I managed to live in Indiana for forty years before visiting the Indianapolis 500. A...
April 11, 2016
A Strange Season for Inter-Christian Families
American culture, at this late and plural hour, seems to have pretty well normalized the...
March 31, 2016
A Rabbi, a Priest, and a Wedding: Part 2
Read Part 1 here. By Danielle Leshaw Judaism tells us how to leave. Leaving the...
March 30, 2016
A Rabbi, a Priest, and a Wedding: Part 1
By Danielle Leshaw Father Bill offered a set of instructions. “Walk beside me, never on...
March 10, 2016
Praying the Rosary
By Laura Bramon My first rosary is invisible: a string of children’s voices ricocheting off...
January 14, 2016
Learning Detachment in the Attic
By Elizabeth Duffy When my cousin became a Dominican sister, she gave away all of...
October 19, 2015
Here at Last is Love: The Poems of Dunstan Thompson
I get tingly with anticipation when I'm about to meet a new poet. I don't...
October 13, 2015
Lucia Berlin: A Master of Catholic Fiction, Part 2
By Jenny Shank Continued from yesterday. Catholic imagery appears throughout Lucia Berlin’s A Manual for...
October 12, 2015
Lucia Berlin: A Master of Catholic Fiction, Part 1
By Jenny Shank In September, Lucia Berlin’s posthumous collection of selected short stories A Manual for...
September 23, 2015
The Holy Wafer on the Floor
Sometimes I take the Host in the mouth, other times I take it in the...
July 28, 2015
Poets and Pope Embrace our Planet
Poets have no problem seeing the world evolving within God's care. Okay, that's too general...
May 14, 2015
Contemplative Questions: An Interview on Spirituality and Prayer with Fr. Raymond Shore, OP, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Jan Vallone: You say that joy is the knowledge of the possession...
May 13, 2015
Contemplative Questions: An Interview on Spirituality and Prayer with Fr. Raymond Shore, OP, Part 1
Spurred by both confusion and curiosity, I recently took a graduate course on contemporary spirituality...
April 17, 2015
Jesus Through Poets’ Eyes
In my Catholic faith, Easter lasts for seven weeks, until Pentecost; so I'm not too...
March 12, 2015
Signs, Parables, and The Lord of the Rings
I’m reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy for the first time. I inwardly cringed...
February 18, 2015
The Sex Offender and the Cross
Guest post by Paul Luikart One day the girl I loved called me up—out of...
January 13, 2015
St. Francis and the Bloody-Nosed Friar
Staying with friends in Silver Lake, Los Angeles for the holidays, I’ve taken to walking...
November 26, 2014
Death and the Absurdity of Heaven
I remember, as an undergraduate, reading Spinoza for the first time. I came across the...
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