The Smile of a Ragpicker by Paul Glynn, S.M.

The Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko Kitahara Convert and Servant of the Slums of Tokyo by Fr Paul Glynn My rating: 5 of 5 stars Satoko Kitahara was a young Japanese woman born to a wealthy family with a prestigious heritage. In 1947 she, like so many of her contemporaries, had a [Read More...]

Art, Poetry, and Literature: Two New Books on Prayer You Need to Get

I haven’t done more than dip into these books but I already know enough to recommend them. Full reviews will follow but I didn’t want to wait until I was finished to tell you about them. Art and Prayer: The Beauty of Turning to God by Timothy Verdon There is an “art of prayer,” when [Read More...]

The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl

The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl My rating: 4 of 5 stars What is it with Louis de Wohl’s books? They’re like peanuts or popcorn. You just keep tossing back handfuls because they’re so good and go down so tastily. I received The Joyful Beggar on a Saturday at noon in the mail. Sunday [Read More...]