Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition by Louis Markos

Heaven and Hell: Visions of the Afterlife in the Western Poetic Tradition by Louis Markos My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was an excellent overview of the stories that have influenced and shaped our views of Heaven and Hell from ancient times until now. I particularly enjoyed the author’s exploration of the chain of [Read More...]

Book Review: St. Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton

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Chesterton takes on a challenging task in writing a biography of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis was beloved in his own life time, so even the earliest sources are bound to exaggerate (if not make up) stories. Or at least skeptics can assume so. And Francis’s life was well over five hundred years ago leaving [Read More...]

The Lord by Romano Guardini

The Lord by Romano Guardini That Jesus’ task “is consummated” must be true, because he says so (John 19:30). Yet what a spectacle of failure! His word rejected, his message misunderstood, his commands ignored. None the less, his appointed task is accomplished, through obedience to the death—that obedience whose purity counterbalances the sins of a [Read More...]

Book Reviews: Finding Happiness and First Cause Arguments

Finding True Happiness: Satisfying Our Restless Hearts (Happiness, Suffering, and Transcendence) by Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, SJ. In some ways this is a seemingly odd book bringing together arguments from physics, a technical analysis of the four levels of happiness, along with help with prayer. Moving from physics to prayer. Still as a whole it [Read More...]

Dante’s 750th Birthday, Pope Francis and Some Good Reading

On the eve of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Father expresses his hope that during this year the figure of Dante and his work will also accompany us on this personal and community path. “Indeed”, he remarks, “the Comedy may be read as a great itinerary, or rather as a true pilgrimage, both [Read More...]

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne This was a great book. It was very different from The Scarlet Letter style-wise with lots of description which set mood, tone, and gave layers of additional meaning. Luckily, I’ve been reading so much Dickens lately that I was able to recognize when to abandon my [Read More...]

Book Review: Triumph by H. W. Crocker III

Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church by H. W. Crocker III   With a title like Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church, any reader can make a reasonable guess about the attitude of author H. W. Crocker III. He’s as pro-Catholic a writer as you may ever [Read More...]

Book Review – The Coup at Catholic University

As a convert to the faith I have become quite interested in the history of the Church during the whole lifetime of the Church. Pretty much every age of the Church is quite fascinating. The ups ands downs, the saints and sinners, all the ecclesiastical conflicts. These tensions in Church history are chronicled from the [Read More...]

Book Review: City Beyond Time by John C. Wright

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City Beyond Time: Tales of the Fall of Metachronopolis by John C. Wright Nothing lasts forever, even if you have the ability to travel through time and try to make it stay. John C. Wright’s collection of short stories tell various significant and insignificant events near the end of the city of Metachronopolis, where time [Read More...]

The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage by Brené Brown “In my research,” Dr. Brown says, “the word I use to describe people who can live from a place of vulnerability is wholehearted.” Being wholehearted is a practice—one that we can choose to cultivate through empathy, gratitude, and awareness. Join this engaging [Read More...]


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