Francis: Pope of a New World

Francis: Pope of a New World is a book on Pope Francis that was just released as an ebook with the Hardcover coming in the next two days. This was written by the fairly well-known Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli. The writer who I keep forgetting is a man. This book has the flaws you would expect [Read More…]

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Why I’m Catholic

Because the Catholic Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Ten years ago I belonged to an Episcopal congregation that called itself “Biblically Orthodox”, in contradistinction to more theologically liberal groups within that denomination, and made the mistake of asking what “Biblically Orthodox” really meant. To find out I went to the Fathers of the [Read More…]

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Why I’m Catholic

Jen Fitz here, answering the call from Patheos to explain ourselves!  Here’s my story: 1. I’m Catholic because my parents had me baptized as a baby.  We went to church sporadically.  I  knew very little about my faith, but always knew I was Catholic. 2. I’m Catholic because I know what it’s like not to [Read More…]

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What I’m Reading: Save Send Delete

Save Send Delete by Danusha Goska My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m about halfway through this review book which was sent by the author after she heard me on the radio while waiting for the bus. Which had a charm all its own when considered as a review request … and when I looked [Read More…]

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Snippet Reviews of Recent Reads

Here’s some snippet reviews of books I’ve finished in the last week: 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Fr. Michael Gaitley (Marian Press, 2011) My Rating: 5 of 5 stars (reread) I read this last year, and I’ll admit: given that we had plans for spring break that involved packing books, I read the last [Read More…]

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Scott and Julie wander around yet another failed civilization …

… saved only by a bag of tortilla chips they pick up on the way (this announcement sponsored by Tostitos) while they discuss The Parable of the Sower on A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more…]

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Conversing with God in the Easter Season by Stephen Binz

Conversing with God in the Easter Season: Praying the Sunday Mass Readings with Lectio Divina by Stephen J. Binz My rating: 5 of 5 stars “Mystagogy” is a Greek word referring to the process of leading those who have been initiated into a mystery into an understanding of its deep meaning and its significance for [Read More…]

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Assassin’s Code by Jonathan Maberry

Assassin’s Code by Jonathan Maberry My rating: 4 of 5 stars In my trade, confidence is built on a platform whose legs are made up of good intelligence, continuous training, proper equipment, and field support. I had a sick dog, a dead man’s gun, a stolen briefcase, a vampire hunter’s stake in my belt, and [Read More…]

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Getting the Marriage Conversation Right: A Book About the Catholic Position on Same-Sex Unions

I originally posted this column at my personal blog, as part of a book review on behalf of The Catholic Company. The review is at the bottom of the page, but I need to lay out some preliminary matter first.  And this is a post concerning sex.  Not for children. To be Catholic is to [Read More…]

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Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko

Twilight Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko My rating: 5 of 5 stars Sergei Lukyanenko is back to full form in the third of the books looking at the Light versus the Dark. Intriguingly this book begins with the joint statements: This book is of no relevance to the cause of the Light. — The Night Watch [Read More…]

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