Art of Reading: Still Life with Japanese Children’s Book

Still Life with Japanese Children’s Book (also known as A Japanese Tale) Claude Raguet Hirst – circa 1890-1899 via lines and colors where there is interesting information about Claude Hirst. Image from The Athenaeum where you may see many more of Hirst’s paintings [Read more...]

Same Kind of Happy as Me: Reviewing “A People of Hope: Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Conversation with John L. Allen, Jr.”

Probably my chief professional frustration is that the Catholic Church I have come to know from the inside—the warmth and laughter one finds in most Catholic circles, the rich intellectual tradition, the vast body of lore, the incredible range of characters, the deep desire to do good, the abiding faith against all odds that thrives [Read More...]

Gospel of Mark Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture by Mary Healy

I have probably mentioned this here before, but this is my review upon finishing the book. Gospel of Mark, The by Mary Healy My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a really great commentary. Healy combines a lot of the information that I have in a variety of other commentaries (both Catholic and Protestant), but then pulls [Read More...]

Three Easy Pieces: Recently Read

Prove It! God by Amy Welborn My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was recommended to me when I was asking for good books that might help questioning atheists. It is aimed at a young audience (meaning teenage, I assume, from the way it was written). Although I found the arguments didn’t change in [Read More...]

Hugo Nomination Finalists Announced

SF Signal has the listing with the free fiction links so you can snap up as many as possible and read them. Congratulations also to SF Signal, a particular favorite of mine, for their two Hugo nominations. Well done and well deserved! [Read more...]

Easter Monday: Living Under Enemy Occupation in the Light of Victory

Now think of the cross and resurrection of Jesus as breaking the power of sin. But if the power of sin, death and evil has been broken, how can we make sense of the fact that it still continues to plague us? Human history and Christian experience tell us of a constant struggle against sin [Read More...]

Part 5: The Wedding at Cana and the Passion of Christ

Duccio di Buoninsegna. Maestà (back, predella): The Wedding at Cana. 1308-11. The final part of Fulton Sheen’s reflections on the wedding at Cana and Christ’s Passion, death and resurrection. The Cross is everywhere. When a man stretches out his arms in relaxation, he unconsciously forms the image of the reason for the Son of Man’s [Read More...]

To Be Or Not To Be raises more than one question … and leads to our most controversial episode yet.

It’s the sign of a good satire and also of our times when the 1942 classic movie To Be Or Not To Be turns our conversation to politics and Catholicism in America. Get it at A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. [Read more...]

“Thou”

My contribution to Sarah Reinhard’s ongoing series which considers the Hail Mary, word by word. There’s a surprising amount to reflect upon in that simple “thou” or so it seemed to me. [Read more...]

Part 4: The Wedding at Cana and the Passion of Christ

Gerard David. The Marriage at Cana. c. 1503. More of Fulton Sheen’s observations about the wedding at Cana and Christ’s Passion, death and resurrection. The six water pots were filled, making about one hundred and twenty gallons, and in the beautiful language of Richard Crashaw, “the conscious water saw its God and blushed.” The first [Read More...]


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