Reading Art by a Painting Nun

Painted by Sister Isabella Guerra Found at lines and colors where you may see more of Sister Isabella Guerra’s luminous paintings and read about her. Sister Isabel Guerra is a nun at the Cistercian monastery of Santa Lucia, Zaragoza in Spain. She is a self-taught painter whose work in oil is often strikingly realistic, at [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week Finale: Sons of Cain by Val Bianco

Here’s the book I was reading that made me remember all those Catholic thrillers I highlighted last week. Good, evil, angels, demons, and a new breed of Knight Templar with (naturally) hearts of gold. Sons of Cain by Val Bianco You’re either going to love this thriller or hate it. It has a definite Catholic [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: Valley of the Bones by Michael Gruber

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I’m slipping this in under the “thriller” category but it is actually a mystery. Valley of the Bones by Michael Gruber is hands-down one of the most interesting books I have ever read in. Gritty and very Catholic, it is without the usual trappings found in a mystery. In Miami, a man is hit on [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: Bleeder by John Desjarlais

Reed Stubblefield is on his way to his brother’s cabin in a small Illinois town. He needs time to recuperate from a debilitating injury, he is traumatized by his wife’s recent death, and he is writing a book. A little peace and quiet are just what the doctor ordered, right? Wrong. Of course, Reed is [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: Dimiter by William Peter Blatty

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Written for SFFaudio, book provided by publisher. In 1973 a nameless prisoner is being tortured in an Albanian prison, where “grace and hope had never touched.” Colonel Vlora, known as “The Interrogator,” is frustrated and mystified by a man they have come to call The Prisoner because they cannot even make him speak. Is he [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read

It is not often that I receive a book around 1:00 in the afternoon and finish it by 10:00 the next morning. This thriller was compelling enough to keep me reading at every opportunity so that I did precisely that. Juan Uriarte, a former priest known for his compassion for the marginalized in third world [Read More...]

Catholic Thriller Week: The Secret Cardinal by Tom Grace

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After distributing the bread of the Eucharist, Yin offered the wine, reenacting a ritual that originated with the Passover Seder Jesus shared with his closest friends on the eve of his crucifixion. The simple act brought Yin and his congregants into communion with a billion other Roman Catholics around the world and with God.Yin had [Read More...]

The Latest Book I’m Reading That’s All About Marriage. Would You Believe … The Odyssey?

It’s true. Jesse, Scott, and I discuss Books 5-8 of The Odyssey at SFFaudio. [Read more...]

Respecting Conscience: Reviewing “The Right to Be Wrong” by Kevin Seamus Hasson

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I wrote this way back in 2005 for Spero News but discovered that their site clips a good portion of the text. I’m rerunning it here to preserve the review because this is a book that still informs the way I try to deal with those with whom I disagree. And Heaven only knows that [Read More...]

At the Crossroads in America: We Hold These Truths

A reminder that the issue is religious liberty, which all Americans should hold dear. [Read more...]


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