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...]

Priceless: You’re the friend I’d least want to kill …

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Via the delightful Amy H. Sturgis, queen of the YA dystopian novel appreciators. [Read more...]

In which Legs of Great Power can only carry us so far and we meet an old acquaintance who tells of a blessing in disguise.

That can mean only one thing. Bridge of Birds, chapters 16-17, are ready for your listening pleasure at Forgotten Classics. [Read more...]

Live in Dallas? I’ll Be Speaking March 20.

I’ll be sharing my story From Atheist to Happy Catholic (and what I learned along the way) with the Altar Society at their evening meeting. And you’re invited too! Tuesday, March 20 7:00 p.m. (following 6:00 p.m. Mass) St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, St. Anne Hall (6306 Kenwood Avenue,  Dallas, TX 75214) You do not [Read More...]

The Catechism Demystified

This is a talk that I gave to our RCIA class. I’m sharing it here for anyone else who’d like a little help finding their way around the Catechism, which can be confusing but need not be. I am not an expert on the Catechism, but I do know how to use it. The Catechism [Read More...]

Looking at The Sabbath in a Whole New Way: Quick Review of The Sabbath by Abraham Heschel

The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel My rating: 4 of 5 stars Continuing my education on the third commandment and why we need to take it seriously. Ok, I’m already converted to the concept and live it to the best of my ability … but I want to elevate it in my mind and heart [Read More...]


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