Summer Reading: Alice McDermott’s “Someone”

Someone

I'm not sure why I've never before read anything by Alice McDermott.  She's a Catholic writer with seven books and numerous articles to her credit, a university professor with an illustrious academic career.  She received the American Book Award and the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction for her 1998 novel Charming Billy.Anyway, I hadn't read McDermott's books until this summer, when I've been enjoying her latest work, Someone.  In Someone, McDermott tells the story of an ordinary life … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis on St. James and the Inherent Conflict in the Astonishing Promise of James 1:6

C.S. Lewis

On July 25, Christians observe the Feast of St. James the Apostle.C.S. Lewis offered a reflection on the apparent contradiction in the Scriptures, as exemplified in James 1:6,  that you will get what you ask for, and yet also prepare yourself submissively in advance for a possible refusal.Be prepared to be frustrated:  He exposes the conundrum, but what he doesn't offer is a solution that you can take to the bank. The New Testament contains embarrassing promises that what we pray for w … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Stratford Caldecott, “Marvel” of Catholicism

Stratford Caldecott

I just heard the sad news:  Catholic writer Stratford Caldecott has died today of prostate cancer."Strat" Caldecott, the G.K. Chesterton Research Fellow at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford, was a giant in the Catholic world.  Among his many credits, he served on the editorial board of the International Theological Journal Communio, as well as the Catholic Truth Society.  He was co-editor for Magnificat UK, and he published his own literary journal Second Spring.  Caldecott was involved with T&T C … [Read more...]


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