Inklings of the Gospel: Fr. Robert Barron’s Latest Book Finds Meaning in Popular Culture

Seeds of the Word

Raise your hand if you remember CliffsNotes.  Those black and yellow-striped study guides were a boon to the hapless undergrad who lingered too late at the fraternity kegger, squandering his time with new friends when he should have been studying for his Lit exam.  For just a few dollars, CliffsNotes offered a quick plot summary, description of the characters, and analysis of the theme.  Ideally, CliffsNotes would be a companion to the complete masterpiece, offering insights without replacing the … [Read more...]

Meditations in God’s Garden

A Catholic Gardener's Spiritual Almanac

Spring arrived slowly this year.  In Michigan, where I make my home, the earth is still brown and muddy and the trees are bare; and there's still the chance that a rogue snowfall will smother the crocuses and the snowdrops, those delicate precursors of green grass and fragrant flowerbeds.Still, though, Spring is the time when our hearts turn to the garden.  Not in the hot Summer, when sultry breezes make it all too easy to set down the trowel and just loll around near the air conditioner; a … [Read more...]

For His Birthday, Robert Frost’s “Prayer In Spring”

The beloved American poet philosopher Robert Frost, four-time Pulitzer Prize winner, had a birthday this week!  Frost was born on March 26, 1874.Frost is best known for his sentimental depictions of American rural life.  You may remember one of his best known verses: "Two roads diverged a wood--and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."Today, though--as light flakes of snow fall here in Michigan (again!)--I'd like to share his Prayer In Sp … [Read more...]