The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

Her son was a wild one. She had tried to impart solid virtues and a lively faith—but her atheist husband quashed that with his brusque way and bad example.So when her eldest son reached his teens, he broke away—rejecting Christianity for an occult religion, and preferring an easy life of casual relationships and carefree sex.  He fathered a child out of wedlock.When her son had first begun the drinking, the carousing, the reckless lifestyle, she had turned her back in grief, forcing … [Read more...]

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Kateri Tekakwitha: Lily of the Mohawks

When I was in elementary school, my parents splurged on a membership to the Catholic Youth Book Club.  I was an avid reader, and we lived quite a distance from the library—so each month I’d thrill to tear open the box which arrived in our mailbox, and to reveal the new hardcover biography of one of the saints.  I collected the books on a shelf beside my bed, and I read them over and over:  adventures of great missionaries, heroic martyrs, and noble young women.One of my favorites was Kateri T … [Read more...]

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SWIMMING THE TIBER: To Quote Flannery O’Connor, “Here Comes Everybody!”

WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?Actors John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Jim Nabors, Faye Dunaway, Vincent Price, Susan Hayward and Patricia Neal Academics and intellectuals Hadley Arkes (Amherst), Mortimer Adler (Great Books), Robert Bork (Yale), G.K. Chesterton Royalty King Charles II ( Great Britain ) Artist Peter Paul Rubens Heroes of the Old West Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday Musician Dave Brubeck Politicians John Ellis (Jeb) Bush and Newt Gingrich Famed coach … [Read more...]

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