Sigrid Undset’s First Novel “Marta Oulie”–Translated Into English for the First Time!

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For the first time Marta Oulie, the first published novel by acclaimed Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset, has been translated into English.Undset, who is best known for her later work, the three-volume  Kristin Lavransdatter, had not yet converted to the Catholic faith when she penned Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal at the age of 24; but already she was probing into the hearts and minds of women.I first became aware of Undset's work when Deal Hudson, former editor of Crisis Magazine, l … [Read more...]

Moms of Down Syndrome Babies: Be Not Afraid

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Imagine you're expecting a baby, and you've just learned that your child will have Down syndrome.  Would you be afraid?This video is making the rounds on the Internet this week, in anticipation of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21.  The ad was developed in response to a letter sent to CoorDown, Italy's national organization for people with Down syndrome, from a young mother who had just learned of a fetal abnormality, and who worries what life will be like for her child.The theme for t … [Read more...]

Love in the Ruins: Couple Ties the Knot in Abandoned Catholic Church

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A shuttered Catholic Church has had one more chance to nurture young love, as a couple took their wedding vows last month in the decaying structure.In its day, St. Agnes Catholic Church in Detroit probably saw many blushing brides walk down its aisle, many eager grooms wait to receive their beloved's hand in marriage.But old St. Agnes, located on LaSalle near 12th Street in Detroit, fell upon hard times. When Detroit's race riots occurred in 1967, St. Agnes was unscarred—but most of the n … [Read more...]