A Song That is Even More Evergreen Than When It Was Written

which is its tragedy:

A Muslim Family’s Chair for the Pope

Author Stefan Salinas writes to tell me of his new book for children, which he both wrote and illustrated.  It is a Catholic-Muslim children’s book that is slowly getting attention. To create it, I not only combed the internet for stories and images pertaining to this true event from Bosnia, but I was able to interview the senior carpenter! The description says: In the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Muslims, Orthodox Christians and Catholics have been living side by side for... Read more

A reader writes from Canada

I don’t know if you have heard of this Greek-Canadian composer before, but even if he writes a lot of sacred music, he is one of the contemporary composers whose art music is most often played in the (secular) world. For example, here is the very first paragraph you will find on his Home page following his picture: (He is a Greek Orthodox) “I feel strongly that with my music, I am trying to force a tiny opening in the... Read more

A reader writes with some questions…

…and I stumble along trying to help as best I can.  Sez he: I’m working through your book and enjoy it very much.  I’m not going to send you dozens of emails and ask you tons of questions, but I’m hoping you can point me in the right direction on this one specific item.   Briefly, I born in 1957, I’m married, we have 5 children all grown up now and all married and now with several grandchildren.  I was... Read more

Reader Zac Alstin has a couple of new books!

Tom Gunn loves reading fantasy books and having adventures on his family’s land in the hills. But when his sister becomes mysteriously sick and their parents decide to move down to the city, Tom feels like his life has had all the adventure sucked out of it. Then one day Tom runs into their gruff old neighbour Mr Randolph, who tells him about a hidden magical world, and a magician who can cure his sister. But Tom arrives to find... Read more

A reader writes with some jitters…

She writes: I caught up this morning on some news about the goings-on between our president and North Korea’s. These are scary times we live in. I have to ask: how can faithful lay Catholics respond to all of this? What can a small Catholic family do? I just recently had a baby and I think that adds a whole new element of fear with all that is going on, but I’d like to pray, do something. Ultimately, our hope... Read more

Rather than be afraid, Sherry Antonetti has a good idea for this hour…

She writes: Not to be nervous or fearful, but the world is full of potential fire right now, and needs prayer as never before. It feels a bit strange to ask, but I’m inviting people from all stripes of the Catholic Blogosphere to participate in an August 11th day of prayer for peace, not just for the bigger world of nations, but for all of us who happily call ourselves Catholic, and struggle to live it out with everything we... Read more

With All the Korea Hubbub…

…some Catholics are working themselves into a terror over the alleged apparitions of Our Lady at Akita.  Not so fast: In 1981, after studying the case, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had reached a negative decision regarding the visions and messages of Akita, and the supposed supernatural events that took place there. After reading the report, Bishop Ito found that a number of details had not been submitted to the congregation, so he sent them to Rome,... Read more

Free Book for your Kids!

Brandon Hale’s  Prince Martin Wins His Sword children’s ebook is FREE on Amazon. This unforgettable debut embraces the heroic tradition of The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Treasure Island—with a twist: it’s written entirely in rhyming epic verse, making it a thrill to read aloud with a child! As Prince Martin admires the ancient steel in the castle armory, he longs for a sword of his own. But the King decrees his son must prove himself first. The boy gets his chance when the caw of... Read more

How Culture Warriors, Not Priests, Talk and Act

Fr. Frank Pavone was last seen committing what his own bishop called an act of “desecration” of an altar:  using the corpse of a baby he has evidently refused Christian burial for decades in order to perform a 45 minute stump speech for Donald Trump. Now he’s back, still stumping for Donald and, with unerring timing, choosing the exact moment when Trump is threatening to commit what the Church calls a “crime against God and man meriting unequivocal condemnation” in order to... Read more