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The Anchoress

Resurrection: Eden’s Book Makes Great Easter Reading!

If you take a look at Dawn Eden’s excellent book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On, you’ll see a little blurb from me that says: “Dawn Eden’s book helped me to understand that virtue is about much more than our sexuality; its pursuit is a positive action applicable to [Read More...]

The Deacon's Bench

Palm Sunday

Weather: chilly. Liturgies: beautiful. Music: “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” “The Palms,” “Ride On! Ride On!,” “O Sacred Head Surrounded,” “Lift High the Cross.” Church: packed.

Pursued by Truth

Lent is Like a Freezer: What Lenten Lesson Have You Learned?

Lent can be a cold, dark freezer if we don't let Jesus in to live it with us. During Lent we are called to take stock and go through our “spiritual freezer.” Sr. Chelsea, a novice with the Daughters of St. Paul shares how!

Seasons of Grace

PRAYERS NEEDED: Cardinal George Readmitted to Loyola Hospital

Could you take a few minutes to say a prayer for Cardinal George? For the second time this month, Cardinal Francis George, retired archbishop of Chicago, has returned to Loyola Hospital–this time for pain management and hydration issues.  The 78-year-old cardinal, who has been facing recurrent cancer in his liver and kidney, returned to the [Read More...]

Public Catholic

Palm Sunday: Jesus’ Popularity was Going Viral

The Skit Guys explain Palm Sunday.

God in the Machine

The Earliest Known Depiction of Witches On Brooms, and What It Tells Us About Evil

This marginal illustration comes from Le champion des dames (A Defense of Women) by Martin Le France, 1451. Martin was secretary to both Antipope Felix V and Pope Nicholas V. His work is a 24,000-verse (!) poem extolling the virtues of women, but also condemning heresy and corruption. The witches are identified Vaudois, or Waldensians, who were accused of practicing witchcraft and [Read More...]

Christopher Close-Up

I Want to Help Kids See They Have a Hero Inside: An Interview with Joan Bauer

A car accident seemed to end Joan Bauer’s career before it even began. After spending several years studying to be a screenwriter, Joan signed with a big talent agency in New York City, ready to take on a new phase of her life. Two days later, she endured a debilitating car accident that left her [Read More...]

A Good Measure

Westminster Cardinal Welcomes Modern Slavery Act

From Zenit comes the report of Cardinal Nicols of Westminster offering words of encouragement on the Modern Slavery Act of 2015: “I welcome the Modern Slavery Act 2015 as the Bill receives Royal Assent today. While no Act can cover everything in the serious criminal activity of human trafficking and modern slavery, which abuses vulnerable [Read More...]

Kate O'Hare's Pax Culturati

‘Killing Jesus’: The (Holy) Book Is Better

I haven’t read Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s “Killing Jesus,” but I have seen the movie. So, I can’t say if the movie is an improvement on the bestselling historical thriller – but as both “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Kennedy” diverged from the books that inspired them, one could suspect the same here – but it’s definitely [Read More...]

Cosmos the in Lost

See and Taste the Lord is Good: Ocular Communion as Real Communion

Yesterday’s post on the curious practice of ocular communion included a brief citation that Ann Astell excerpted in her Eating Beauty. That brief citation from Image as Insight: Visual Understanding in Western Christianity and Secular Culture caused the most consternation, because it argued that in medieval practice and popular piety (lex orandi, lex credendi?) ocular [Read More...]

I Have to Sit Down

Hollywood is Lady Tremaine: Why I love Branagh’s Cinderella

Saw it, liked it! I agree with just about everything Steve Greydanus says here. I do think the movie would be judged a bit more critically if it had been made in any other decade. Since it dropped out of the blue into hypercynical 2015, it’s notable mostly for what it refuses to do: it refuses [Read More...]

...and these Thy gifts

French Onion Soup / Soupe a l’Oignon Gratinée

Reposting from my old blog. Onion soup is a lovely thing to make right after the onion harvest at end of season, when the weather’s just starting to cool down. Onion soup is also a lovely thing to start love stories with. Like ours, which certainly didn’t begin with onion soup, but has seen its [Read More...]

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