February 28, 2019

  Trigger Warning: suicide . . . .   The neighbor upstairs killed herself last week. Or maybe it was the week before. When you’re depressed and your PTSD flares up at Christmas, the days blur together pretty clear. Or maybe she blurred ’em for me. She knows—it’s easier to cope that way sometimes. When her husband called to tell us, Adelina cried. I hadn’t seen her cry before. Well, maybe once, when a mother from the school died. Cancer…. Read more

February 24, 2019

We are the dirt beneath Your fingernails  Lord, how can You stand us? We are the briar caught in Your robe Lord, how can You stand us? You wash us off, You pull us free,  yet we remain what we are— To bemoan and defile and tear  Tear tender holes through Your flesh, through the wholly untrodden paths of Your heart that pump the blood we drink To drink blood we spill  And spit  And wretch  We treat You as… Read more

February 15, 2019

This review by a guest contributor goes into details that are spoilers for the trilogy of movies “Unbreakable”, “Split”, and “Glass”, so consider this your SPOILER ALERT!     The Story Thus Far, True Believers… The quiet yet brilliant 2000 film Unbreakable was released in a cinematic time long before the grandeur of Avengers movies and the depth of Black Panther. Beautifully acted, it offered moviegoers a truly wonderful superhero film experience all wrapped about a very real family drama…. Read more

January 28, 2019

(This post is in response to a “Faith & Reason” letter written by Benjamin Ranieri featured in the January 27, 2012 Rambler, published at Christendom College. You can find it in its entirety here.)   Dear Ladies,   Before I preface that I, Benjamin, am male (a fact made noteworthy by myself with no other reason than to make sure you knew), I will confound you with classical sexisms used so frequently you wouldn’t know they were sexisms unless you happened… Read more

January 20, 2019

  On New Year’s Eve I spent some time reflecting, and I wrote my thoughts to a beloved friend who has become like a spiritual guide to me:   I’m wrestling with something. I went to Mass yesterday. I wanted to go, and my friend explicitly told me I didn’t have to go, which made it that I was able to go. I walked into St. Patrick’s parish in Edinburgh and smelled incense and saw the manger and felt at… Read more

January 14, 2019

    My mom and I were just discussing the bizarre crises of identity this whole Church Militant shit show has stirred up within us.   The thing you need to understand is, I was raised by a man who worshiped Michael Voris and CM. My father praised my writing even as he constantly tore me down. He tried to turn me into the disfigured, judgmental, hate-flinging kind of woman that Christine Niles is. As someone said recently, one of… Read more

January 13, 2019

  My freshman year at Franciscan University of Steubenville, I was required to read books that contained graphic sexual content, including graphic homosexual content.   I had never been exposed to such content in literature before. My father had decided that his children needed to be homeschooled so that we would be protected from content such as this, content that might destroy our innocence. I was raised with fear of the corrupting power of books with any kind of sexual… Read more

January 11, 2019

I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville from the Fall of 2011 to the Spring of 2015, majoring in Literature and studying under the various teachers in that department, including Rebecca Bratten-Weiss (who was the victim of a terrible and immoral witch-hunt by that same university that cost her her job), and the recently accused Dr. Stephen Lewis. To answer your first question, no, I have not read The Kingdom by Emmanuel Carrère (yet; I already have it on hold at… Read more

January 6, 2019

Yesterday morning I had the hilariously stupid delight of seeing the movie Holmes and Watson. While waiting for it to start, the trailer for the new King Arthur movie came on (“The Kid Who Would Be King”, the old tale set in a modern day kid’s environment). I was struck, as I have been many times the past few years, by yet another faceless female villain, this time taking Morgana’s name—when the actual movie started. Even though Holmes and Watson… Read more

January 1, 2019

I don’t sleep well these days.  From others I’ve spoken to, not many people are—especially those with any awareness of the tenure of the world right now.  The other night, as I lay down trying desperately to sleep, I found myself habitually making the sign of the Cross to lull myself into the lullaby of the rosary as I have done for years. No matter how many times I’ve started the rosary in bed, I’ve always fallen asleep, usually right… Read more

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