Festival and Ferial, by Anna Rist: A Review

Festival and Ferial Anna Rist Kaufmann Publishing, St. Simon’s Island , 2014 ISBN : 978-0-9905329-3-4   In one of his Odes (IV.2) Horace describes the danger of trying to...

Sci Fi Movie Triplex: Interstellar, Oblivion and Edge of Tomorrow

My movie selection over the past few months has been in the science fiction genre, which is often heavy on the 'fiction', and light...

Half-Baked Mission?

When I was a child, I thought like a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things… These words of Saint...

The Twilight of American Enlightenment

The average age of North Americans is forty-one; this means that most people have no personal recollection of the decade of the 1950s, the...

A traditional gem from a young composer: a review of “New Catholic Hymns”

It is unusual to encounter newly-written sacred music that appeals to traditional hymnodic taste; perhaps it is unsurprising that when such music does appear,...

The Mystery Hidden for Ages in God, or Why Aren’t (We) Catholics Holier Than...

On his visit to our college a number of years ago, the Jesuit scholar Father Koterski mentioned a book that he described as the...

The Ladder of Divine Ascent: A book to read during Lent

One of the great spiritual books that it is surely advisable to be read during the Lenten journey is The Ladder of Divine Ascent, written...

Why Are Catholics Not Holier Than They Are? Father Paul Quay’s ‘The Mystery...

(I thought this memorial of the great Jesuit Saint Francis Xavier was a fitting day to post this adaptation of an address I offered...

Is Superman still a Christian hero?

What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society intended? What if a child aspired to something greater? (Jor-El, Man of Steel) In June 1938,...

Like a Tree Cut Back: Memoir of A Lost Ireland

Like a Tree Cut Back By Michael McCarthy The Poetry Business, Sheffield, England smith-doorstop, 2021 Father Michael McCarthy’s memoir, Like a Tree Cut Back, takes its title from...