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What Makes a Book Great?

May 8, AD 2017 2 Comments
What Makes a Book Great?

(Warning: spoiler alert for A Tale of Two Cities after the image.) ___ Franz Kafka, author of the highly disturbing The Metamorphosis, wrote: “If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? Good God, we would also be happy if […]

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The Apparition that Changed the World: A Review of Jean Heimann’s New Book on Fatima

May 5, AD 2017 6 Comments
The Apparition that Changed the World: A Review of Jean Heimann’s New Book on Fatima

The following review was originally written on the blog Sacrifice of Love. It is republished here with permission from the author. With depth and simplicity, Jean Heimann’s new book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World (Tan Books 2017), instructs and inspires as it delves into the story of Our Lady of Fatima. However, instead of […]

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Marian Battle Plan for World Peace: Consecration and Salvation

May 3, AD 2017 4 Comments
Marian Battle Plan for World Peace: Consecration and Salvation

Last year, I finished Fr. Michael Gaitley MIC’s book, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told. I am sure some of you know about his book 33 Days to Morning Glory sold by the Marian Fathers. The Marian book talks about Marian consecration according to St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Pope St. John Paul […]

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The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

April 11, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

In the Martin Scorsese film Silence, based on the book by Shūsaku Endō, the Jesuit protagonists face a terrible choice: to renounce their faith and trample on the image of Christ, or to let their flock of Japanese faithful suffer torture and death. In saving their flock in the temporal realm, did they not risk […]

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Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

January 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

I adore Dorothy Day. That’s the reason why I picked up this book. Like Dorothy Day, when I first met Thérèse of Lisieux, I wasn’t very impressed. Day describes Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul as “pious pap” the first time she read it. But as life goes on and wisdom is gained, opinions change. […]

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A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

January 4, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

Yesterday I finished the first book I’ve ever read by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. I’m quite proud of myself. This isn’t the first one I’ve started. One of the Lay Dominicans in my chapter has made the argument that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will one day be declared a Doctor of the Church. To be declared […]

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Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

December 30, AD 2016 0 Comments
Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

Plan now to get some of your favorite girlfriends together this Lent to read this book! Walk in Her Sandals is a deep and unique look at Christ’s Passion and the events after His death from a woman’s perspective. Each chapter contains numerous reflections on various aspects of Holy Week and beyond. There is something […]

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Mothers of the Church: A Book Review

December 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Mothers of the Church: A Book Review

I ❤️ this book. It was over far too soon, but it will encourage you to read more about these awesome women. You hear about the Fathers of the Church, the early leaders and scholars who contributed so much to our understanding of God and His Son. But you don’t hear much about the Mothers of […]

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Love, Henri: A Wonderful Collection of Letters from Henri Nouwen

December 16, AD 2016 1 Comment
Love, Henri: A Wonderful Collection of Letters from Henri Nouwen

When I first opened Love, Henri, it annoyed the heck out of me. I don’t know what I was thinking when I requested this book. I’m not a big fan of this genre (collected letters). All I knew was that one of my professors at Aquinas Institute was obsessed with this man. She frequently assigned […]

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Looking for Spiritual Reading? Here Are 8 Great Books Worth Checking Out

December 12, AD 2016 0 Comments
Looking for Spiritual Reading? Here Are 8 Great Books Worth Checking Out

As the days grow shorter and the Christmas holiday approaches, I always have the urge to curl up with a good book. If you’re looking to find reading that will engage both your mind and your soul, there are lots of choices to pick from! Here is a list of eight spiritual books I’ve read […]

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Harry Potter: from Aristotle’s Poetics to Christian Virtue

December 8, AD 2016 10 Comments
Harry Potter: from Aristotle’s Poetics to Christian Virtue

What makes a book great? A great book touches people across cultures and nations; it is a tome that reflects the realities of humanity in its characters, as Aristotle recommended in his Poetics,1 and reinforces virtue while decrying vice, as Plato noted in The Republic;2 as well as a classic that draws readers to reread […]

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Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

December 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

I don’t know about you, but I need a little Christmas magic right now. Let’s take a little trip to Advent and Christmas with Lisa Hendey’s book, The Strangers at the Manger. I guess I didn’t read the description of this book too closely as I got it hoping to read it to my son. […]

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Formation in Faery

November 29, AD 2016 1 Comment
Formation in Faery

Imagination is twofold, retentive (reproductive) and creative (productive). The object of the first is a sensible reality, which we have previously perceived as such. The creative forms its object by combining elements which were separately perceived. The analysis of the creative imagination is of considerable importance for the psychology of invention, and of artistic and […]

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Writers, Keep Writing

November 25, AD 2016 1 Comment
Writers, Keep Writing

I saw a funny meme about writing, which said, “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet”: Vanity of all vanities Writing certainly seems like it takes a lot of self-discipline and effort. I type out all my articles and they never get written down so, being at the […]

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Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

November 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

In this technology-saturated world, Teresa Tomeo speaks from personal experience and candid observation on what we all need to do to be better followers of Christ. It all stemmed from a trip to Italy. While seeing the sights, she couldn’t help but notice a couple of young people absorbed by their phones. What true reality […]

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