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Harry Potter: from Aristotle’s Poetics to Christian Virtue

December 8, AD 2016 1 Comment
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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Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

November 18, AD 2016 1 Comment
Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and The Church. Kinda says it all, doesn’t it? In this book a group of distinguished, faithful, Catholic women scholars take Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women and run with it. They reflect on what such a theology would look like and where […]

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Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

October 12, AD 2016 1 Comment
Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

I am not an avid fiction reader. If I’m lucky I make my way through one or two novels a year. More often than not my nose can be found in theological texts, most likely Mariological in nature. My reading of novels might make an increase as I recently discovered the wonders of Audible and […]

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Book Review: Particles of Faith

October 11, AD 2016 8 Comments
Book Review: Particles of Faith

Particles of Faith, by Stacy Trasancos, is a must-read for Catholics (and others of good faith) who are weary of the vitriol in the faith-science dialogue. What follows is my review of this book. Disclaimer: I have received no compensation for the following review, save only for an advance copy of the book. As in […]

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Les Misérables and the Church Militant

August 3, AD 2016 10 Comments
Les Misérables and the Church Militant

Recently I had the chance to see Les Misérables on Broadway for the second time, and its themes of mercy, redemption, and sacrificial love have been swirling through my mind ever since. It’s no secret that the story, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is filled with themes that reflect Catholic spirituality. What struck […]

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Must-Read Book: The Four Keys to Everlasting Love

July 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Must-Read Book: The Four Keys to Everlasting Love

If you are engaged or married, married for a short time or married for a long time, fallen away from the faith or have your doctorate in theology, whatever your state in married life, The Four Keys to Everlasting Love by Karee and Manuel Santos will enrich your married life and life in general. The […]

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Evangelizing the Lost and Hurting Catholics: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “Filling Our Father’s House”

May 16, AD 2016 2 Comments
Evangelizing the Lost and Hurting Catholics: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “Filling Our Father’s House”

Why should we care about apathetic Catholics? Throughout the world, there are many Catholics who have grown disinterested in the faith. They have no desire to further their devotion. At times they stop practicing the faith altogether, especially after negative experiences with priests or parishes. Yet, despite the fact that so many of these apathetic […]

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A Compassionate Saint for Our Times: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “St. Robert Bellarmine”

April 18, AD 2016 2 Comments
A Compassionate Saint for Our Times: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “St. Robert Bellarmine”

At just ninety pages, Shaun McAfee’s recent volume, St. Robert Bellarmine (Proving Press, 2016), may not seem very significant at first glance. Yet, created in commemoration for the fiftieth anniversary of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, this book is packed with many wonderful insights. In a straightforward manner, McAfee introduces the reader to one of […]

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“Unleashed” Book Review

April 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
“Unleashed” Book Review

Are you a woman who desires a closer relationship with the Holy Spirit and yearns to see the ways that God is communicating with you each day? Are you seeking freedom from the habits that enslave you? “Unleashed: How to Receive Everything the Holy Spirit Wants to Give You ” by Sonja Corbitt could be just […]

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Book Review: Saintly Youth of Modern Times by Joan Carroll Cruz

April 14, AD 2016 1 Comment
Book Review:  Saintly Youth of Modern Times by Joan Carroll Cruz

When I was growing up, stories of child- and teenager- saints made me feel uncomfortable. These spiritual prodigies loved the Mass and the Rosary, rarely quarreled with others, and died smiling as they offered up cancer pains for the conversions of sinners. I, on the other hand, preferred listening to music over praying the rosary, […]

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10 Great Books to Read During Lent

March 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
10 Great Books to Read During Lent

Easter is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean these last weeks of Lent can’t be filled with even more intense prayer. One of my favorite ways to enter into the season is through spiritual reading. If you’re looking for something to boost your prayer life through the rest of Lent, take a look at […]

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