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WANTED: Catholic Writers – Inquire Within (Your Imagination!)


By Maggie Zapp  On occasion, before I became a writer on a regular basis and sometimes even still, I would come across arguments against Catholics writing fiction. It was usually implied with a tasteful amount of moral superiority, as if in their distaste for fiction, they practiced some sort of supernatural virtue. I have been told fiction is a “waste of time.” Fiction is “immoral.” Fiction is “materialistic” and “frivolous.” To... Read More →


The Bees’ Sacrifice and the Open Sesame Question of the Day – an interview with Catholic writer and musician Paul F. Ford


By Mary Rose Betten   Paul F. Ford, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology and Liturgy, St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California, was honored this year as St. John’s distinguished alumni. Dr. Ford was the first Roman Catholic in the doctoral program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.  His award-winning book, Companion to Narnia (HarperCollins) is now in its fourth edition. He is married to Janice Daurio, PhD.   Mary Rose Betten: Since you are both... Read More →


The holy ground of Spoon River – fertile land for the Catholic Imagination


By Arthur Powers Sometimes we see ourselves better when reflected in the eyes of intelligent, observant outsiders.   Poet and lawyer Edgar Lee Masters (1868-1950) was such an observer.  Chicago law partner of Clarence Darrow and biographer of Lincoln and Mark Twain, Masters was a highly respected member of the Midwestern leftist literary intelligentsia in the first half of the 20th Century.   (As an aside for the sake of transparency, Master’s daughter... Read More →


The Good, the Bad and Apparent: Grand Adventures in Raising Souls for God


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh   I recently had the opportunity to visit a friend’s daughter in the hospital who had just given birth to an 8-pound baby boy. My friend was so excited to be a first-time grandmother. For me, though, it was “old hat” since I had experienced grandparenthood myself a few times. It seems like just yesterday I watched my youngest daughter bring her little baby girl into the world; and that... Read More →


“I Plan to See Them in Heaven!” – The A-List of All Souls in Everyone’s Life


I took an informal survey with friends, relatives and some coworkers asking the question, “If you had an opportunity to spend thirty minutes with someone who has died, who would you choose?” I don’t know what kind of reaction I was expecting, but most of what I heard was emotional, thought provoking and heartfelt. I can assure you, if you were to ask this question in a group, you would... Read More →


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