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From the Files of a Bishop Poet


Editor’s Note: Bishop Robert Morneau, the prolific spiritual writer, and pastor in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, offered to share his recent writing project to illustrate how his selections of spiritual humor found their way from his file into two of his poems.  From his personal writing folder, Bishop Morneau chose quotes selected from two books (listed below) written by the late Quaker, pacifist and US Poet Laureate, William Stafford (pictured... Read More →


Humus, Humility, Human and Humor Begin the Same Way: A Letter to Writers by Archbishop Emeritus George Niederauer


Humus, Humility, Human and Humor Begin the Same Way: A Letter to Writers by Archbishop George Niederauer   Editor’s Note: Below is a gift from San Francisco, “The City by the Bay,” to spiritual writers interested in the use of humor. The Archbishop’s letter is addressed to frequent CatholicFiction.net contributor Mary Rose Betten’s parish writing class, known as “The Padre Serra Writers,’” in Camarillo, Calif. The archbishop wrote the letter in answer... Read More →


Does God Give Callbacks? My Adventures with Spiritual and Commercial Directors


By Mary Rose Betten We hope for something to happen, dream something might happen, and then finally... something happens. Where is God in our hoping and dreaming?  Is He as much there as He is when something finally happens? Is life an audition?  On auditions for a TV commercial you might rate a second callback, and possibly a third callback, referred to as your “final callback.”  According to union rules, you must... Read More →


“Jesus Our Playmate” – A Cavalcade of Childhood Memories


by Mary Rose Betten As a child did you ever get to lie in bed and have a grown up read to you? When I was almost four years old, my mother gave birth to a baby boy, whom my parents named Charles Edward. He died in the hospital soon after birth, and because Mother required time to recover,  my dad hired “live-in-help.” The woman who came to help our family... Read More →


Journaling the Imagination – Flannery O’Connor’s balancing act between faith and art, joy and suffering


By Gloria Whelan The most useful book of instruction for a Catholic writer is Letters of Flannery O’Connor: The Habit of Being, edited by Sally Fitzgerald and published in 1979 by Farrar Straus Giroux.  O’Connor struggled all of her life with balancing her art with her faith.  She longed to be a successful writer.  In the recently published, A Prayer Journal, she wrote, “Oh, dear God, I want to write a novel,... Read More →


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