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John Paul II, Patron of the Catholic Literary Revival


With the canonization of Blessed John Paul II taking place on Divine Mercy Sunday, the world’s attention turns to the legacy of the beloved former pontiff. Many will posit his theology of the body, travel across the globe or the record number of new saints as underpinnings of his papacy. However, there’s one imprint that not only separates him from the others who sat on the Chair of Peter, but... Read More →


Tapping into the 3D Imagination: Realizing Person Through Art


In In Tune with the World, Josef Pieper shows that Speech, Art, and Festival are all rooted in the affirmation of being, the praise of God. When one prospers, or suffers, the others are likewise affected. These three forms of expression suggest three dimensions of being through which we are fully realized. One of these is too-often overlooked when we discuss spiritual formation. Regarding the first form of expression, Speech, no... Read More →


“ His Name is Marlin” – The Compassionate Imagination


I met him two years ago. He said his name was Marlin. He was going through the dumpster in the complex where I live. He did this to give himself some extra money. In Oregon we have the “Oregon Bottle Bill,” a container deposit law that requires cans, bottles and other containers of carbonated soft drinks, beer and water sold, to be returnable with a minimum refund value. Essentially, each... Read More →


A Good Catholic Story? by Gloria Whelan - National Book Award Winner


Too many people have not read the fiction they cherish. I have a friend who asked why writers must write so many “dark” stories.   “Why,” she wanted to know could not they write stories like Flannery O’Connor did?” When I mentioned one of O’Connor’s stories, "Good Country People” in which a Bible salesman seduces a woman and leaves her to possible death, or another of O’Connor’s stories, “A Good Man... Read More →


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