No Vague Believer: The Specificity of the Person of Christ According to Flannery O’Connor and Benedict XVI

Damian J. Ference

The Onion, America’s favorite satirical newspaper, featured a story with the headline, “Pope to Ease Up On Jesus Talk; Pontiff Trying Hard Not To Be So In- Your-Face With That Stuff.”1 Of course, the title is funny because it’s not true—it is actually the furthest thing from the truth. The article was published just as Benedict’s second volume of Jesus of Nazareth was being released, a work in which the Holy Father continues his life-long project of understanding the person of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world. Yet this is how satire works—it exposes the truth in a backhanded sort of way, disclosing what is present by means of what is absent. [Read more…]

Tulips for Elsie

Jonathan Potter

The day before you died I thought I’d bring
You tulips for your bedside table, bright
Ones, pink and white, to give your gaze a place
To rest, to make your labor seem less harsh.
I told my daughter so, my four-year-old
Who’d told me I should visit you, who’d hinted:
Your work, this dying business you were in,
Was making worldly things seem flimsy, thin. [Read more…]

Pentecost 2012

Dappled Things literary magazineFeature

“Little Volcanoes”: An Interview with Amy Welborn – Dorian Speed


Seen from the Palace of Justice – Tony France
Terminal – Paul Stapleton


Team Run, October  – Maryann Corbett
A Primary Education  – Maryann Corbett
As Little Children  – Maryann Corbett
Canticle  – José Luis Gutiérrez
Liner Notes – Don Russ
Genesis – Abigail Carroll
Hallowed Be – Abigail Carroll
St. Paul – John Gosslee
Judas – John Gosslee
I Longed to Be as Lovely – Liz Dolan
How I Loved the Way Sister Hitched Up – Liz Dolan
Winter Perfect – Geoffrey Smagacz
The Lilies Grow So Fast – Geoffrey Smagacz
Someone To Bring Back – Joseph Thompson
Year of the Dragon – Tim Murphy
Tulips for ElsieJonathan Potter


No Vague Believer: The Specificity of the Person of Christ According to Flannery O’Connor and Benedict XVI – Damian J. Ference


Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age
Joseph O’Brien
Framed in Silence-  Nick Ripatrazone

Visual Art

Woman At the WellDoug Weaver
NicodemusDoug Weaver
Judas IscariotDoug Weaver

Book Review: Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age

Joseph O’Brien

Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Ideological Age
by Gregory Wolfe
ISI Books, 2011
278 pp., $29.95 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1933859881

One look at any art museum and the numberless portraits of the Madonna and Child, or depictions of the Nativity, the Crucifixion or the Last Supper that invariably hang there will demonstrate exactly how successful the relationship between the Church and the artist has been in the history of Western civilization. [Read more…]

“Little Volcanoes”: An Interview with Amy Welborn

I don’t know how it comes up or how we talk about it in a way that we both understand, but for some reason, I get it in my head that I want her to know something about me. I need to communicate this thing that explains me, that explains us, that explains our presence, how we ended up here out of all the places in the world that we could be tonight. I say what I think might be correct: Mi sposo, morto. She gasps, reaches a hand to touch mine, and I work out a way to tell her more about it.
I point to my heart.

[Read more…]