The Peacocks of Andalusia

Christopher Scalia

Smugness is the great Catholic sin. I find it in myself and don’t dislike it any less.” —Flannery O’Connor

On the Southern farm with the Spanish name,
the peacocks wear their feathers like a stylish hat
and strut as if they’re each the king of birds. [Read more…]

Roman Diptych

Stephen Milne

1. Domus Livia

Sic transit gloria mundi

On the white walls of the Palatine
Livia in her blue dress
wakes to the fluted birds

Lizards like emerald blades
laze in the fluttering sun [Read more…]

An Excerpt from The Woman Who Was Poor

Léon Bloy, Translated by Joshua Hren

“It reeks of God, here!”

This rogue’s bit of gall was disgorged, like vomit, on the very lowly threshold of the Vincentian Missionary’s chapel, on the Rue de Sèvres, in 1879.

It was the first Sunday of Advent, and Parisian humanity was slogging its way to the Great Winter Circus.

That year, like so many others, had not been the year of the End of the World, and no one thought to be shocked. [Read more…]

SS. Peter and Paul 2012


A Fire-Stained and Blackened Cathedral: An Interview with Joshua Hren Meredith Wise


Road to Visionary Charlene Logan Burnett
An Excerpt from ‘The Woman Who Was Poor’ Léon Bloy Translated by Joshua Hren
It Only Feels Like Waking Up Kate LaDew
Wade Karl O’Hanlon
The Ones Who Went To See Him Tanya Jacob


Thompson Was My Only Failure James McCoy
Paper Napkins Len Krisak
Clean-Up Len Krisak
The Child Victor Hugo, translated by Len Krisak
The Peacocks of Andalusia Christopher J. Scalia
Byzantine Icons Christopher J. Scalia
Roman Diptych Stephen Milne
Llanrhychwyn Stephen Milne
Dolgam Stephen Milne
An tSíocháin E. A. Ransom
Surveillance Jeremiah Webster
He Prayed One Might Know An Eclogue By Heart Jeremiah Webster
Chevalier Davina Allison
Holy Hill Terry Savoie
Sister Dorothy Stang Is Assassinated by Loggers Liz Dolan
Lenten Casserole Patrick Cook
Roxbury Thomas DeFreitas

Visual Art

July, Forthcoming David Anthony Harman
Steady, Now David Anthony Harman
Old Evening David Anthony Harman
Summer Save Me David Anthony Harman
Gin, Study David Anthony Harman
Still, Still David Anthony Harman
January, Okay David Anthony Harman
July, Alight David Anthony Harman
Elm Street David Anthony Harman
You Came, We Went David Anthony Harman