Christ was asking me to embrace my humiliation.
Guest post by A.J. Avila. I stared at the computer screen. According to Facebook, my eighth-grade teacher, Sister Ann (not her real name), had died at the age of 99. Former students posted about what a wonderful teacher she had been, what a sweet person she was. Which she was—to everybody … [Read More...]
As a parish priest, I often hear stories about homeschooling families who have been put through the ringer when it comes to preparing for the sacraments. Their priests indicate that they must pay for and join the required, officially sanctioned religious classes offered by the parish because they … [Read More...]
It is indeed an impossible thing, on finishing Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, to shake off her unique vision of dystopia. While her predecessors in the genre, particularly Orwell and Huxley, dreamed of world orders that were arguably still quite distant from our own, Atwood anchors her … [Read More...]
Ask any group of reasonably well-read Catholics to name a living Catholic horror writer, and, since the death of William Peter Blatty early last year, the only one they can usually come up with is Dean Koontz. (I should know. I’ve made the experiment on multiple occasions.) But during the past … [Read More...]
In the early, 1860s, Louisa May Alcott was working on her latest masterpiece. That's right, Pauline's Passion and Punishment, a sordid little tale of revenge and romance. Here's the glorious first paragraph: To and fro, like a wild creature in its cage, paced that handsome woman, with bent head, … [Read More...]