Category Archives: Books

The Man Born Blind

Sunday’s Gospel was the story of the Man Born Blind, how Christ healed him up, of the blindness, and healed his heart also. John 9:1-41 As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, … Continue reading

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Got the Blahs? – Repent!

I have just finished reading a remarkable book, The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil Of Our Times, by Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B., Abbot of Saint-Wandrille. I heartily recommend it to one and all. This is a condensation of a larger … Continue reading

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Padre Miguel Agustin Pro

Today, November 23, is the Memorial of the passing of Padre Miguel Agustin Pro into Eternal Life at the orders of President Plutarco Elias Calles. The firing squad bungled their job, and a soldier shot Padre Pro in the head … Continue reading

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Mother Night

The book, Mother Night, by Kurt Vonnegut, is about an American who has been raised in Germany in the interwar period, who becomes a propagandist for the Nazis, and a deep mole for the OSS. (This is the cover of … Continue reading

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“Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations”

I have just finished reading Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans (New World Library, 2013). It is an interesting swim in the Greek and Roman philosophers of 2000 years hence. What I found intriguing about it … Continue reading

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I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago

I have lived for many thousands of years, perhaps a million.. Not physically, of course. But, when I read a story, whether a short-short or a lengthy multi-volumed novel, it is as if I lived an entire lifetime. When the … Continue reading

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The End of Summer

Well, not according to the almanac. But when I was growing up, “Summer” was from Memorial Day to Labor Day. (Cue up Phineas and Ferb). And even though I am a bit older than in those wonderful days, I yet … Continue reading

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Bored?

How about a little reading material for — oh, heck, for the rest of your life.  From Brandon Vogt, here is a beginning list. And if you want a shorter list, here’s Father Robert Barron.

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Madame La Gimp

If you’ve never read the Damon Runyon story, “Madame La Gimp”, here is a link to it. This was the basis for Frank Capra’s movies Lady for a Day and Pocketful of Miracles. Scroll halfway down the page.  Of course, … Continue reading

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Ex Urbe — Ada Palmer

If you’ve never heard of this lady, now is the time to make her acquaintance.   Ada is a wealth of information, especially regarding Rome and Florence.  (Not to mention old manuscripts). I first found her site doing some lookie-loo on … Continue reading

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