As popular in her day as David Sedaris — and every bit as funny — Betty MacDonald (1908-1958) retains a small but devoted following of which I’m a proud member.
Kevin Clarke, senior editor and chief correspondent for America magazine, was a college freshman in 1980 when Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated. He was shocked. He began to study the region and its history to understand of how this could happen in the small Catholic nation of El Salvador. His study culminated in “Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out,” published in 2014 by Liturgical Press as part of their “People of God” biography series.
“We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope” is an international collection of personal essays and reads like a community of friends welcoming you in to celebrate Thomas Merton’s centenary year.
“I should like a great lake of beer for the King of Kings. I should like the angels of Heaven to be drinking it through time eternal.”
With the centenary the Armenian Genocide on April 24, the world was drawn back into an intense debate over how best to honor the 1.5 million Armenian Christians killed by the Islamic leaders of the former Ottoman Empire (now modern-day Turkey).
"Outside lies programmed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic.”
As the Church prepares to conclude its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II later this year, one book is taking a hard look at the council's vision of ecumenism in a world where attitudes toward social justice are constantly in flux.
Pope Francis is calling us to the outskirts. That’s a good thing to ponder during Lent.
We all like to stay within our “comfort zones.” We all like to hang out with people who buy the same books, watch the same movies, make roughly the same amount of money. We want people who validate us, not people who threaten, challenge or annoy us.
Julia Alvarez read new poetry to a captivated audience at the Catholic Literary Imagination Conference (CLIC), held Feb. 19-21 through the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.
“Adding on to what my predecessors started, I began to change what we were doing. Our mission became an interdisciplinary and open dialogue about faith, culture and the arts, all the while representing the mission of the Marymount tradition and the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Over time, we were able to bring in a Nobel laureate, an artist-in-residence, and a publisher.”
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