This book could be described as a love affair. A love affair, filled with passion, intimacy, sincerity, devotion and strength. For the 142 letters contained within this volume have come from the pen of someone truly in love – yet someone who, through that state of being ‘in love’, shares that love with each person [...]
‘By the eve of Vatican II, the Sacred Heart had become virtually the defining symbol of Roman Catholicism.’ So writes Wendy M. Wright in this book – and if I may indulge in hyperbole, this sentence alone might be worth the price of the book! For it invites us to meditate on how and why it [...]
There is a truly staggering - and relatively very recent – phenomenon within the history of the Church, which it seems to me is never given sufficient attention. It is Fatima. How I ask myself, can so many people ignore such an astonishingly well-documented miracle as that performed by Our Lady at Fatima – [...]
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Reeling, I am reeling … Hilaire Belloc’s 1929 book Survivals and New Arrivals has hit me with terrific force. And like all truly great writing, it has stirred up powerful questions in me. Like: who were you Hilaire Belloc? What spirit, what vocation moved your passionate, brilliant, acutely incisive writing? And where are we [...]
As these words are typed, we are in process of publishing a series of entries on Mélanie Calvat, the first of which can be found here. O Mélanie Calvat! How maligned you were, how very much you suffered. For while it happened that the Church fully approved your astonishing vision of 1846 on the holy [...]
Here is a companion volume to The Messages of the Lady of All Nations – which we reviewed here. This then, is a second volume concerned with the visionary experiences of Ida Peerdeman. Whereas the first book concerns the period from 1945 to 1959, wherein Peerdeman reported being given messages by the Blessed Virgin under [...]
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What we have here are reports – reports of Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin by a visionary Ida Peerdaman, from 1945-1959 in the Netherlands. And throughout the centuries, there are a vast, vast number of such reports, the great majority of which are never approved by the Catholic Church – or indeed singularly condemned. Amidst [...]
Ireland, O Ireland! Here is a fine book about Catholic Ireland, the Catholic Faith and Christendom – from Timothy T. O’Donnell of Christendom College.
The French have a saying: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: The more things change, the more they stay the same. That paradox is most apt for this little volume. For on the one hand, Louis Veuillot’s 1866 book concerns a lost world, that lost world of Nineteenth Century Catholic France, overwhelmed by [...]
Stratford Caldecott’s All Things Made New serves to wonderfully restore symbolism and numerological correspondences to the Catholic imagination.
There is room and purpose in this world for primers - books that aim to introduce big topics to new readers. Many years ago, I knew almost nothing about Catholic Social Teaching – and so I sought a primer. At the time, this book did the job admirably for me. And so I wrote an enthusiastic [...]
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Catholicism in Marvel Comics – Mantlo’s heartfelt scripts, Leonardi’s art and the amount of Catholic iconography and Catholic themes make for a remarkable comic book.
The astonishing story of Padre Pio moved me to tears.
Catholicism and the superhero: A Marvel comic book movie replete with Catholic themes and iconography.
As I have recently explained elsewhere, I have decided to place at this site some old reviews I originally wrote for Amazon, concerned with Eliphas Lévi. And as I have further explained there, I do place them here with a warning Caveat Lector. For while there is much that is beautiful in the mature Eliphas [...]
This website is concerned in part with the inspiration of Valentin Tomberg. And it is a fact that Tomberg drew on a French Catholic hermetic stream, which figures like Eliphas Lévi represented. In time, I would like to focus more on Levi. But for the moment, I am choosing to present at this website two old [...]
Weeping. I watch her weeping. My beloved weeps, while she reads this book. This book, we read it together. Our hearts ripped. ***** The book calls itself a mosaic. It is written in an unusual style. In fragments. Shards of the life of Archbishop Lefebvre juxtaposed with fragments from the Twentieth Century, which serve as [...]
For reasons that should shortly become clear, the term “Book Review” may be a misnomer here. But first, let me just say that what we have to do with here, is a reprint of a very slim volume of poems by Charles A. Coulombe, written in his youth, back in the 1980′s. Also included is [...]
Recently I have been re-reading a book by Curtis White, who is a penetrating thinker, though hardly a Christian one. The book is called: The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves. White is a university professor and like myself, is an American, and what he means by The Middle Mind is the generation [...]
This is a book about war – outright warfare – in the Church. Like most of the late Father Malachi Martin’s works, it is about the war in the Church between conservatives and progressives, so-called. And like most of Father Martin’s works, it is about war not simply in this world – but other worlds [...]