ELIZABETH AND HER GERMAN GARDEN

SWEET PEAS

“Sometimes callers from a distance invade my solitude, and it is on these occasions that I realise how absolutely alone each individual is, and how far away from his neighbour; and while they talk (generally about babies, past, present, and to come), I fall to wondering at the vast and impassable distance that separates one’s […]

TRYING TO SAY GOD: RE-ENCHANTING THE CATHOLIC LITERARY IMAGINATION

TRYING TO SAY GOD

June was a traveling month. I wound up my itinerary with a conference at Notre Dame entitled “Trying to Say ‘God’: Re-Enchanting Catholic Literature.” The conference was spearheaded by Sick Pilgrim, a Patheos blog around which a lively community has formed. “Sick Pilgrim is a collection of young (ish), restless and Catholic writers who are […]

THE STAINED GLASS OF WILL FRANK

DETAIL, THE LUMINOUS MYSTERIES WILLIAM FRANK, EMIL FREI & ASSOCIATES ST. EUGENE CHURCH, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

William Frank is Artist in Residence with Emil Frei & Associates, a St. Louis stained glass studio. His extensive portfolio of selected large-scale projects includes churches, hospitals, and schools. He and his wife, Jane, live in “a tiny 950-foot house with chickens in the back” not far from the studio. They have four kids: Ruth, […]

CPA AWARDS

MATILIJA POPPY

I rec’d two CPA awards this year. Catholic Press Association 2017: 1. M05a: BEST REGULAR COLUMN: Spiritual Life First Place Angelus, “The Crux” by Heather King “Wonderful reporting work and writing behind this set of columns.” 2. N11b: BEST REGULAR COLUMN: Spiritual Life First Place, National Catholic Reporter, “Soul Seeing” — “Learning to soul-see the hard […]

O BEAUTIFUL FOR PILGRIM FEET

TEMECULA CA

“Hear my voice, O God, as I complain,guard my life from dread of the foe.Hide me from the band of the wicked,from the throng of those who do evil.” Here’s my recommended 4th of July reading: today’s piece by NYT columnist Charles Blow entitled “The Hijacked American Presidency, The good news is I am at the […]