Book Review: Ten Prayers God Alway Says Yes To by Anthony DeStefano


I open up my Lenten reading for 2008 with a book about prayer. Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To (2007) by Anthony DeStefano, despite it’s 10-step-program title, is really about simplifying one’s approach to prayer and understanding it as conversation with God. Below are the ten prayers and some of my favorite passages from…

Lenten links of the day for 6 February 2008


It’s Ash Wednesday again, and time to begin Lent.  Like last year I plan to read a number of books on religious themes throughout Lent.  Unlike last year, I will post the book reviews as I go along instead of just one big post at the end of Lent. I have some other plans of…

Isaac Hecker


This Sunday in New York at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, the cause for the canonization of Father Hecker was opened at a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Edward Egan. Hecker is the founder of the Paulists Fathers, an order dedicated to missionary work, reconciliation and ecumenicism in North America. The Paulist Fathers originated…

Which Church Father Are You?


An odd quiz/meme via Baptized Pagan. I’m not quite sure what my results mean as I’m rusty on this period in Church history/theology. You’re Origen! You do nothing by half-measures. If you’re going to read the Bible, you want to read it in the original languages. If you’re going to teach, you’re going to reach…

Movie Review: Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story


Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996) is a movie about one of my all-time favorite people. It tells the story of Dorothy Day starting as a young radical, journalist, and bohemian around 1917, through her conversion experience, to the founding of the Catholic Worker movement in the 1930’s. Moira Kelly performs well as an…

Links of the Day (week, actually) for 30 December 2007


Is the Supreme Court going to define “well regulated militia”? by Brooks Jackson (Annenberg Political Fact Check) Subways: The New Urban Status Symbol by Jennifer Fishbein (BusinessWeek, 12/5/07) Society on Steroids: A Bill Moyers Essay (Bill Moyers Journal, 12/20/07) – cheating and cutting corners are endemic in American culture, not just Major League Baseball Best…

Book Review: Children of God by Mary Doria Russell


Children of God (1999) by Mary Doria Russell is the sequel to The Sparrow, but unfortunately in its great ambition fails to live up to its predecessor. Russell introduces a flurry of new characters and overlapping plotlines that make the novel more confusing than complex, and then tries to resolve them all in a way…

Francis of Assisi


The more I learn about Francis of Assisi the more fascinating he is to me. Francis is a popular saint — as exemplified by the many garden statues of Francis with the birds — and one who can be taken for granted. As a child I knew him as gentle man who was kind to…

Wenceslaus


Like a lot of saints, I know Wenceslaus from just scraps of information in popular culture. In this case, a Christmas carol that was one of my favorites growing up. It tells a good story of a man of wealth and privilege providing a feast for a poor peasant. It’s a good story and a…

Book Review: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell


Jesuits … In … Spaaaaaaaaaaace!!! That’s the basic plot of the science fiction novel The Sparrow (1996) by Mary Doria Russell. The novel proposes a future in which the exploration of new worlds, much like the age of discovery in the 1500’s & 1600’s, is led by a vanguard of missionaries. While this is a…