Author Monica Wood states on her website that her fiction is not autobiographical “except that the theme of family infuses my work, as it does my life.” Her new novel, “The One-in-a-Million Boy,” is a quirky but beautifully told tale about a fragmented family and a 104-year-old woman.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, Father Theodore Hesburgh was one of the most famous priests in the United States and, probably, the busiest. Robert Schmuhl, the author of “Fifty Years With Father Hesburgh,” was a student of Father Hesburgh’s as an undergraduate at Notre Dame and they continued to be friends until the priest’s death in 2014.
Emil Ferris’ debut graphic novel, “My Favorite Thing Is Monsters” (Fantagraphics), is an extraordinary work.
Over 350 pages long, it features a rich, remarkable visual style and several interweaving story lines. It will likely be a frontrunner when this year’s awards for the genre are presented.
Although with different personalities and different tones, the papacies of both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI focus on proclaiming the Gospel in a world that seems to confuse truth and lies, goodness and evil, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller.
The Catholic Church has more than its fair share of critics and detractors. The church, as a human institution, has been flawed and certainly found itself on the wrong side of history at times. But there also are accusations based on faulty information, misinterpretations, exaggerations and distortions of fact.
“Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec” by Siham Jamaa. A Ulysses Travel Guide (Montreal, 2016). 256 pp., $19.95. Just as France has its castles, Canada’s Quebec province “has its churches,” writer Siham Jamaa observes in her newly published “Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec.” I doubt that many travelers return home […]
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nobody’s story is cut and dried, as longtime immigration reporter Daniel Connolly learned when doing reporting for his book, “The Book of Isaias.” Connolly tracked the Mexican-born teenager throughout his senior year of high school in Memphis, Tennessee, and followed up at critical junctures in his life afterward. Isaias’ story has its […]
St. Cloud native Jim Studer uses Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” to introduce his newly published book “The Road Taken.” Studer states that Frost’s traveler never took the road less traveled: “as the poem seems to be a metaphor for life’s journey, there is no one road ‘less traveled by.’ We all travel our own road, which no one else has or ever will travel.”
The book addresses ecumenism as much as repentance, basing the first on the second. Present-day Western Christians have taken a close look at past theological clashes, some of which led to war. Yet Marty urges us to look to the present and future: “We know that the past is past. It does not exist. It cannot be changed. What can be changed is one’s attitude.” He bids that we ask ourselves how we today contribute to division within the church and to repent of this.
Written and drawn by British cartoonist Tom Gauld, “Mooncop” follows a policeman in an unknown year in an alternate future as he concludes his patrols of the lunar surface. The officer, whose name is not given, watches as the last few members of a once-promising colony return to Earth and the handful of remaining structures are dismantled.
Jesuit Father Sean Salai provides a lot of information in “What Would Pope Francis Do?” — a relatively short but well-written book that is particularly suitable for young Catholics. Six thematic chapters (on longing, closeness, dignity, weariness, tenderness and Mary) reflect on Pope Francis’ teachings from his 2013 exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”).
“Red, White, Blue and Catholic” by Stephen P. White. Liguori (Liguori, Missouri, 2016). 101 pp., $12.99. “Almighty Matters: God’s Hidden Politics in the Bible” by Nicholas Berry. Resource Publications (Eugene, Oregon, 2016) 135 pp., $21. Stephen White is a fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington. In “Red, White, […]
John Gagliardi, the legendary football coach at St. John’s University in Collegeville from 1953 to 2012, still teaches a popular class on campus. Formerly called “Theory of Coaching Football” and now called “Leadership Lessons with John Gagliardi,” the class is always at full enrollment, with many students turned away.
MAMARONECK, N.Y. (CNS) — Fifteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks decimated the twin towers in lower Manhattan, the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center rises out of the ground, a palpable symbol of triumph and optimism. The tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere is the soaring, storied, centerpiece of a 16-acre complex that includes […]