‘Arise to Blessedness’: The power of a squeezed-in retreat

The author builds each day’s chapter around a “traveling companion” saint whose life bore witness to the beatitudes. The “merciful” are represented by St. Maria Goretti, who forgave her murderer; “the meek” by St. Maximilian Kolbe; “the peacemakers” by St. Óscar Romero; the “clean of heart” by St. Charbel Makhlouf.

Moral ambiguity and the heyday of Catholic novels

Noting the 60th anniversary of J.F. Power’s classic, “Morte d’Urban” Russell Shaw recalls a time when moral ambiguity and the mysteries of the human heart inspired complex, intriguing Catholic novels that were plentiful, well-read and widely recognized with prestigious awards.

‘Demon Copperhead’: A boy as buoyant as he believes

“In 1850, Charles Dickens exposed the dark realities of the life of the parentless child in coastal England with ‘David Copperfield.’ In 2022, the clever Barbara Kingsolver set out to do the same for rural America through ‘Demon Copperhead.'”