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 […]
In his encyclical “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” Pope Francis does not mince words: “Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”
World War II novels continue to be written and published; there doesn’t seem to be an end to the story lines created by authors, who find stories from a variety of sources and inspirations.
“The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World’s Most Notorious Atheist” by Larry Alex Taunton. Nelson Books (Nashville, Tennessee, 2016). 224 pp., $24.99. When Christopher Hitchens died of esophageal cancer at the age of 62 in 2011, he was famous as a left-wing polemicist who argued passionately for atheism. Author of the […]
“The Physically Fit Messiah: Wellness Wisdom Past and Present” by Cal Samra. Robert D. Reed Publishers (Bandon, Oregon, 2016). 216 pp., $14.95. Good health care is not defined solely by the medical assistance we receive during times of illness or after an accident, Cal Samra insists in “The Physically Fit Messiah.” Life patterns that foster […]
The 3-D documentary “St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome” had only a single American showing July 14 in a few hundred theaters.