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Daily Catholic Quote from Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft

“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces ‘nice’ people, not heroes.” (Dr. Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O'Connor

“The Catholic writer, in so far as he has the mind of the Church, will feel life from the standpoint of the central Christian mystery; that it has, for all its horror, been found by God to be worth dying for.” (Flannery O’Connor, The Church and the Fiction Writer) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends […]

Gandalf the Prophet — There is More to Life

Gandalf the Prophet (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

“…there is something greater, much greater, and grander, and happier ‘beyond the veil’, and even perhaps beyond the next turn of the subway train, than anything we can conceive of. There is an enchantment that underlies all of creation, and that exists around the next corner, if only we seek for it.” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ “Today, I want […]

The Finding Ring

"The Last Ring of Power" (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

“So, you see, my greatest desire is to continue on the path laid before me, and to discover what I can and to protect those I may. That is my own heart’s deepest desire, and it is only one’s deepest desires that the ring stirs. So, you see, it can have little effect on me.” ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ […]

An Ode to Glamour

Artwork © by Jef Murray

“Far over the Misty Mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away, ere break of day, To seek our pale enchanted gold.” The poem and song echo through my mind this week. It is a fact that I never heard a melody setting for Tolkien’s original poem that truly fit it; that is, until Howard Shore’s recent […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft

  “Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces ‘nice’ people, not heroes.” (Dr. Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons […]

The Case of the Plugged Painting: A Sam Newbuck Mystery

Artwork © by Jef Murray

I was sitting at my easel, working out how the light should fall on my latest painting of Great Smials, when all of a sudden, I heard a gunshot. Since I live on the seedy side of New Bree, I normally wouldn’t have paid it any attention; but this time the bullet ripped right through my canvas. “Damned orcs,” I muttered as I pulled out my .357. My name’s Newbuck: Sam Newbuck. […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Flannery O’Connor and St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Flannery O'Connor

“St. Cyril of Jerusalem, in instructing catechumens, wrote: ‘The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.’ No matter what form the dragon may take, it is of this mysterious passage past him, or into […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Dr. Peter Kreeft

Dr. Peter Kreeft

  “Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces ‘nice’ people, not heroes.” (Dr. Peter Kreeft, Jesus-Shock) Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work. Tell your […]

The Mystery of the Incarnation

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Year B) – Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38; This series appears each Wednesday. “Mystery,” he sneered.  “That’s a good Catholic word.” My friend was a fundamentalist who had more than a bit of antipathy towards the Catholic Church, charging […]