Where is your God? Your answer?

Catholic Exchange
K. V. Turley on how good can come from even great evil.

Ten years ago an extraordinary book appeared. Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by  was a memoir of a survivor. At the time, there was a vogue for such memoirs, often recalling some shocking childhood experiences and recounting how the writer overcame them. Left to Tell was different. The experiences its author had survived were truly life shattering. What she had been left to tell, however, was not simply how she survived those experiences but how they had brought her closer to God and how, when all looked lost, the power of forgiveness had transformed her life.

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A bold call

N. Z. Catholic

An article from 2013. The Church is in retreat; who will stand up for her?

Writers’ festivals are places where aspiring and acknowledged literary luminaries often display their wares and take notes on the wares of others. The foreign editor of The Australian newspaper, Greg Sheridan, has been doing that recently, having just written a book. But during his rounds of such events, Sheridan was struck by an absence — the absence of any strong Catholic or Christian writers. “At each of these [events], there were earnestly devoted people who deeply believed in the new secular religions of environmentalism and identity politics, and there was not a single writer from the Christian point of view — about anything,” Sheridan told a recent dinner in Sydney.

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Entertaining and Enlightening

London Library rediscovers Cycling as a Cause of Heart Disease (The Guardian)
Alison Flood

The London Library, home to over a million books and beloved of writers published and not, last year celebrated its 175th birthday. As part of its celebrations, it is publishing a few of the more idiosyncratic titles on its shelves.

“Directly you are in motion you will feel quite helpless, and experience a sensation of being run away with, and it will seem as if the machine were trying to throw you off,” wrote Charles Spencer in 1877, in his practical guide to cycling on the “modern” bicycle. The 19th-century handbook is just one of a series of texts the London Library has dug out from its 17 miles of shelving, as part of celebrations to mark the venerable subscription library’s 175th anniversary.

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Such dark forces

Catholic World Report

K. V. Turley reviews a thought-provoking and disturbing film.

In the burning desert heat, there stands a man dressed all in black. His face is hidden. In his hand, he holds a blade. Kneeling beside him, dressed in florescent orange and with arms tied behind his back, is Jim Foley, American photojournalist and ISIS hostage.

This is, for many, the first image they saw of the captured American. It was also to be the last. Minutes later Foley was dead…

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none can claim him and all should acclaim him

William Shakespeare: A Man for All Time (The Imaginative Conservative)

William Shakespeare needs no introduction. If you are interested in Catholic letters you have probably come across Joseph Pearce, too; if you haven’t, I cannot recommend his writings highly enough. Seek his articles and books out. He is good, very good. If you can read a few of his works and not be engaged by Pearce, this writer will buy you a beer or glass of wine in recompense.

William Wordsworth, in his sublimely beautiful sonnet to the Virgin Mary, called the Immaculate Mother of God “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” As an Englishman, contemplating the four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, I am tempted to say that the Bard of Avon is my tainted nation’s solitary boast.

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Let us march, march, march, and make our journey

In this post, published at Catholic Exchange last Lent, K. V. Turley reviews a new English translation of Fr. Jacques-Bénigne Basset’s Meditations for Lent

Lent can be daunting. Rarely have I met anyone that looks forward to it. Yes, we need it, but that is an altogether different matter.

The three component parts of our Lenten observance we know: prayer, fasting and alms-giving. One aspect of prayer is Lectio Divina, otherwise known as spiritual reading. Today, it has never been easier to find good spiritual books – many are freely available online. So there is no excuse for not finding and reading a good book this Lent.

It is with this in mind that my attention was drawn to the book on the desk in front of me.

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Writers have to try and write the truth to the best of their ability

From The Catholic Register – the author who ‘hides message of hope in bleak landscape’ in his books

… Canadian author David Adams Richards seems unafraid to include issues like the existence of evil, sin and redemption in his extensive body of work.

A native of Newcastle, New Brunswick, Richards, 66, has drawn extensively on his often-hardscrabble life experience in the rustic Miramichi region of the province to produce a collection of prose that speaks of sacrifice, endurance and faith.

Richards is a Catholic writer who does not refer to himself quite that way.

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