patience, perseverance, self-discipline, the willingness to take a risk

Today,  K . V. Turley interviews Catholic writer Fiorella De Maria,

“If a writer focuses on the art of storytelling whilst commending everything he writes to the Glory of God, the vocation of the writer – to embrace the paradox of upholding the Truth through fiction – should fulfill itself.”

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she awaits the return of her true King

Join K. V. Turley as he undertakes a royal pilgrimage…

The hour was early and the season summer. In the brightness of the morning air, and with the silence of the city streets all around, I set out.

In this Year of Mercy, I was on pilgrimage. The place in question is visited by many, but merely as a curiosity. I was going there for a different reason: to pray at the grave of a woman who bore witness to Holy Marriage and, above all, to its indissolubility.

Whose grave was he visiting? Find out here

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his eye for the sophistry of the times in which we live is keen

If you could see the Posts – Drafts page of this blog, you’d see that the link to today’s post by K. V. Turley is the last on page three. Just two more to go then we will be up to date. Today, LVT reviews a nimble collection of essays by New York priest, George William Rutler.

For three decades or more, Father George William Rutler has been an eloquent contributor to thought at the intersection—or is it the collision point?—where the secular meets with the divine. Ignatius Press has just published He Spoke to Us: Discerning God in People and Events, a collection of Fr. Rutler’s essays and talks drawn from the last few years. Many of these pieces have appeared in Crisis Magazine, where Fr. Rutler is more an institution than simply a regular columnist. Nevertheless, as he himself admits in his introductory note, essay collections are never an easy sell to publishers. In his case, I suspect, it was not so hard. His work is avidly, at times rapturously, received by an audience that has grown ever more enthusiastic about the writing and thought of this New York pastor.

Read the full review here

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people have a right to a good name

K. V. Turley LCWC issues a plea, perhaps a demand, that the ‘ghoulish game’ of chasing Jack the Ripper ends.

In the late autumn of 1888, five women were brutally murdered in Whitechapel, London. All were prostitutes; all were living in squalor; all died horribly in the dead of night. The killings were as vicious as they were to become infamous. They were not the first, nor, indeed, the last, of such slayings in London, but they have become legendary. The person who carried out these murders was never caught. The murderer was, however, given a name: Jack the Ripper.

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the Supreme Pontiff cried out to the Queen of Heaven to act

Today, K. V. Turley tells us about the role of the Mother of God in the downfall of Communism.

‘Our Lady is more Mother than Queen.’
– St. Therese of Lisieux

But she is Queen nonetheless.

Her very name tells us that. St. Jerome makes the following statement while offering various interpretations of Mary’s name: ‘We should realize that Mary means Lady in the Syrian Language.’ St. Chrysologus states more explicitly: ‘The Hebrew word Marymeans Domina. The Angel therefore addresses her as “Lady” to preclude all servile fear in the Lord’s Mother’: the Archangel Gabriel’s heavenly voice, then, is the first to proclaim Mary’s royal office.

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Only the breadth of his subject matter matched his prodigious output

K. V. Turley returns to an old master – Hilaire Belloc.

In these days of confusion, when good is lambasted and evil celebrated, the past is being rewritten. Nowhere is this more marked than in the recent inversion of English Reformation history with Thomas More now villain to Thomas Cromwell’s hero. 

Confronted by this, and with next year being the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, it seems timely to pick up and read Hilaire Belloc’s Characters of the Reformation.

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a church dedicated to her who crushes the head of the serpent

In the months since February this year I have built up a back-log of articles by LCWC co-founder, K. V. Turley. For the next month or so, I will be posting them here daily. They will be interspersed with articles on writing – I promise!

Today, KVT writes about a life that is not for the faint hearted: the satanist who became a Christian.

In 2011, at an Easter Vigil in a simple parish church in New York State, a number of souls were received into the Catholic Church. As it does every year, the ceremony moved from the darkness surrounding the Paschal Fire through the many readings from the Old and New Testament to the proclamation of the triumph of the Resurrection – reminding all present that the long reign of Sin and Death has finally ended. On that night, those adults becoming Catholics made their baptismal promises. They accepted the Truths of the Faith. They rejected Satan and all his works and all his empty promises.

It is right and fitting that they did so, but for one among them it had an even greater significance than for the others present that night. Previously, he had been part of a witch’s coven. For many years, he had practiced its blasphemous rites, and seen things that he maintains could only have come from Hell as that is whence he had summoned them.

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