evil in our lives—in all its forms—must be drowned in a sea of goodness

Source: N C Register

K. V. Turley on the ‘re-emergance’ of an old threat who doesn’t know when he has been beaten.

Press reports in the last days seem to suggest that the French have rediscovered the devil. So much so that The Times ran an article last weekend that warned British holiday makers that they need to be aware of something not covered by their holiday insurance: diabolic activity.

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words have a way of showing up when they are invited

Source: Catholic World Report

In this article, K. V. Turley in his guise as ‘CWR’ interviews Vivian Dudro about her work as an editor for Ignatius Press. For the budding writer, the following Q and A will be of particular relevance:

CWR: What are the characteristics of a good submission?

Dudro: In a work of nonfiction, I look for clear, concise, and well-organized writing about a topic that interests me. The proper use and attribution of sources is also very important.  In fiction, I look for believable, sympathetic characters; a plausible, attention-getting plot; and not simply clear writing but beautiful, show-me-don’t-tell-me writing.

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it was not just prayers that were offered, but also tears

Source: Catholic World Report

K. V. Turley discovers a new religious order making its presence felt on the streets of Soho.

If you had visited Soho Square in the center of London on a recent Saturday night, you would have seen something unusual.

There is a Hare Krishna monastery just off the square. Each weekend, the monks march around it with drums and cymbals, chanting to honor their founder. They are as loud and raucous as the other, less spiritual, visitors to Soho—a quarter most Londoners associate far more with vice than virtue.

That night, awaiting the marchers, were two Catholic religious—two Sisters of Life, to be exact.

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who is He?

Source: Crisis Magazine

K. V. Turley reviews a series of films about the mysterious Turin Shroud…

It was sometime in the late 1970s—or was it the early 1980s? The priest in charge marched us to the school’s lecture theatre where we were soon plunged into darkness as a large screen lit up.

This was no Hollywood fare, however, but a film about the Turin Shroud. To this day, I can remember sitting there, mesmerized by what looked and sounded like any well-made television documentary but which seemed to suggest that the relic was more, much more, than merely an object of piety.

The film in question was The Silent Witness (1978).

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a handmade, playful feel

Source: Ignatius Press Novels

How do artists approach designing a book cover? In this article, John Herreid explains what he did to complete his illustration for the front cover of Ignatius Press’s edition of Chesterton’s The Flying Inn.

As part of the preparation for designing the book cover for a novel, I always read the manuscript first. An early pet peeve of mine when I was a child was getting a book out from the library based on an intriguing cover illustration and discovering that the content didn’t match at all. So now, as an adult, I always read the book first before designing. Hopefully I’ve avoided disappointing readers!

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a new order was slowly born

Source: Crisis Magazine

K. V. Turley finds St. Thomas More via London Bridge.

If you stand on London Bridge and look east you will see the Tower of London.

It was on a small hill behind the Tower that, in 1535, St. Thomas More was beheaded.

Thereafter, his head was taken to London Bridge and placed upon a spike for all who came and went across that bridge to gaze upon. A month or so after the execution, Margaret, More’s daughter, was rowed up the Thames, from the now desolate family home in Chelsea, to London Bridge to ask for her father’s head. Soon after, clutching this relic of her dead father, the daughter drifted downstream in a barge away from the bridge and its awful memories. It was not the first time a martyr had been so dealt with. St. John Fisher had had his head impaled on the same bridge. It was strangely fitting that the ending of the old order should be played out upon this bridge.

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‘It’s that man’

Source: Catholic World Report

K. V. Turley visits Brendan Rogers, a man who is bringing Padre Pio to Belfast in a very special way.

The car sped through Belfast, past political slogans, past houses haunted by death, past the ghosts of the slain whose blood still cries out for vengeance, on it drove.

My memory shifted to some of those who had been killed in the decades of violence that were known simply as The Troubles. The man shot through a back window as he knelt with his wife praying their nightly Rosary; another kidnapped outside a church as he went to evening devotions, later to be tortured and killed; the policeman murdered as he left Sunday Mass with his family; the handicapped woman executed and dumped in a trash can. Evil has held sway on the streets of Belfast, more openly perhaps than in other cities. These thoughts flitted through my mind as the car drove ever upwards to the mountain that overlooks the city.

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