History repeats itself

You may know about how St. Catherine of Siena wrote Pope Gregory XI in 1376 when he was in Avignon, telling him to go back to Rome. It's a famous story. It gives people a glimpse of how bold Catherine was in the face of power. She was a voice of truth in her own … Continue reading History repeats itself

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Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait (Francesco Napolitano)

Much of what I knew about Padre Pio before reading this book came through stories that seemed apocryphal. They seemed too good to be true. They seemed to be part of the saccharine hagiography that characterizes so much of what is out there. This book changed all that. Fr. Francesco Napolitano knew Padre Pio, worked … Continue reading Padre Pio: A Personal Portrait (Francesco Napolitano)

The Secret Life of John Paul II (Lino Zani)

In this rare glimpse into John Paul II's private life, Lino Zani gives the reader more than an explanation of the pope's skiing trips in the Italian Alps. The heart of the story is how the "secret" life of John Paul II in the mountains--his clandestine trips to northern Italy--are linked to the secrets of … Continue reading The Secret Life of John Paul II (Lino Zani)

Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day (Pasquale)

  Padre Pio's Spiritual Direction is a compilation of spiritual advice and encouragement from Padre Pio gathered from his correspondence with others. Sometimes, even, we catch a glimpse of Padre Pio's own struggles in the passages from letters to his spiritual director. These intimate instructions to others are like a daily dose of spiritual direction … Continue reading Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day (Pasquale)

The End and the Beginning (George Weigel)

If authors were baseball players, everyone would want George Weigel on his team. He would have the highest batting average in the Major Leagues, hitting doubles and triples with the greatest of ease. And with The End and the Beginning, Weigel has hit another grand slam, a fitting afterword to his masterpiece, Witness to Hope. … Continue reading The End and the Beginning (George Weigel)

The Third Testament (John Eklund)

In his first novel, John Eklund presents a tale of a man who endures great tragedy in the process of finding himself. The Third Testament follows the life of Frank Sankt, a college professor-turned-author who sets out to write an appendix to the Bible. Recognizing the "biblical" nature of many lives and events of the last … Continue reading The Third Testament (John Eklund)