General

Who watches the watchers?

August 4, 2016 Sandra Miesel 0

“You are being watched. The government has a secret system—a machine—that spies on you every hour of every day.”— Opening monologue, Person of Interest What if government’s already vast data-gathering resources were deployed by an […]

In His Rising is Our Hope

March 27, 2016 Sandra Miesel 0

In him, who rose from the dead, our hope of resurrection dawned. The sadness of death gives way to the bright promise of immortality. — Preface for Christian Death I Sacred images do not instantly […]

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Essay

The Blessings of St. Benedict

August 8, 2011 Sandra Miesel 0

Western civilization is “waiting for another Benedict,” according to philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. But why single out St. Benedict of Nursia (480-547) as a model for treating the ills of modern society? As the father of […]

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Special Report

The Cross and the Stars

May 15, 2011 Sandra Miesel 0

What do Worlds of If have to do with Jerusalem? Do Catholic writers have a place among the wizards of fantasy and the starships of science fiction? The very pervasiveness of fantasy and science fiction […]

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The Apostle to the Lepers

May 12, 2011 Sandra Miesel 0

Leprosy is an ancient horror. For millennia, people feared and shunned the ravaged bodies of lepers as “unclean.” A few dared to show compassion: St. Francis of Assisi famously kissed a leper for the sake […]

Books

A Love Letter to Freemasonry

May 11, 2011 Sandra Miesel 0

After defaming the Catholic Church in Angels and Demons, then denying the divinity of Christ in The Da Vinci Code, what could Dan Brown possibly do for an encore? His latest bestseller, The Lost Symbol, […]

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The Wise Man from the West

May 9, 2011 Sandra Miesel 0

In 1610, the Emperor of China overruled custom by granting a burial plot outside Peking to a foreigner called Li Madou. An inscription on the tomb praises the deceased as “one who had attained renown […]