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Apocalypse Then

March 2, 2020 Dale Ahlquist 5

On the morning of Ash Wednesday, I walked out of the hotel where I was staying and strolled across a sprawling green playing field (Obviously I wasn’t in Minnesota) to a lovely little Franciscan church […]

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The Unbegun Life

January 17, 2020 Dale Ahlquist 8

A long time ago, even before the Dark Ages – we’re talking about the 1970’s, the Stoned Age – when I was in Junior High, I stood up in an English class and gave a […]

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Christmas and Resurrection

December 26, 2019 Dale Ahlquist 26

We don’t often associate Christmas with resurrection. But we should. So let’s start by talking about Santa Claus. Christmas is openly under attack in contemporary society where the word has essentially been banned in favor […]

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The New Attack on Christmas

December 12, 2019 Dale Ahlquist 6

One hundred years ago—on December 27, 1919—G.K. Chesterton wrote about “the new attack on Christmas.” We should probably discuss the old attack on Christmas before we talk about the new attack. The old attack on […]

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The End of the World Again

July 2, 2019 Dale Ahlquist 6

We used to keep death close, even stare it in the face: the skull on the desk beside the book, the graveyard right next to the church, crypts under the floors where we knelt. We […]


The Anatomy of Doubt

November 25, 2018 Dale Ahlquist 6

“There is the prevalence of a sort of casual and even conversational skepticism, making even the idle thoughts of an idle fellow busy in the interests of doubt and despair. I mean that a man, […]