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The Cross and the current crisis

May 12, 2020 Thomas M. Doran 6

“How could this happen?” we ask ourselves, and anyone else who’s willing to listen. I’ve been reading Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ at two pages a day for many months. He has the tedious habit […]

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Harsh Voices and Divine Mercy

April 18, 2020 Thomas M. Doran 0

Some writers have a talent for composing stories or poems that contrast a yearning for truth and meaning with glimpses of the underbelly of human nature, often grim and raw stories that can give one […]

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Taking the Time for Great Literature

March 23, 2020 Thomas M. Doran 3

This is a good time to dive into a worthy story: Crime and Punishment (Dostoevsky), The Lord of the Rings (Tolkien), Death Comes for The Archbishop (Cather), The Quiet American (Greene), The Chronicles of Narnia […]

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Evangelization “unmasked”

November 8, 2019 Thomas M. Doran 5

Survey after survey of religion in America demonstrates that atheism, agnosticism, and the “nones” are steadily increasing, with many of the “nones” once identifying as Catholics and other Christians. While some of these profess a […]

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Big History and the Church

September 12, 2019 Thomas M. Doran 6

I recently listened to a series of lectures that proposed to view the universe and time from a Big History perspective, not as an ant inside a fold in an elephant’s hide would perceive the […]