Behold the Man, as Pilate Washes His Hands

Behold the Man, as Pilate Washes His Hands

“Ecce Homo!” An 1871 painting of Christ before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri depicts a moment woven into the fabric of salvation history, and into our very souls. “So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd saying, ‘I […]

Coming Home to the Catholic Faith I Left Behind

Coming Home to the Catholic Faith I Left Behind

Former police Sgt Michael Ciresi lost his faith and left his Church after a devastating childhood trauma. His coming home is the moving story of a prodigal son. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Michael Ciresi, a former North Providence, RI police sergeant now writing from the NH State Prison. On Sunday, March […]

What if the Prodigal Son Had No Father to Return to?

What if the Prodigal Son Had No Father to Return to?

The United Nations Report on the Holy See turned a blind eye to a peril that threatens our young. It’s the elephant in the house, or rather, the absence of one.
 For as long as I’ve been able to read, I have been fascinated with the evolution of language and the origins of words. This […]

The United Nations Assault on the Catholic Church

United Nations Assault on the Catholic Church

A Report on the Vatican by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child echoes one by Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda of the Third Reich. In a recent TSW guest post – “The Prison of Father MacRae: A Conspiracy of Silence” – Ryan MacDonald quoted from a riveting article by Wall […]

I Come to the Catholic Church for Healing and Hope

I Come to the Catholic Church for Healing and Hope

As an abuse survivor, Pornchai Maximilian Moontri finds healing and hope in a Catholic faith inspired by true believers witnessing to Christ in a hostile world. Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Pornchai Maximilian Moontri. Please note that the sobriquet, “G” refers to Fr Gordon MacRae. In prison, titles from a previous […]

Inspired by Divine Mercy: Giving Up Getting Even

Inspired by Divine Mercy- Giving Up Getting Even

On Revenge: Inspired by two accounts of Divine Mercy in the lives of heroic Catholics, Father Gordon MacRae writes of a harrowing Lenten challenge: Giving Up Getting Even.
 “The Priest Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest!” That’s how one TSW reader described my post, “Stay of Execution: Catholic Conscience and the Death Penalty” last November. It’s […]

With the Dawn Comes Rejoicing: Lent for the Lost & Found

With Dawn Comes Rejoicing-  Lent for the Lost & Found

Do you suffer the state of your world, your faith, your soul? Enter Lent as atonement unfolds at the foot of the Cross, upon the field of spiritual battle. Time plays some very strange notes upon the strings of our minds in prison. After Ryan MacDonald’s guest post announcing the filing of a hopeful new […]

The Prison of Father MacRae: A Conspiracy of Silence

The Prison of Father MacRae-  A Conspiracy of Silence

The Diocese of Manchester demonstrates the difference between the stated rights of accused Catholic priests in Church law and actual observance of those rights.
 Editor’s Note: This is Part Two of a guest post by Ryan A. MacDonald. Part One was “The Trial of Father MacRae: A Conspiracy of Fraud.” “I don’t share your belief […]

The Trial of Father MacRae: A Conspiracy of Fraud

The Trial of Father MacRae-  A Conspiracy of Fraud

For Catholic priests, merely being accused is now evidence of guilt. A closer look at the prosecution of Fr Gordon MacRae opens a window onto a grave injustice. Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a two-part guest post by Ryan A. MacDonald. “Those aware of the facts of this case find it hard to […]

For a Captive Audience: The Books of Winter’s Long Night

A Captive Audience- Books of Winter's Long Night

What do Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Danielle Steel, Tom Clancy, and Robert Frost have in common? They all appear in a TSW post about surviving prison with books. If you’re having a strange sense of déjà vu right about now, it’s because you may have read this post before. We needed to post a re-run […]