Are We Alone? Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Initiatives

Yuri Milner

  Yuri Milner is committing $100 million to “Breakthrough Listen.” Its ten year mission: to seek out new life and new civilizations, hopefully Vulcans, not Klingons. In my recent post, “Upon the Dung Heap of Job,” I promised – or threatened as the case may be – that a science post was soon coming to […]

Upon the Dung Heap of Job: God’s Answer to Suffering

Upon the Dung Heap of Job- God’s Answer to Suffering

The story of Job and the mystery of suffering have puzzled Judaism and Christianity for millennia, but behind These Stone Walls a clue was found in the night sky. TSW readers, be forewarned. A science post is coming! It won’t be this week; maybe not even next, but it’s coming. Recent months have seen some […]

For Divine Mercy, Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make

For Divine Mercy, Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make

A team of Marian Helpers concluded a retreat behind prison walls using the Hearts Afire series by Fr Michael Gaitley from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of a two-part post. Part One was entitled, “You Did It to Me: Wisdom and Works of Mercy” posted at These […]

At Play in the Field of the Lord

At Play in the Field of the Lord

The Saints Prison Ministry sent a Pennsylvania team of ballplayers behind these stone walls. When the Saints came marching in, it was a day that transcended prison.Saints Prison Ministry When a man is sent to prison, the first thing to be checked at the prison door – besides freedom, of course – is pride. Prison […]

Unchained Melody

Unchained Melody

President Barack Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit a federal prison. Pope Francis plans to visit a U.S. state prison. Is prison reform coming? It’s been awhile since readers of These Stone Walls were subjected to a summer rerun, but why reinvent the wheel? At about this time three years ago, I […]

The Dying of the Light: Religious Liberty in America

The Dying of the Light- Religious Liberty in America

A sharply divided Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefel v Hodges opens an ominous door. Protecting religious liberty will be the test of democracy. More than the majority decision in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, it was the judicial vehemence of the split court’s dissent that I found more compelling and worthy of […]

Peter Saunders and Cardinal Pell: A Trial by Media

Peter Saunders and Cardinal Pell- A Trial by Media

Abuse survivor Peter Saunders has used his position on the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors to generate media condemnation of Cardinal George Pell. Nearly all prisoners, especially those rendered powerless in the face of injustice, describe vivid and haunting dreams behind the stone walls that imprison them. My mental library contains twenty-one years […]

A Midsummer Knight’s Dream of Freedom

A Midsummer Knight’s Dream of Freedom

The Cold War’s Iron Curtain, a prison Father’s Day event, a knight proclaims the Word of God, a departed friend’s last word, all this week behind These Stone Walls In “Holy Orders: The Labyrinthine Ways of Divine Mercy,” a recent post on These Stone Walls, I described a time in my life as an older […]

Independence Day Behind These Stone Walls

Independence Day Behind These Stone Walls

The death of Anthony Begin, heroic priestly sacrifice, remember Fr Kenneth Walker, Independence Day, the battle for our souls: this week behind These Stone Walls. For those who may have missed our announcement on Facebook last week, our friend Anthony Begin passed from this life at 12:30 AM (EDT) on June 18. He was 50 […]

Pornchai Moontri: Mercy to the Max

Pornchai Moontri- Mercy to the Max

A new site, Mercy to the Max highlights the work of prominent Catholic writers on the inspiring story of Pornchai Moontri from despair to Divine Mercy conversion. We need your help for a simple but profoundly important task. Readers of These Stone Walls know that I have struggled against the injustices of false witness and […]