For One Priest, A Fate Worse Than Dying in Prison

For One Priest, A Fate Worse Than Dying in Prison

When Judge Joseph LaPlante denied the Habeas Corpus petition of Fr Gordon MacRae, a last hope for freedom faded. The only thing left to take from him is priesthood. I am grateful for this additional opportunity to clarify for the readers of These Stone Walls the legal and canonical paths ahead for wrongly imprisoned priest, […]

Judge Joseph LaPlante Denies Priest’s Appeal

Judge Joseph LaPlante Denies Priest’s Appeal

Allowing neither a hearing on the merits nor testimony of witnesses, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante denied a Habeas Corpus petition of Fr Gordon MacRae. After a long awaited procedural hearing in the Habeas Corpus appeal of wrongly convicted priest, Father Gordon MacRae, U.S. District Court Judge Joseph LaPlante for the District of New […]

“You Did It To Me”: Wisdom and Works of Mercy

YOU DID IT TO ME”- WISDOM AND WORKS OF MERCY

Fr Michael Gaitley and the Marians of the Immaculate Conception from The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy unlock another sacred mystery behind these stone walls. This latest chapter in the Divine Mercy saga unfolding behind prison walls begins where my Holy Week post left off. In “Mary Magdalene: Faith, Courage, and an Empty Tomb,” […]

Mary Magdalene: Faith, Courage, and an Empty Tomb

Mary Magdalene- Faith, Courage, and an Empty Tomb

History unjustly sullied her name without evidence, but Mary Magdalene emerges from the Gospel a faithful, courageous and noble woman, an apostle to the Apostles. As an imprisoned priest, a communal celebration of the Easter Triduum is not available to me. My celebration of this week is for the most part limited to a private […]

Turning a Page: A Long Lent Toward Easter Sunrise

Turning a Page- A Long Lent Toward Easter Sunrise

This account of a young man’s conversion to the Catholic faith is the Parable of the Prodigal Son told in prose; a story of pain and loss, of grace and freedom. My name is Alexander Page. I am 28 years old and I am prisoner number 96829 in the New Hampshire State Prison. One day […]

Copts, Catholics, and the Crusades of ISIS

Copts, Catholics, and the Crusades of ISIS

After mass martyrdom of Egyptian Christians in Libya, President Obama compared it with the Crusades. Islamic State has now aimed its sights at Rome and the Vatican. Jamil Malik was a Coptic Christian university student living in Egypt when I last heard from him. I say “was” because he corresponded with me in 2011 and […]

The Perversion of Justice it Represents

The Post-Trial Extortion of Father Gordon MacRae

A Federal Court will hear oral arguments in the Habeas Corpus appeal of wrongly imprisoned priest, Fr Gordon MacRae. His 1994 trial has been called a perversion of justice. I have the honor of assisting to maintain a page for wrongly imprisoned priest, Father Gordon MacRae, at the professional social network LinkedIn. I hope you […]

A Transfiguration Before Our Very Eyes

A Transfiguration Before Our Very Eyes

Jesus took Peter, James, and John to a mountaintop where He was transfigured before their eyes, an event that echoes through the ages, even through prison walls. When I wrote “At the Root of Jesse” recently, I described the view outward from the prison cell in which I live and write. That same scene can […]

Forty Days of Lent without the Noonday Devil

Forty Days of Lent without the Noonday Devil

Anyone who has experienced the grip of depression knows it is a spiritual disease as much mental as physical. Is there a spiritual path out of the dark night? There is an old and wise foreboding in Catholic monastic traditions to “Beware the Noonday Devil.” That is also the title of an excellent 2007 post […]

At the Root of Jesse: A Life Beyond Prison

At the Root of Jesse-  A Life Beyond Prison

In Western Culture, young men spend their twenties building a life.  What happens when their life-building years are spent incarcerated?  From prison to homelessness. It’s not easy to describe the scene from where I write.  There are so many barriers to see through and look beyond. From the concrete stump where I sit to write […]