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 […]

Je suis Charlie? J’étais Jonas!

Je suis Charlie? J’étais Jonas!

A terrorist attack in Paris at the magazine, Charlie Hebdo, focused the world anew on the threat of radical Islam, but an earlier sign was missed: the sign of Jonah. I happened to turn on FOX News around 9:30 PM on January 14 just in time to see and hear some of my favorite people […]

Fr Georges Lemaître: Father of the Big Bang

Fr Georges Lemaître- Father of the Big Bang

Editor’s Note: Fr MacRae and These Stone Walls are honored to present this guest post by Father Andrew Pinsent, Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University.  Formerly a physicist at CERN, Father Andrew now also serves on the Faculty of Theology at Oxford.  Father Andrew holds a doctorate […]

Science Makes a Case for God and Respect for Life

Science Makes a Case for God and Respect for Life

New insights in cosmology, astronomy, and physics narrow a gap between science and faith, and support a case for a created Universe and the extreme rarity of life. Staring off into the west one clear night, I spotted something rarely seen through a foggy prison cell window – a faint star. In my 8 x […]