The First of the Four Last Things: An Advent Tale

The First of the Four Last Things- An Advent Tale

In ages past, Advent prepared for the First Coming of Christ by the “momentum mortis,” the first of the Four Last Things. It’s an urgent matter behind These Stone Walls. In the second decade of the Nineteenth Century, the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was a student at Harvard Divinity School where, 150 years later, […]

I’ve Seen the Fall of Man: Advent East of Eden

I’ve Seen the Fall of Man- Advent East of Eden

The Genesis story of the Fall of Man is mirrored in the Nativity. Unlike Adam at the Tree of Knowledge, Jesus did not deem equality with God a thing to be grasped. A TSW reader sent me a recent article from Crisis Magazine, “Who will Rescue the Lost Sheep of the Lonely Revolution?” by the […]

Stone Walls Do Not Daunt the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Stone Walls Do Not Daunt the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Michael Brandon, author of the Freedom Through Truth Blog. Recently I was asked by Father Gordon if I would write a guest post for These Stone Walls. Though Father invited me to write about anything I wanted, he did suggest that I write about my Consecration to […]

A Stitch in Time: Threads of the Tapestry of God

A Stitch in Time- Threads of the Tapestry of God

Have you ever wondered whether the Hand of God is at work connecting the threads of our lives? This is the amazing true story of a tapestry of God in the making. Each year at this time, These Stone Walls usually reruns “The True Story of Thanksgiving: Squanto, the Pilgrims, and the Pope.” For some […]

Coping with the Pope Who Would Not Be King

Coping with the Pope Who Would Not Be King

Media reports about the Synod on the Family inflamed divisions in the Church. Pope Francis drew fire for accommodations to the left and capitulations to the right. (Editors Note: This is part two of a two-part post by Father Gordon MacRae. Part one, “Pope Francis and the Scandal of Listening,” was posted November 5.) Martin […]

Companions in Faith Along a Road Less Traveled

Companions in Faith Along a Road Less Traveled

Bonds of true friendship forged in prison are rare, but essential for the sake of spiritual and emotional survival. This is a day in the life of one such bond. Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Michael P. Ciresi, author of “Coming Home to the Catholic Faith I left Behind.” “Did I […]

Pope Francis and the Scandal of Listening

Pope Francis and the Scandal of Listening

At the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis called for renewed focus on the art of pastoral practice. Are the concerns of traditional Catholics justified or misplaced? “God is not afraid of new things.” Thus was proclaimed, in a homily for the October 19, 2014 Beatification of Blessed Paul VI, another sound bite media summary […]

Love Through the Tempest

Love Through the Tempest

Editor’s Note: The following is an original guest post for These Stone Walls by Carlos Caso-Rosendi. Carlos was the subject of the TSW post, “From the Pope’s End of the World, a Voice Not Lost in Translation” by Father Gordon MacRae. Writing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carlos recently launched the Catholic website, DELUMEN.org. The title […]

Missiles of October: A Hard Fall Behind the Walls

Missiles of October-  A Hard Fall Behind the Walls

In prison a broken typewriter can end a writer’s voice; an injury can end access to the outside world; such were the missiles of October behind These Stone Walls. I can’t remember what post it was, but I told you this story before, and I beg your forgiveness for telling it again. It’s a true […]

Dangerous Liaisons: Martha Coakley and Bernard Baran

Dangerous Liaisons- Martha Coakley and Bernard Baran

Justice is obscured when prosecutors use criminal convictions to bolster political ambition. Justice is defeated when prosecutors deny their mistakes to get elected. The French word, “liaison” comes from an older French word, “lier,” related to the Latin word, “ligere”, meaning “to bind together.” Somewhere in its tangled etymological history, “liaison” was transformed in common […]