Father’s Day in Prison Consoling the Heart of Jesus

Father's Day in Prison Consoling the Heart of Jesus

A Father’s Day gift perfectly timed, Fr Michael Gaitley’s Consoling the Heart of Jesus is the text for a 10-week retreat underway now behind these stone walls. “You should not worry about adversities. The world is not as powerful as it seems to be.” (The Diary of St Faustina, no. 1643) Father’s Day is coming up, […]

Pentecost, Priesthood, and Death in the Afternoon

Pentecost, Priesthood, and Death in the Afternoon

On his 32nd ordination anniversary Fr Gordon MacRae writes of Priesthood, Pentecost, and the Jewish Festival of Shavu’ot as death draws near on a prison afternoon. “I said, in the noontide of my days I must depart; I am consigned to the gates of Sheol for the rest of my years.  I said I shall […]

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

Three Days before Pentecost, Fr Gordon MacRae marks 32 years of priesthood. “Inherit the Wind! Pentecost and the Breath of God” is Part I of a planned June 4 post. It’s spring cleaning and inspection time behind these stone walls this week. It means a week of scrubbing all the concrete and steel surfaces of […]

The Post-Trial Extortion of Father Gordon MacRae

The Post-Trial Extortion of Father Gordon MacRae

Some who today cite a coerced post-trial plea deal to evidence Fr Gordon MacRae’s guilt actually had a hand in bringing it about. Plea deals can destroy justice. Editor’s Note: This continues an ongoing series of TSW guest posts by Ryan A. MacDonald. Part One was “The Trial of Father MacRae: A Conspiracy of Fraud.” Part […]

Cardinal Dulles, Father Neuhaus, and The Judas Crisis

Cardinal Dulles, Father Neuhaus, and The Judas Crisis

Fr Richard John Neuhaus and Cardinal Avery Dulles Depicted the U.S. Bishops’ Dallas Charter as a contradiction of the Gospel, canon law, and the bishops themselves.
 Something was reported in the Catholic press two months ago that triggered a strong sense of deja vu as I was writing my post, “The U.N. in the Time […]

Loved, Lost, Found: A Gift for Mother’s Day

Loved, Lost, Found-  A Gift for Mother's Day

Felix Carroll’s great Divine Mercy book, Loved, Lost, Found profiled the conversion of Pornchai Maximilian Moontri, and set in motion this Mother’s Day gift. “Every mile into the woods is a mile out again.” It’s hard to imagine that profound snippet of wisdom was conveyed to me as a child by the same woman who […]

The U.N. in the Time of Cholera, and Other TSW News

The U.N. in  the Time of Cholera, and Other TSW News

Among recent TSW topics now in the news, Fr Gordon MacRae returns to what seems to be a policy statement at the United Nations: “Do as we say, not as we do.” Before taking on the U.N. again, my title for this post was adapted from a work of fiction by the Colombian writer/novelist, Gabriel […]

The Divine Mercy Canonization of Saint John Paul II

The Divine Mercy Canonization of Saint John Paul II

By the dawn of the 21st Century, Karol Wojtyla was dubbed “John Paul the Great” by many. On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church confirms what the world already knew. Two names are added to the Communion of Saints on Divine Mercy Sunday 2014, and midway through this second decade of the 21st Century, one of […]

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 […]