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 […]

The Terror of Gossip Is no Measure of Justice

The Terror of Gossip Is no Measure of Justice

Pope Francis said a priest is like an airplane. He only makes news if he crashes. When the media is our judge, justice is different for Dr Huxtable and Fr Huxtable. At the close of December, 2010, These Stone Walls published a post about my New Year’s resolution that resounded with lots of readers. Its […]

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Facts, Just Dirt

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Facts, Just Dirt

Before Rolling Stone’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely fell for an untrue UVA gang rape story, she was conned by “Billy Doe” whose tale took the life of an innocent priest. Some of this story surfaced just before Thanksgiving and unraveled just before Christmas. None of us really had the stomach for it in any of its […]

These Stone Walls: The Hits & Misses of 2014

These Stone Walls The Hits & Misses of 2014

These Stone Walls 2014 review: Pornchai Maximilian Moontri family reunion. Anthony Begin renews life. Jesse Pickard finds freedom. Status of Father MacRae’s appeal. These Stone Walls has a New Year’s tradition for a year-end review with a format used by the Journal Editorial Report hosted by staff from the WSJ Editorial Page. The JER airs […]



Father Abraham first heard God 21 centuries before a star rose above Bethlehem. We now live in the 21st Century after. At the center of all faith, Christ is born. “For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, thy all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the […]

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 […]