Saints and Sojourners: From Prison to Divine Mercy

Saints and Sojourners-  From Prison to Divine Mercy

Father Michael Gaitley’s ‘Do-It-Yourself’ retreat, Consoling the Heart of Jesus has concluded behind these stone walls, and its ripple effect has begun to show. I cannot let this week pass without mention of two great Saints whose Feast Days the Church remembers this month. Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (August 9), known also as […]

These Stone Walls Turns Five Years Old

These Stone Walls Turns Five Years Old

Among top Catholic blogs, These Stone Walls written from prison has been called “A Voice in the Wilderness.” Five years of truth about priesthood under fire. “From Heaven the Lord looked at the Earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die.” (Psalms 102: 20) As July […]

On the Fatherhood of Bishops With Disposable Priests

the Fatherhood of Bishops With Disposable Priests

“Father Jim” is a senior priest suspended under terms of the Dallas Charter, barred from ministry and from defending his good name due to a claim from 1972. Editor’s Note: The following guest post by “Father Jim” was received as a comment on a recent post at These Stone Walls. Due to its length and […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the WSJ.com Forum

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the WSJ.com Forum

When posting a comment at The Wall Street Journal’s new forum for digital subscribers, Fr Gordon MacRae found something rare in online comments: total civility. In my post, “When the Caged Bird Just Can’t Sing,” last year, I introduced TSW readers to my cranky old electronic Smith Corona typewriter. It just suffered one of its […]

Fr Seraphim Michalenko on a Mission of Divine Mercy

Fr Seraphim Michalenko on a Mission of Divine Mercy

Midway in our Consoling the Heart of Jesus retreat in prison, Fr Seraphim Michalenko, Director of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, fulfilled Hebrews 13:3. Some strange and interesting things are happening behind These Stone Walls this summer, and it’s a task and a half to stay ahead of them and reflect a little […]

Jesus Wept: The Death of Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP

Jesus Wept-  The Death of Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP

At a Phoenix Catholic church on June 11, 2014 Fr Kenneth Walker was murdered and Fr Joseph Terra brutally beaten by a man paroled from prison six weeks earlier. “Jesus wept.”  Those two words in the Gospel of Saint John (11:35) comprise the shortest sentence in all of Sacred Scripture.  Upon the sudden death of […]

Dostoevsky in Prison and the Perils of Odysseus

Dostoevsky in Prison and the Perils of Odysseus

What do Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, Homer’s legendary Odysseus, and Fr Walter Ciszek have in common?  They endured different versions of the same peril. In a letter this week, a  TSW reader asked whether I follow any sort of advance plan for TSW titles. She wrote, “Your readers got to see a moving and haunting […]

A TSW PREQUEL: MICHELANGELO AND THE HAND OF GOD

A PREQUEL- MICHELANGELO AND THE HAND OF GOD

Father Gordon MacRae revisits “Michelangelo and the Hand of God: Scandal at the Vatican” a prequel to some upcoming thoughts in solitude behind These Stone Walls. Four-hundred and fifty years ago, the famed Italian sculptor, painter, and architect, Michelangelo Buonarroti, left this world having almost attained his 90th year. His final work of architectural genius […]

Science and Faith and the Big Bang Theory of Creation

Science and Faith and the Big Bang Theory of Creation

The discovery of cosmic ripples from the birth of the Universe is evidence beyond reasonable doubt of the Big Bang theory first proposed by Fr George Lemaitre. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit […]

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, […]