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, […]

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 […]