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  • June 9th, 2012The Samaritan’s Biographyby Dena Hunt

    Many years ago, I came across a little book called “Pocket Prayers for Teachers.”  I suspect it was part of a series of “pocket prayers” for women—maybe there were pocket prayers for mothers, or nurses, or whatever. Somebody once told me it was part of a series called “apron pocket prayers,” so you know how old it was; it’s illegal now, I think, to say that women wear aprons.

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  • June 8th, 2012Digging Up the Past and Burying the Truthby Joseph Pearce

    An excavation behind a pub in London has unearthed the remains of the Curtain Theatre, at which early Shakespeare plays were probably first performed.

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  • June 7th, 2012Hamlet in a Nutshellby Joseph Pearce

    This is so funny that I simply had to share it. It's Adam McNaughton's five minute song summarizing the entire plot of Hamlet. It is not only hilarious, but also contains some pretty clever rhymes. Although, at the deepest level, Hamlet transcends tragedy and becomes a divine comedy, this five minute rendition reduces it to pure slapstick!

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  • June 7th, 2012Lamest Defense of SSM, Everby Sophia Mason

    CNN poll: Majority of Americans have gay friends, family members

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  • June 7th, 2012Pope Benedict and Corpus Christiby Fr. Simon Henry

    Zenit carries an article by Rome's Director of Liturgy Carmelite Father Giuseppe Midili, director of the Liturgical Office of the Vicariate of Rome.  He explains  the Importance and Meaning of the Corpus Christi Feast this Thursday, when the Holy Father will preside over Holy Mass in the courtyard of Saint John Lateran, and then lead the procession of the Body of Christ to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. Some of what he says chimes in with the previous post so here is some of it with my own comments. 

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  • June 7th, 2012The Christian Shakespeareby Kevin O'Brien

    Coming on the heels of Joseph's recent post on Shakespeare and the controversy it has excited, allow me to share with Ink Desk readers an official press release ...

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  • June 6th, 2012Join Me at the National Homeschooling Conference in Virginiaby Joseph Pearce

    I shall be giving two talks at the Immaculate Heart of Mary National Homeschooling Conference in Fredericksburg, Virginia on June 22 & 23. Other speakers at this major event will include my good friend Dale Ahlquist of the American Chesterton Society, and Dr. Ray Guarendi. I hope you can join me.

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  • June 6th, 2012It Really Is About Religious Freedom …by Dena Hunt

    … and not about contraception at all. Nothing here is new. It’s been done before and with great success.

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  • June 6th, 2012Blessed William Greenwood - English Martyrby Joseph Pearce

    Blessed William Greenwood was one of the eighteen Carthusian Martyrs put to death by Henry VIII between 1535 and1537. Whereas the first martyrs were hanged, drawn (i.e. disemboweled while still alive) and then quartered, the fourth and final group of martyrs, one of whom was Greenwood, were simply chained with their hands behind their backs in a cell in London's Newgate Prison and left to die of starvation.

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  • June 6th, 2012The HHS Mandateby Bruce Fingerhut

    This fine piece on the HHS Mandate from Gerard V. Bradley from the University of Notre Dame Law School is well worth a good read.

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  • June 6th, 2012Pope Benedict Calls on U.S. Catholicsby Fr. Simon Henry

    EWTN News reports that the man behind organising the recent 'ad limina' visits of America's bishops to Rome, British born Mgr. Anthony Figueirdo, says that Pope Benedict has called on the U.S. Catholic Church to help rescue and revive Christian culture.

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  • June 6th, 2012Bad Peopleby Sophia Mason

    I so badly wanted for this to be a good movie.

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  • June 5th, 2012The Shakespeare Warsby Joseph Pearce

    A controversy is raging on my post, "Shakespeare: Defence & Defecation".

    As a taste of the full-blown discussion, I'm posting my latest broadside in the Shakespeare Wars here.

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  • June 5th, 2012Chesterton versus Christopher Hitchensby Joseph Pearce

    Here's an interesting post from today's Crisis Magazine, defending Chesterton against Christopher Hitchens:


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  • June 5th, 2012What Would Tolkien Read?by Joseph Pearce

    I've received an e-mail from the mother of a twelve-year-old asking my advice on what books a Tolkien enthusiast should read. Her e-mail began with the question, "what books would Tolkien recommend to a young writer?" Here's the text of the relevant part of her e-mail, with my response below.

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  • June 4th, 2012Chaucer & His Age: Preview of the Next Issueby Joseph Pearce

    The next issue of StAR is with the proofreaders. Here’s a preview of what our subscribers can expect when their next issue is delivered. If you have not yet subscribed, please support our apostolate by doing so. You can subscribe online from this very site. It’s never been easier!

    The theme of the July/August issue is “Chaucer & His Age”. Highlights include:

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  • June 4th, 2012Which Fundamentalism is Worse?by Joseph Pearce

    One of the songs that I occasionally sing to my son at the breakfast table is "Morning Has Broken", which was a huge hit for Cat Stevens in the early-seventies. I like the song for its Franciscan-Hopkinsesque evocation of the spiritual beauty of nature. Recently, I thought I'd play the original track and selected it on You Tube. I noted that the person who had posted the track had warned that all abusive comments related to Stevens' conversion to Islam would be removed. For those who don't know, Cat Stevens caused controversy many years ago when he became a Muslim. He now goes by the name of Yusuf Islam.

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  • June 2nd, 2012Holy Ground?by Dena Hunt

    I’ve just returned from a vacation, the first I’ve had in—actually, I don’t know. There was a two-days trip to St Simon’s in January to visit a friend who, as it turned out, was not all that happy to see me. (Mysterious as the ways of seeming-love are those of seeming-friendship sometimes, but all that is another story.) Before that, I took a trip to Virginia for the lovely wedding of a young friend nearly two years ago. And before that, all is darkness. The perpetual problem is the difficulty of finding a good pet-sitter, but I know that, at bottom, I’m simply reclusive, practically a hermit, really.

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  • June 1st, 2012Seer: A Wizard’s Journalby Jef Murray

    Greetings!  "Seer: A Wizard's Journal", is my first book, and it was formally released yesterday, on the Feast of the Visitation. "Seer" is a collection of parables, pictures, poems, and polemics, and it takes the reader down unusual paths and byways that will hopefully amuse and intrigue.

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  • June 1st, 2012World Meeting of Families in Milanby Fr. Simon Henry

    Hundreds of thousands of people from over 140 countries are currently attending the World Meeting of Families in Milan to discuss issues affecting marriage and family life. Pope Benedict travels to Milan on Friday to meet with those attending the 5-day event and will remain in the northern Italian city until Sunday.

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