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The Holy Ghost by John Donne

O Holy Ghost, whose temple IAm, but of mud walls and condensed dust,And being sacrilegiouslyHalf wasted with youth’s fires, of pride and lustMust with new storms be

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Forgiveness: What’s Left When the Excuses Run Out

She married just out of high school and never managed to get to college. She lived in relative poverty with her husband, and had four children with him through the 80s. They pursued a counter-culture life, avoiding American materialism and seeking to live as a couple committed to the values

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Why We’re Called the Catholic Church

G. K. Chesterton once remarked that Catholics agree about everything; it is only everything else they disagree about. That is to say, Catholics (and by this he meant “Catholics who know and believe their Faith”) agree on a few cosmic truths summarized in the creeds, prayers, sacraments, and common life of the

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Bilbo, Frodo, and Relics

Once, as I was waiting for Mass to begin, an acquaintance of mine came bustling up, sat down next to me and whispered excitedly, “Guess what I have?” She then produced from her pocket a little round box the size of a watch. It had a glass lid and in

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About Mark Shea

Greetings! I’m Mark P. Shea, a Catholic author and blogger who’s also done a spot of podcasting and even acting here and there, as well as radio and TV work. My latest book, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching was published in September 2020 by New City Press. Other works include By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition (Ignatius), Mary, Mother of the SonThis is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence (Christendom), and Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did (Basilica), Salt and Light:  The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life (Servant), The Heart of Catholic Prayer: Rediscovering the Our Father and the Hail Mary (Our Sunday Visitor) and The Work of Mercy:  Being the Hands and Heart of Christ (Servant).

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