A Priest in Disguise: A Review of The Scarlet and the Black

The year is 1943, and German troops have entered Italy. The general and the colonel of this unit seeks an audience with the Pope to extract the Catholic Church’s neutrality in an attempt to keep members of the Church from aiding Allied troops, Jews, and refugees fleeing the tyrannical German rule. The Pope does not agree to neutrality…

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Techelah’s Decision

“Why?” whispered Techelah as the tears began to fall, the grief over losing his rephaim friends was great indeed. “Why them? They had, they had so much to live for, so much waiting for them. Why?”

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Dancers on Parade

David was probably the only guy in town who truly enjoyed dancing. He’d enter into as many dance competitions as possible, he enjoyed it that much. David had danced with every girl in town, practically, and preferred the lovely Natalie Hart as his partner for many a competition. But one day, that all changed.

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Spring 2020: The Church & The Means of Grace

Join us as we explore the Church and the Means of Grace. In these pages you will learn what different people mean by “means of grace” and “sacraments”, things we all hold in common and things we disagree on. You will find non-fiction, poetry, reflections, puzzles, book and media recommendations, and a look at how prayer shows up in a manga series. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Notre Dame

Editor’s Note: This poem was written soon after the Notre Dame Fire just over a year ago.
Notre Dame, why do you cry?
Notre Dame, what are you trying to say?
Will you be born again anew
Like your Master on Easter Sunday?

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Witnesses Bearing Myrrh

Mary barely slept that night; she didn’t want to miss the sun’s first light as it came over the horizon. She and a couple of other women, both named Mary as well, were going to anoint the body of their dead Master with myrrh and other sweet spices to keep it from smelling…

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Morning Sun

The sun slowly rose in the east, its rays heading out to do their job. First, the sky began to lighten as the dark blue of night melted away into colors of rose, purple, and yellow, paving the way for the bright blue. Next, the shadows of the land are chased away as one after another, the rays touch the earth.

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Heaven’s View

The moment finally came, their King approached the gates of Heaven with a multitude of people. The angels rejoiced and trumpets rang as the people were welcomed into Heaven. As the souls entered the heavenly realm, the Trinity spoke to each other for a little bit.

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The Tonttu

The tonttu are a colorful race
And walk around with a dancer’s grace
Swift and silent they can move
But oh, how they can certainly groove….

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A Peryton Among the Stars

Steed of the angels it was called, steed of the genies, even, as only genies have ever been able to approach it without fear. But she could not understand, what was so scary about the peryton? It was best described as having the head, body, and legs of a deer with the four wings, tail, and eyes of the phoenix….

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