Author: drichert

Oedipus the Detective

by Sean Fitzpatrick

The murder mystery is as old as murder. When the blood of Abel cried out for justice, the all-seeing Judge took…

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10 Christmas Stories Every Father Should Read to His Children

by Sean Fitzpatrick

When St. Nick drives his miniature sleigh full of toys drawn by eight tiny reindeer to the snowy housetop, and drops…

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Why The Worst Christmas Story is Worth Reading

by Sean Fitzpatrick

There are few Christmas stories that begin with a scene so ragged and rich as a threadbare, moth-gnawed Santa Claus who,…

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Christmas

by Sean Fitzpatrick

One Christmas was so much like the other, in those years around the sea-town corner now, out of all sound…

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Gravediggers, Goblins, and How Dickens Discovered Christmas

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Christmas has become a humbug. Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge was a sour soothsayer for our times. By and large, Christmas is a humbug these…

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What Are You Reading This Summer? Excellent Drivel

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Reading in the dog days should never be dogged reading. Just as summer is for recreation, so also is it for…

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These Parables: The Two Sons

by Fr. George William Rutler

As the atmosphere grew tense in Jerusalem, our Lord spoke the parable of the two sons (Matthew 21:28-32). When the…

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Coincidentally: A Cavalcade of Georges

by Fr. George William Rutler

Few literary conventions are more useful than quotation of Aristotle when in a pinch. He gives a sheen to what…

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These Parables: The Yeast

by Fr. George William Rutler

In the heart of noisy Manhattan, when silence falls outside the window, I suspect something has gone wrong. St. Gregory…

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Paper or Plasma? How Are You Reading This Summer?

by Sean Fitzpatrick

Summertime is a favorite time for some favorite reading—but in these times, and in these summers, the issue is not…

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