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A lesson from a man who lived in the woods

Recently I have had occasion to revisit Henry David Thoreau and his most noted work, “Walden,” which came to life as a result of Thoreau’s experiment in living in solitude

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J.R.R. Tolkien – The moral, Catholic world of ‘The Hobbit’

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”So begins the classic 1937 fantasy epic, “The Hobbit,” written by J.R.R. Tolkien. In the 75 years since its initial publishing,

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Thomas Hardy – A poet’s search for the unknown god

A gloomy Victorian writer who had one of his novels publicly burned by an Anglican bishop may seem an odd choice for spiritual reflection. Yet the poetry of Thomas Hardy

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Cervantes’ misbegotten but inspirational hero

Reflecting on a favorite book was a challenging dilemma for me. Somewhere Dante and Rahner sit and complain to one another about my infidelities.  Augustine paces nearby, pensively murmuring to

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Reading about sports, spirituality and politics

First in an occasional series about books, authors and reading. In this Internet Age, like many, I don’t read as many books as I used to. Yet I miss long