599 Summit Avenue

Things are getting dark and even a bit dull and dreary as late autumn barges in on us here in Minnesota. When I need a shot of beauty to offset the season’s built-in gloominess, I like to curl up in an easy chair with a warm drink and read the first chapter of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald....

The Holy Land

In 1993 I had the chance to visit the Holy Land.  It was one of those large tour groups that load you on buses and motor you to all the significant sacred sites in a week.  It was crowded and tiring and hot and unfamiliar, and I loved every minute of it! I loved the idea of going to visit the places where...

The Joys of Art

About 10 years ago, I became very interested in art–all kinds of art. Who knew there were so many types of art: folk art, abstract art, decorative art, fine art, and other types? What interests me most is the artist prospective of an image and the history of the finished product. Christian art is rich...

A Matter of Perspective

When I take a step back from the stresses and challenges of my fairly ordinary daily life—family, work, home and car repairs, short-lived sickness, commuting, paying bills—I see that I’m pretty blessed. But when I’m in the midst of paying the bills or dealing with getting a car into the shop for...

Summertime: Convention Time

In a few weeks some of us will be heading to Somerset, New Jersey, for the Catholic Marketing Network convention (August 6-9). It’s always a full few days of networking, learning, and celebrating the wonderful world of Catholic books and gifts. This year, two of our Servant authors will be signing...

Digging up the Dead

We’re in the second week of the Easter season, our celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The Gospels, especially Matthew’s, preserve for us several accusations of conspiracy by everyone from the disciples to the Roman soldiers set to guard the tomb of Jesus, in an attempt to disprove the...

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