About Dena Hunt

Dena Hunt's first novel, Treason (Sophia Institute Press), won the IPPY Gold Medal. Her second, The Lion’s Heart (Full Quiver Press), won the Catholic Arts and Letters Achievement award. Jazz & Other Stories, her third book, has just been published by Wiseblood Books. She is the book review editor of St. Austin Review.

“I’m Sorry”


Guilt has become a term for psychological or emotional disorder rather than what it actually is, which is responsibility for one’s acts, decisions, choices. As a neurosis, it allows you to be the hero of some emotional melodrama in which you are plagued by feelings of guilt and must go on some heroic quest to redeem [...]

“I’m Sorry”2021-07-12T06:05:19-04:00

St. Thomas Reconsidered on His Feast Day


He frequently gets a bit of bad press, but I always felt that I get St. Thomas. That rather negative appendage, Doubting Thomas, makes him sound petulant, stubborn. But who was it he was doubting in the moment? Not his Lord, but his fellow disciples—other people. And can we blame him? That which was dearer to him than [...]

St. Thomas Reconsidered on His Feast Day2021-07-05T22:05:39-04:00

American Philosophy


Although the United States is a young country compared with the nations of Europe, we have the oldest standing government; that is, our government is unchanged since its birth. I may well be wrong about this. Apolitical by both temperament and conviction, political history is not my strong suit. Nevertheless, I think that what is unique [...]

American Philosophy2021-06-16T22:45:19-04:00

Dealing with Devil Worshippers


Chesterton on chasing hats and diabolists.... https://jpearce.co/chasing-hats-and-dealing-with-devil-worshippers/

Dealing with Devil Worshippers2021-05-24T23:18:05-04:00

O Happy Fall!


Milton’s famous phrase from Paradise Lost has been used in countless contexts, in print or in private. Meant to exclaim that it was because of man’s fall that Christ came, and implying, for those who wonder about such things, Would Christ not have come if we had not sinned and made his coming necessary for our salvation? Did [...]

O Happy Fall!2021-05-24T23:08:01-04:00



These days, the Church discourages the use of the term “confession” in preference to “rite of reconciliation”. I don’t know why, but it may be because of the negative connotation the word has received from an anti-Catholic culture, which sees confession as enforced, even oppressive. So many good things are discarded now in a fruitless and [...]


There’s One Born Every Minute


I just encountered a young man doing his morning run and we stopped and chatted. I live near a university, so I wasn’t surprised he was a student; a grad student getting his second undergraduate along with a master’s in music and music therapy—and a master’s from the “University of Theology and Spirituality” whatever that is. [...]

There’s One Born Every Minute2021-04-26T22:59:20-04:00



I am no scholar of scripture, and I’m dubious of those who claim to be, even within the Church and its long history of scripture scholarship. Not only is complete fluency in the ancient languages of scripture necessary, but also a thorough knowledge of the ancient cultures in which those languages were spoken. At the church [...]


Experience as Parable


Sometimes a little life experience sticks in our memory and we don't know why we still remember it after six or seven decades. I think it might be because the experience is a lesson, like a little parable from God. It stays with us because we are meant to learn something from it, something important. I [...]

Experience as Parable2021-03-20T06:19:43-04:00

The Universe as We Know It


My friend Ann Frailey has written another lovely little meditative piece, http://blog.catholicwritersguild.com/2021/02/i-lift-my-gaze.html. It’s about death and grief, a coincidence because the same topic has been on my mind. Her opening quote, which was from Tom Hanks’ character of Walt Disney in the film Saving Mr. Banks, put my own thoughts in focus: “That’s what we storytellers [...]

The Universe as We Know It2021-02-15T17:20:49-05:00
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