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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.

The Strangeness of Intolerance


I got sucked into a quarrel yesterday. I hate to admit that, but there it is. The only value such an experience has is the self-examination it evokes, not just to determine whether I was truly “right” but more importantly, to determine what made me lose my cool. I raised my voice—something I never do—then realized too late [...]

The Strangeness of Intolerance2021-01-08T15:06:44-05:00

About Pecans


(This has nothing whatever to do with Catholic culture.) If you are lucky enough to have a friend who lives in South Georgia and has a pecan tree, you might have received pecans this year for Christmas, and you might have thought, Now what am I supposed to do with this. Well, a word or two [...]

About Pecans2020-12-28T12:59:04-05:00



Roseanne Sullivan over at Dappled Things has written a piece on the ghastly nativity scene at the Vatican, appropriately titled “If 2020 was a nativity scene”.  If you haven’t seen it, you might want to brace yourself: Not included in the photo here is the figure of an astronaut and something that looks like Darth Vader with a [...]


On this, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception …


… at a church named Church of the Immaculate Conception in the small town of Dublin, Georgia, a friend will be consecrated as a Virgin Living in the World by our Bishop of Savannah, Stephen Parkes. I can’t attend because of the virus and I can’t see the ceremony because I don’t do Facebook, but it [...]

On this, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception …2020-12-09T01:26:35-05:00

Memory and Prophecy


Many years ago, during the height of my Tolkien obsession, I engaged in online chat with other Middle-Earth inhabitants. We covered topics like “Where would you have lived in Middle-Earth?” Most chatters said they would have lived in the Shire; some said Rivendell. I knew I would have lived in Lothlorien. When the topic of immortal [...]

Memory and Prophecy2020-11-22T23:48:15-05:00

Sex Revisited


Several years ago, when I was still teaching Freshman English at a local university, I wrote a post about the coming death of sex. I reported that I’d held a class discussion on the subject, and more or less polled my students. On the basis of that discussion, I concluded that sex was dying. There were [...]

Sex Revisited2020-11-09T18:10:57-05:00

Trust 2


Nowhere is the devastation of betrayal depicted more clearly than in Henry James’ Washington Square. Set in 1840s New York, it is the story of the daughter of a widowed physician who feels burdened by the plain and dull daughter of his brilliant and beautiful wife. Catherine is completely unaware of her father’s disappointment in her. She adores [...]

Trust 22020-11-02T05:25:13-05:00

St. John Henry Newman for All Souls Day


Joseph Pearce writes: In this week's Inner Sanctum I read and discuss three poems by St. John Henry Newman for All Souls Day. We also continue on our pilgrimage to Rome with Hilaire Belloc, hearing him wax lyrical on Europe and the Faith. Beginning a discussion of The Aeneid, I consider the extent to which Virgil's epic [...]

St. John Henry Newman for All Souls Day2020-10-30T07:53:53-04:00



Trust is an astonishing thing. Think of relationships of all kinds--siblings, parents, spouses, friends, the relationship we have with our bosses or employees, and even the reliance we have on government agencies, on teachers, police, doctors—and our expectations of drivers in traffic. All of these and countless other relationships are based on trust. The plaintive words of Blanche [...]




In the New Oxford Review headlines today, Pope Francis is reported to have said that money is the “new idolatry”. I couldn’t help thinking what was new about that. Preachers of all sorts have said that ever since I can remember. “You cannot serve both God and mammon” is a Scripture we all must have heard [...]

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