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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.

Environment, Nature, and Creation


When I taught senior college-prep English in small-town Georgia public schools, I arranged the syllabus by literary movements. When we reached the romantic movement, and Wordsworth, I had the students bring a permission slip from home (necessary for leaving the campus) and took them on a short walk across the football field to a stretch along [...]

Environment, Nature, and Creation2019-10-17T21:46:40-04:00

Malice Unaware


A long time ago, a fellow teacher at a rural Georgia high school gave me a little booklet entitled “Pocket Prayers for Teachers.” I thumbed through the pages of platitudes of encouragement and exhortations to perseverance. One of the prayers caught my eye and has stayed with me to this day: A teacher sees the brutal [...]

Malice Unaware2019-08-28T04:24:35-04:00

Assent vs Belief


Something occurred recently that provided me a better understanding of the difference between converts and so-called “cradle” Catholics. It was during a meeting of older parishioners, those groups commonly called by names like “Senior Catholics” or “Golden Agers” or “Young At Heart,” etc., groups where you might expect to hear laments of lost traditions. A woman [...]

Assent vs Belief2019-08-12T00:19:52-04:00

Morgan Freeman’s The Story of God


I’ve just finished what is commonly called a “Netflix binge,” which means I watched an entire series of shows. The Story of God had a two-season tenure with some nine episodes in all. I was surprised to enjoy it. I had expected something like the kind of show I saw several years ago during the height [...]

Morgan Freeman’s The Story of God2019-08-09T21:51:03-04:00

Getting (Being) Old


People, we hear, are living longer. That’s not true. While it is true that more people live to old age, “old age” itself has not changed its number definition. Eighty was old fifty years ago and it’s still old. (Ask anyone who’s eighty.) The psalm is still on target today when it says our lifespan is [...]

Getting (Being) Old2019-07-23T05:18:32-04:00

Evolution of God 


Atheists are fond of suggesting that we create God in our own image. In fact, the mean old white-bearded god of judgment learned in some people’s childhood is the reason they give for dismissing belief in God. (Actually, of course, any reason will do if you decide not to believe.) But it does seem that as [...]

Evolution of God 2019-07-08T04:43:46-04:00

A Good Man


A man I admire, a deacon, recently told me that he sees Christ in every person he encounters. He seemed surprised when I answered that I did not. I said that I saw Christ in someone’s character or condition—like their loving nature, or their innocence (not to be confused with naiveté)—or perhaps in their “story,” the [...]

A Good Man2019-06-26T03:09:57-04:00

My name is Babel


My name is Babel I am multi-lingual. Because languages are realities, I perceive many realities. You learn a new language; you learn a new reality. And thus we know that reality is plural and not singular. We refer not to “reality” but to thisor that reality. And because that is so, we can know—with comforting I-am-aware certainty—that there is [...]

My name is Babel2019-06-11T06:09:56-04:00

Be Where You Are


This old dictum can be deceptively simple, rather like “Home is where the heart is.” When I first considered becoming Catholic in 1984, I went to the local church, only a block or two from my apartment in New Orleans, and talked to a very young priest, whom I’ll call Father Francis. He was fresh out [...]

Be Where You Are2019-03-31T04:05:34-04:00

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?


Common question among churchgoers after Ash Wednesday. I’m a vegetarian, so I can’t give up meat. Of course, there’s a lot more I could “sacrifice.” Years ago, however, I thought about what to give up—daily wine with dinner, desserts, etc. But every way I turned this in my thoughts, it just came out silly. Foregoing ice [...]

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?2019-03-11T04:07:12-04:00
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