Category: Lives of the Saints

The Gentle Air and the Hurricane

The book is written like a novel, but it is not one. It purports to be true history, written in the genre of a novel. Each chapter is a series of tableaux that form a miniature biography of a single family member. If the author set out to undo notions of the drab and colorless Middle Ages, his laudable goal was met with considerable success. For here we find ourselves in the world of chivalry and religious fervor, with personalities as colorful as their knightly heraldry and stained-glass windows. Continue reading

An Israelite Without Guile

The Gospel for the feast of Saint Bartholomew, August 24, is from Saint John’s account of the first meeting of Our Lord with Nathanael, whom he also names near the end of his Gospel as being with Peter, Thomas, James, … Continue reading