Author Archive for Ann

Children’s Book Review Roundup

The Sisters of the Last Straw books by Karen Kelly Boyce are effervescent little comic mysteries set in a convent full of ladies whose personal shortcomings have proved too much for other religious orders to handle. The five (and later…

Review: Enlightened

  How can one person make a difference in the world? Can we really overcome our baser motivations – our envy, our grief, our spite – and act with purity of intention? Does anyone really ever change? These are some of…

Review: The Action Bible

Graphic novels occupy a strange place in our literary landscape. While award-winning classics such as Watchmen and Maus have established them as a medium for serious art, many people still instinctually dismiss them as mere entertainment. Comic books, for some, retain…

Gluten Sensitivity and the GIFT

 For sure when Adam did not know To sin, or sin to smother; He might to heav’n from Paradise go, As from one room t’another. Thou hast restored to us this ease By this thy heav’nly blood; Which I can…

Review: Fearing the Stigmata

To be Catholic and in one’s twenties is to be something of an anomaly, if our current cultural landscape is to be believed. The occasional Theology-on-Tap group notwithstanding, there is a dearth of media from the Church directed toward those…

Review: The Act of Killing

  In 1965, Indonesia experienced a failed political coup, after which began a genocide of over half a million people. Suspected communists, many of them ethnic Chinese, were massacred by members of the political party that still rules the country…

Rend Your Heart

Welcome dear feast of Lent; who loves not thee, He loves not Temperance, or Authority,          But is compos’d of passion. The Scriptures bid us fast; the Church says, now: Give to thy Mother, what thou wouldst allow   To ev’ry…

Review: Philomena

Half comedy of manners, half poignant memoir, Philomena is an engaging adaptation of a shocking true story. Director Stephen Frears and stars Dame Judi Dench (Skyfall) and Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder) dramatize The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, a 2009…