The Call of Communion
You may already know we Catholics are big into tradition and one of the seemingly mandatory ones is when any Catholic gives a talk he has to start out with a story. Who am I, striving to be a faithful son of the Church, to break such a tradition?
Once upon a time (December 1952) in a land far, far away (New York City) there once lived the author and literary critic Mary McCarthy. Mary McCarthy is not much remembered today other than her best-selling 1963 novel, The Group. Mary had long been a member of New York City's literati, a clique of cultural elites who then, as now, were overwhelmingly secular and cynical and as a very alienated lapsed Catholic, Mary McCarthy fit right in. On this December night, Mary and her …Read more >
(Another Screwtape tribute)
Author’s disclaimer: Like CS Lewis, I will not tell you how Treaclegloch’s columns came into my possession. Like Screwtape and other devils, it must always be remembered that Treaclegloch is a self-serving liar and prone to the particular brand of wishful thinking found in Hell. For those readers not familiar with The Screwtape Letters and Screwtape Proposes a Toast, whenever a devil refers to “the Enemy” he is referring to God and when he refers to “our Father below” he is referring to Lucifer. These and other similar inversions of usage and values should be remembered when interpreting any devilish missive.
The Infernal Herald is pleased to announce the resumption of a popular though recently interrupted …Read more >