On Being a Lapsed Catholic

In 1967, Anthony Burgess, author of “A Clockwork Orange,” described the pain of being an apostate: “It is with no indifferent eye that I view the flood of worshippers pouring into the Catholic church...I want to be one of them, but wanting is not enough.” Continue Reading »

Observe His Prayer

At the outset of Moby Dick, Father Mapple preaches to a congregation of whalers. His text is the Book of Jonah, and it stands out as one of the most enjoyable fictional sermons of all time. After God has assigned him the task of preaching repentance to the city of Nineveh, Jonah flees “with . . . . Continue Reading »