There is no moment of completion, in this life, when all of the moments of terror, boredom, worry, and ecstasy merge on a plateau on which the balance of our lives will be lived . . . we should be resigned that it will continue to be a mix of fear and contentment.

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Albert Norton, Jr. is an essayist and novelist, who blogs on issues of culture and philosophy as it affects religion. His first novel was Another Like Me (eLectio Publishing 2015). This is a book of adventure, but it is also a book about man’s consciousness; that of each person to the other, and about the Consciousness that surrounds us all. It is about war and peace and the truth of what we are without God, and with Him. His second novel is Rough Water Baptism (eLectio Publishing 2017), about the difficult re-enchantment of the world for one young woman who has all the material advantages one could hope for, but who begins adulthood in a spiritual desert.

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Liam Neeson has just the right kind of face for the concerned sincerity that you would expect the devil to have.  He was well-cast in this Martin Scorcese movie.  Silence is about two kinds of silence: the putative silence of God about His own existence, and then that silence requited by man’s. In the early […]


This is a reprint of a portion of a 1996 interview of the late Orthodox priest George Calciu, who spent years of torture in the communist Romanian gulag for being a Christian priest.  He was speaking of his cell-mate, Constantine Oprisan.  This was also posted on Rod Dreher’s blog on December 7, 2017. I was […]


Imagine you’re a king, riding your majestic white steed through the forest.  You stop in a little village for water and are served by a humble village girl.  She enchants you.  You speak with her and find that you’re falling in love with her. But now you’ve got a problem.  She can’t really love you in […]