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Prologue to Celtic Crossing: A Novel by Len Mattano

Prologue to Celtic Crossing: A Novel by Len Mattano

Tuesday, 19 March 1191, Skellig Michael, ÉireBrother Murrough prayed silently as the westering sun descended into the sea and nightfall arrived. Few waves broke against the granite crags seven hundred feet below, washed gray by the late winter moon. At this height the...

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Despair as Weakness Rather than Sin

Despair as Weakness Rather than Sin

The stigma attached to suicide and struggles with mental health makes it difficult for so many people to get the help and support they need. Paraclete is privileged to provide two resources of hope for survivors, and those who have experienced suicide loss—Bruised...

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Announcing the Inaugural Paraclete Poetry Prize

Announcing the Inaugural Paraclete Poetry Prize

September 6, 2019 — Paraclete Press welcomes submissions for the Paraclete Poetry Prize. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2020. First prize: $1,000 honorarium and book publication in Fall 2020. Second prize: $250 honorarium and book publication in Spring...

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Francis of Assisi: The Hidden Story

Francis of Assisi: The Hidden Story

From the Preface to Francis of Assisi: The Hidden Story by Chiara Mercuri, translated by Robert Edmonson. -- In 1890, the Calvinist pastor Paul Sabatier arrived in Assisi to search among the ancient manuscript resources of the library of the Sacro Convento...

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The vocation of the Catholic poet in our time

The vocation of the Catholic poet in our time

Like others, I have spent the better part of my life in pursuit of words that might answer my deepest longings for self-realization. And now, as I approach eighty and watch my friends dying or winding up in hospitals and...

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The Language of Healing

The Language of Healing

I have a love affair with horses and their way of communicating.  Horses, while quite capable of vocalizations, particularly around feeding time, communicate more readily through their bodies. They respond to pressure. Their eyes, nostrils, and ears speak paragraphs about...

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Original Desire

Original Desire

When I was sixteen years old I wanted it all: to be athletic, intelligent, strong, attractive, genuine, funny, articulate, and a whole lot more.  Every one of these desires demanded my full attention. They were the epitome of selfishness. Depending...

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The Key to Peace

The Key to Peace

When Moses stood on the mountain and gazed at the new world, he predicted that there would always be choices between life and death. The challenge is to choose life.  It is not accidental that Krister (Stendahl) chose young listeners...

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Who is my neighbor?

Who is my neighbor?

There have been so many terrorist attacks in the world in the last few years. I recall the truck that was driven indiscriminately into a large group of people who were celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016....

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