The Real Presence

Yesterday was Holy Thursday, a day in which we remember our Lord’s Last Supper, at which Jesus broke bread and said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Following that, He held up the cup of wine and said, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of…

The Example of Saint Peter

Today’s Gospel reading (from Saint John) focuses on betrayal: first with Judas Iscariot leaving the table of the Last Supper to sell Jesus to the Jewish authorities, then with Jesus telling Peter that before the cock crows three times, he will betray his friend. Magnificat‘s meditation was written by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, beloved preacher and author who died in…

Focus Not on Fear

Magnificat‘s nearly daily, one-page introduction to the life of a saint always ends with a short prayer. Today’s featured saint is Macarius of Ghent, whose was told through prayer that the plague epidemic in Ghent would end upon his death. The plague did indeed come to a halt when his earthly life ended, a few days later on Holy Thursday…

Places and People of Influence

I’ve already written, on more than one occasion, about the influence particular writers had on some of those that follow, and I shared Harold Bloom’s take on the “anxiety of influence.” What I have not addressed, and have not given a great deal of thought to, is the influence exerted on writers by place. Yes, I’ve long realized that the words…

Boundaries of Memory

The other day, when I finished F. Scott Fitzgerald’s This Side of Paradise, a book I have not been able to process or write about, I realized I wanted my next book to come with very little history, fame, or critical baggage. I won’t say that I wanted an easy read, but I wanted something a bit more straightforward. I’m not…