Literature
The 13 Examples of Pride Carved into the Floor of Purgatory

The 13 Examples of Pride Carved into the Floor of Purgatory

Listers, pride is the first sin to be purged in Dante’s literary work the Purgatorio. The purgation of pride represents the first ledge of purgatory. There are seven ledges – one for each of the seven deadly vices. Dante orders them according to their proximity to charity; thus, the ledge of pride is at the...
Ante-Purgatory: The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio

Ante-Purgatory: The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante’s Purgatorio

At this death there ensured a struggled between the powers of good and evil for his soul; since he had uttered the name of Mary with his dying breath and shed a tear of true repentance, the heavily faction prevailed and bore his soul off to Paradise.
Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante’s Purgatorio

Listers, “The “Divina Commedia” is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: “to remove those living in this life from the state of misery, and lead them to the state of felicity”. It...
Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Listers, certain “Great Books” have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered “great,” he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems and issues of our times. The book is inexhaustible:...
The Crusades: 3 Books Worth Reading

The Crusades: 3 Books Worth Reading

Listers, the following works have been chosen as excellent introductory texts to the Crusades. All three works come heavily recommended by Catholic professors and priests as superior primers on what is arguably one of the most misunderstood events in human history. All three title are available online – click the title or cover photo for...
6 Books on Islam by Catholic Scholar Robert Spencer

6 Books on Islam by Catholic Scholar Robert Spencer

Opus Dei Father C.J. McCloskey, a Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, referred to Robert Spencer as "perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country."
12 of the Best GK Chesterton Quotes

12 of the Best GK Chesterton Quotes

“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
3 Thoughts on God in Tolkien's Middle-Earth

3 Thoughts on God in Tolkien’s Middle-Earth

"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament."
Forest of Suicides: 6 Comments on Dante's Punishment for the Self-Violent

Forest of Suicides: 6 Comments on Dante’s Punishment for the Self-Violent

Inferno (Italian for "Hell") is the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. It is an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil.
"Who is the Catholic Writer in America?" and 10 Other Questions with Tuscany Press

“Who is the Catholic Writer in America?” and 10 Other Questions with Tuscany Press

In a world where the Catholic perspective of life is seen as illegitimate or wrong, Tuscany Press is providing a means in which the Catholic writer who is "anonymously toiling" to have an opportunity to be read and seen.
6 Catholic Poems that Testify to God's Love

6 Catholic Poems that Testify to God’s Love

Poetry is an excellent tool of praise and acknowledgement of all that God has given us. Perhaps not as simple nor as easily entertaining as prose would be, poetry has an added facet that is not as evident in prose.
Beyond Here Be Dragons: 17 Questions with Catholic Author David Athey

Beyond Here Be Dragons: 17 Questions with Catholic Author David Athey

Seeing books as a means of entertainment or escape is the common misconception of many people because they fail to acknowledge that a book can be very dangerous (sometimes they are dangerous in a good way and other times dangerous in a bad way).
Et Vidit Deus Quod Esset Bonum: 5 Reasons to Read the New Novel "Christopher"

Et Vidit Deus Quod Esset Bonum: 5 Reasons to Read the New Novel “Christopher”

Listers, the crisis of contemporary literature can only be alleviated by the united effort of the Catholic community. One of my proposed remedies to this grievous situation is by encouraging (nay, beseeching) Catholic media outlets like blogs, television, and radio to give Catholic writers and artists the exposure they deserve. Today I am going to...
5 Quotes from St. Thérèse of Lisieux's "The Story of a Soul"

5 Quotes from St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s “The Story of a Soul”

"Somehow a celibate little nun who died at the age of 24 was teaching me to be a kinder wife, a more patient mother, and, most of all, a more faithful Christian."
3 Literary Journals to Feed Your Soul

3 Literary Journals to Feed Your Soul

Catholic authors have to toe a very thin line when trying to write works that will testify to the Catholic experience in art and literature. However, this is difficult when trying to appeal to a secular audience.
5 More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read

5 More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read

Fiction has a savage appeal to authors and readers because they get entertainment out of some character's suffering or unhappiness.
6 Children's Picture Books Perfect for a Catholic Family Bookshelf

6 Children’s Picture Books Perfect for a Catholic Family Bookshelf

One of the many essential tools to teaching our children about the glory and depth of our faith is the picture book.
8 Quotes from Christian Authors about the Importance of Good Fiction

8 Quotes from Christian Authors about the Importance of Good Fiction

Many people undervalue the genre of fiction because fiction is often misconstrued as purely a method of entertainment.
5 Short Stories that Every Catholic should Read

5 Short Stories that Every Catholic should Read

The genre of the short story is a particularly extraordinary human invention.
"A Little Litany" - 6 Stanzas by GK Chesterton On Our Lord and Lady

“A Little Litany” – 6 Stanzas by GK Chesterton On Our Lord and Lady

When God turned back eternity and was young, Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth (As under the low arch the land is bright) Peered through you, gate of heaven—and saw the earth.
6 Literary Quotes: Dostoevsky, Steinbeck, Tolkien and More

6 Literary Quotes: Dostoevsky, Steinbeck, Tolkien and More

“Here I have for once in my life acted sincerely and, well, you all look upon me as a madman.” Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880
14 More Glorious Chesterton Quotes

14 More Glorious Chesterton Quotes

As SPL enjoys this Thanksgiving with friends and family, please enjoy this offering of GK Chesterton quotes.
And 14 More GK Chesterton Quotes

And 14 More GK Chesterton Quotes

“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.”
13 GK Chesterton Quotes

13 GK Chesterton Quotes

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
6 Catholic Thoughts Concerning the "Game of Thrones" Series

6 Catholic Thoughts Concerning the “Game of Thrones” Series

Time Magazine has called George R. R. Martin, "the American Tolkien." His A Song of Ice and Fire series, more commonly referred to as the Game of Thrones series, has broken into the realm few fantasy works do - mainstream America.