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Michael Mastromatteo is a Toronto-based columnist and book reviewer for Catholic News Service. 
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Like much of Liam Callanan’s fiction, 'When in Rome' hints at the action of divine grace in people’s lives and how the protagonists come to understand and appreciate its beneficence.
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'People Get Ready' tells how an inner-city Boston parish managed to transform itself into a vibrant church community, an experience that Reynolds believes holds lessons for a new understanding of the role of the parish in Catholic ecclesiology.
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In 'Another Kind of Eden,' James Lee Burke offers literary speculations on the presence of evil in a fallen world—a post-Eden existence that nonetheless makes occasional stabs at goodness and light.
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Does Christian literary expression hover as “something between a dead language and a hangover"? Have Catholic artists “ceded the arts to secular society"? In response to what might be considered a literary call to action comes a new book by Joshua Hren.
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In “The Deep Places,” Ross Douthat relates how an experience of illness and suffering can lead to a search for answers to more transcendent questions, including the meaning of suffering and the gift of perseverance.
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In more than two dozen novels, memoirs, travelogues and other writings, the Massachusetts writer Roland Merullo has proved to be an astute observer of the human condition.
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The veteran novelist has an esteemed track record of finely crafted stories that explore the human propensity to sow injury rather than beneficence.
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The stories in Valerie Sayers's new collection are populated with characters who strive to hang on to something good.
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A reader familiar with New York-based Irish American writer Peter Quinn’s work can be forgiven for identifying the novelist with Fintan Dunne, the central character in three of his four period-piece novels.
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Dorothy Day lived a life that today poses significant challenges for just about anyone mindful of the least of our brethren.