Stephen Mirarchi

Stephen Mirarchi (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Assistant Professor of English at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is the author of the annotated editions of Myles Connolly's Mr. Blue, Dan England and the Noonday Devil, and The Bump on Brannigan's Head . His academic work has appeared in Christianity & Literature, Dappled Things, Religion & the Arts, Seminary Journal, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, and others. His journalistic work has been published in the Boston Globe, the National Catholic Register, Crisis, and others.

Stephen Mirarchi

Know Your July 4th Catholics: Charles Carroll

When celebrating Independence Day, take a moment to remember Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737–1832). Though not typically mentioned as a founding father, he might as well have been, given his outstanding contributions. So how many of the following do you know about the pioneering political Catholic? 1. He was the only Catholic signer of the …

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St. Ephrem Was A Mind-Blowing Jedi of Catholic Counter-Cultural Genius

St. Ephrem the Syrian was a master poet, such that the beauty and skill of his Syriac verse is still studied in academic circles. More widely, his poems fill churches throughout the world with his profound, mystical meditations on all aspects of salvation history. St. Ephrem was also an accomplished prose writer, and he had …

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The Popes Want You to Read These Poets—And You’ve Probably Never Heard of Them

The Popes want us to read poetry? Oh yes—and lots of it. You can probably rattle off the big-name poets the pontiffs often mention. Dante Alighieri and his Divine Comedy have been recommended for centuries. The temperamental master often appears in Vatican documents as “the supreme poet” or, as Pope Pius XI put it, the …

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10 Great Reasons to Read Raymond Arroyo’s ‘Will Wilder’ Series

One of the most successful young adult adventure novels of recent times is now a bestselling series. Raymond Arroyo, anchor of EWTN’s The World Over, published Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders in early March. Like its predecessor, Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls, the sequel is a bestseller and has been receiving excellent reviews. As some have …

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Bishop Barron: “We’ve Got to Get in the Front Lines”

April 22, 2017 (Atchison, Kansas)–Bishop Robert Barron was honored Saturday with the Lumen Vitae award from the monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey of Atchison, Kansas. Barron, an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire ministry, accepted the honor at the Kansas monks’ annual Abbot’s Table fundraising event held this year at …

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22 Provocative Spiritual Maxims to Jumpstart Your Prayer Life

Caught up in the day to day business of life? Convinced yourself that “the active life” means that there’s no need for daily, dedicated prayer time? Think a deep, profound interior life isn’t for you? Think again. You need an old-fashioned Irish Cistercian to give you a “come to Jesus” moment. Dom Eugene Boylan’s short …

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24 Thrilling Sci-Fi Masterpieces That Won’t Warp Your Soul

Literary science fiction is more popular than ever. The success of films like The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel, is only helping the genre gain a wider audience. Bishop Barron had positive things to say about the film version of The Martian. Indeed, many folks familiar with their Catechism could find the good, …

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6 Challenging Novels the Popes Want You to Tackle

How’s that reading list coming along? Read any fiction that was aesthetically accomplished, gave you a challenge, and was supportive of your faith? The Popes have consistently recommended such rare books. These novels don’t pander to the audience with feel-good sentimentalism or religious propaganda. Rather, they confront the reader with trials, encourage growth in Christ, …

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9 Eye-Opening Books that Flannery O’Connor Wants You to Read

A master of the short story, Flannery O’Connor’s reputation has only strengthened in the fifty-two years since her death. “The hillbilly Thomist,” as O’Connor wryly dubbed herself, had a remarkably keen intellect, a sharp sense of humor, and little sufferance for those who only pretended to have either. She was, in other words, the last …

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