If a Christian were asked to point to the books in American literature that portray a good Christian - someone of whom one might say, "yes, that is a portrait; that is the sort of soul I aspire to be" - there are no better portraits than those in the novels of Willa Cather, and few competitors.
It is not possible within the scope of this presentation to give an historical account of the origins of the Catholic Intellectual Renaissance and its influence on modern thought.
Alice Taylor is one of Ireland's best-kept secrets. Although the fifty-eight-year-old housewife from County Cork is well known in her own country as the author of To School Through the Fields, the best-selling book in Ireland's history, most Americans have never heard of her or of her runaway bestseller.
Then I baptized him, and the next day I brought him Communion. It was just a few days later that he died. He seemed very much at peace, and he would say, `Now I'm in the fold.'