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Ron Hansen on the Eucharist

Can storytelling become a sacramental encounter? Ron Hansen (1947-), an American novelist, essayist, and university professor, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, earned a B.A. in English at Creighton University (1970), an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop (1974), and an M.A. in Spirituality from Santa Clara University (1995), where he presently teaches fiction and screenwriting […]


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J. F. Powers on the Eucharist

An astute observer of Catholicism in post-World War II America, what did author J.F. Powers see in the priesthood and the Eucharist? James Farl Powers (1917-99), an American novelist and short story writer, was born in Jacksonville, Illinois and studied English and philosophy first at Wright Junior College and later at Northwestern University in Chicago. […]

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Rumer Godden on the Eucharist

Rumer Godden, one of the 20th century’s great literary figures, converted to Catholicism while writing a novel about monastic life of a group of Benedictine Nuns living through the changes of the Second Vatican Council. What eucharistic insights can we gain from her extraordinary work? Rumer Godden (1907-98) was born in Sussex, England but spent […]

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Walker Percy on the Eucharist

A medical doctor, novelist, and convert to Catholicism, Walker Percy brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to his literature. How did all of this shape his understanding of the Eucharist? Walker Percy (1916-90), an American philosopher, philologist, and novelist was born in Birmingham, Alabama just before the start of the First World War. His […]

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Graham Greene on the Eucharist

What do three powerful stories about the priesthood and the Eucharist reveal about Graham Greene’s sacramental worldview? Graham Greene (1904-91), one of the leading English novelists of his generation, was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, studied at Berkhamsted School, where his father taught and later became headmaster, and went on to graduate from Balliol College, Oxford […]

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Charles Williams on the Eucharist

What might romantic love tell us about the Eucharist and our relationship with God? Charles Williams (1886-1945), a prolific lecturer, poet, playwright, novelist, biographer, literary critic, and lay theologian was born in London and studied at Saint Albans School and University College, London. He joined the staff of Oxford University Press at the age of […]

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C. S. Lewis on the Eucharist

How did the beloved author C.S. Lewis understand the mystery of the Eucharist? Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a British scholar and lay theologian known for his studies in Medieval and Renaissance literature, his popular expositions of the Christian faith, his Perelandra space trilogy, and his famous Narnia tales. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, his […]

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Caryll Houselander on the Eucharist

Through her own struggles with the Catholic Church in her day Caryll Houselander found a deeper relationship with Christ in the Eucharist. What might her experience offer us today? Frances Caryll Houselander (1901-1954), a British Catholic author, artist, poet, visionary, and mystic, wrote a number of popular books during her lifetime that had a deep […]

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Flannery O’Connor on the Eucharist

The Catholicism of the great twentieth century author Flannery O’Connor is well documented, but what can we glean of her eucharistic theology? Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), one of the prominent American fiction writers of the twentieth century, was born in Savannah, Georgia to devout Catholic parents. In 1938, her family moved to Milledgeville in central Georgia. […]

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J. R. R. Tolkien on the Eucharist

J. R. R. Tolkien’s vivid imagination and creative literary powers were surpassed only by his deep, heartfelt Catholic faith. His love for the Eucharist connected him to his convert mother and ignited his hope for an imperfect world. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was professor of Anglo Saxon at the University of Oxford and the […]

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