Fr. John Cush

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5 More Works of Classic Fiction That You Should Know

I promise that this is my last book recommendation list, at least for a while! Beginning next week, I will get back into more depth on specific theological and spiritual topics — although I must admit that I will miss writing these lists. They...

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5 Works of Classic Fiction That You Should Know

One of the seminarians whom I teach came to me recently and said, half-joking, “I think I will scream if you write one more book list for the Register!” Yes, I realize that I have done a healthy amount of book recommendations in the past few...

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5 More Good Catholic Novels That I Recommend

In my last article, I suggested five Catholic novels for your reading, ones that have made an impact in my life. I was very grateful for the response of so many readers suggesting several other books. Keep in mind the definition of a “Catholic...

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5 Catholic Novels That I Love

One of the seminal intellectual and spiritual moments in my life was when I was a college seminarian in the 1990s studying at Saint John’s University in New York. I was enrolled in a philosophy class, taught by Fr. Robert Lauder, a professor at...

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5 More Classics of Catholic Spirituality for Your Library

In my last piece, I mentioned that I would suggest 10 good Catholic books that might be good additions to one’s library. The first five mentioned were rather diverse, with titles from Doctors of the Church like Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, Saint...

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5 Great Books of Catholic Spirituality to Have in Your Library

In my last article, I promised to suggest 10 great books to have in your personal library to aid your spiritual life. I have to admit that the composition of this list was so much harder than I had expected. My criteria for these suggestions was...

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10 More Good Basic Books for Theology

I was at the reception for our recently ordained transitional deacons here at the Pontifical North American College and I was introduced to one of the guests of a new deacon. This fine lady, visiting Rome from the United States, surprised me when...

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Why Do You Want to Hide Away Your Cross?

For five very happy years, I was assigned to a great parish in Queens, New York — Saint Helen’s, built in 1979. Like many things build in the 1970s, myself included, it is very much a product of its day. Since I have left the parish, there have...

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5 More Reasons to Read and Love the Fathers of the Church

Previously, I have offered some reasons why we, as those in the Church who want to know our faith better, should get to know the lives and the writings of the Fathers of the Church. I presented the first five reasons in this article, and now I...

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5 Reasons to Read and Love the Fathers of the Church

In my last article, I urged us to come to a greater appreciation of the Fathers of the Church and I suggested some fine books on how to read and understand these great friends of God from the Apostolic and Post-Apostolic age. You might recall...