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Joshua Bowman

Joshua Bowman joined in full communion with the Catholic Church in 2010 after many years in the spiritual wilderness. He recently moved from his beloved native Virginia to Columbus, Ohio with his growing family and writes on religion, politics, history, and geographical curiosities in these pages and on his personal blog, The Prolix Patriot.

Recent Posts

Vanitas by Philippe de Champaigne, c. 1671

The Last Words of 30 Saints

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we draw our attention to the last things that await beyond the grave. The great feasts of All Saints and All Souls commemorate our beloved dead, but they... More

The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Raphael, 1515

Cast Your Nets

One of the themes to emerge from the debates and discussions surrounding the Synod on the Family is the counter-cultural nature of traditional values. Yuval Levin, writing in First Things, takes up on... More

Amputation being performed in a hospital tent, Gettysburg, July 1863

Lord, Have Mercy

In the Synod on the Family, there is a lot of discussion about mercy. As Pope Francis said a year ago, the Catholic Church is a “field hospital” for sinners. He also said, “In pastoral ministry,... More

Detail from La Pietà by Michelangelo, 1499

What is Love? A Crust for the Critics

Returning to the diabolical trinity from your humble writer's post from last week, we look deeper at the importance of procreation in defining the marital bond. Many people take issue with the Catholi... More

Christ and the Woman of Samaria by Giovanni Lanfranco, c. 1625-8

The Diabolical Trinity: Divorce, Same-Sex Marriage, and Abortion

Catholic media (especially the outlets of a more liberal persuasion) are whipped into a frenzy about the upcoming Synod of the Family. As we draw closer to October 5, there is growing speculation and ... More

Anonymous Portrait of Robert Bellarmine, c. 1600

Robert Bellarmine and Global Warming

In the popular imagination, Galileo was a courageous champion of Science (YAY!) against the corrupt and backwards Catholic Church. (BOOO!) This simplistic view is attractive to people with a natural h... More

Fr. Brian Jordan blesses the World Trade Center cross (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Tree of Life

This coming Sunday we celebrate the great feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, also known as the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in the old calendar. The cross has power even for non-Christians as... More

Big Brother by Frederic Guimont

Five Ways Gay Marriage Affects You Personally–Even If You’re Not Gay or Married

One of the favorite arguments of libertarians and liberals alike when it comes to the debate over redefining the institution of marriage is that when two consenting adults pledge their lives to each o... More

Two flags, cut from the same cloth

Moral Clarity in the Middle East

Today is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe who is also known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary. During the Second World War, Kolbe sheltered many Polish Jews in his friary. In 1941, he was arrest... More

Pope Francis carries the Paschal flame (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

Christ is the Light

Today, we celebrate one of my favorite feasts in the Roman Calendar: the Transfiguration. In the day’s Gospel reading, we see Moses and Elijah appear before the disciples and Jesus turns into a bril... More


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