Posts by Grace Brooks

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Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

I don’t know many languages, but in each one, there are words that I wish we had in English. The same is true in different dialects (for instance, I’m…

Sep 07, 2014
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Disturbing Legends: Behind the Wisconsin Stabbing

Just when you think you’ve heard everything, there’s a new story in the news to shock you. One week ago, two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls, Morgan Geyser…

Jun 07, 2014
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Our Mother Mary

What is it about a sixth-century saint that makes her so relevant to our lives today? How is it that an illiterate woman who lived most of her life in…

Apr 01, 2014
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St. Valentine: The Most Famous Saint You Never Knew

Question: Quick, what day is it? Answer: Are you KIDDING??? Even in our very secularized culture, there’s one saint’s day no one is likely to forget:…

Feb 13, 2014
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The Other White-Bearded December Saint

“American Christianity desperately needs the witness of St. Herman, for the American way of life is so radically opposed in so many ways to the life…

Dec 12, 2013
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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

What are you, kidding me with this? All right, I don’t want to sound like a grump or anything, but when I was growing up, the holidays made a lot…

Nov 05, 2013
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Melting Down, Hollywood Style

No one does disasters like Hollywood. (Quick case in point: Giant comet hits the earth in 1998’s Deep Impact, below.) But what happens when the disaster…

Jul 22, 2013
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Hospitals and humanity

My husband’s recent trip to the emergency room seemed like a kind of parable to me. Or maybe I was just looking for parables, rather than wanting…

Jun 03, 2013
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