If you haven’t heard of Hilaire Belloc we highly recommend you pick up one of his books, any of his books (but especially the Four Men). They are all good and they are all Catholic in one way or another. He is an extraordinary writer and has an uncanny ability to explain complicated subjects in a simple manner. He was raised in England by his parents in County Sussex. He has a brilliant mind and like most with brilliant minds he tended to the melancholy side and fought mental demons. There is a cause for his sainthood.
We ran across this article written about Belloc by Father C. John McCloskey in First Things about Belloc and the rise of Islam and what we can do to stop it’s spread. The article is linked below.
Also, we hope you all had a spiritually edifying Ember Wednesday. I am attaching Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth’s homily, from St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Washington DC, for your listening pleasure.