Literature: Touching on Truth

with Fr. Conrad Murphy

Love and sacrifice are common literary themes that present truth in a new and beautiful way. Literature allows the reader to confront questions of the heart and develop a deeper understanding of the human experience. These themes are central in the spiritual life and offer an opportunity to touch truth beyond religion textbooks.

Further Resources:

  1. Online:  The “1,000 Good Books List”
  2. Book:  Bloom, Harold.  The Western Canon: The Books and Schools of the Ages, 1995.  — not a specifically Catholic author, but a valuable book nonetheless.
  3. Books recommended on the podcast episode:
    1. Specifically Catholic:
      1. Greene, Graham.  End of the Affair, 1951.
      2. Undset, Sigrid.  Kristin Lavransdatter, 1920.
    2. Non-Catholic:
      1. Dickens, Charles.  Bleak House, 1852-53.
      2. MacDonald, George.  The Princess and Curdie, 1883.
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Fr. Conrad Murphy is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and the chaplain of the University of Maryland Catholic Student Center (Go Terps!).  He has a License in Moral Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome. He loves obscure saints, papal history, and every type of ice cream imaginable.