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Reading Recommendations from the Catholic Imagination Conference

I would like to wrap up my reflections about Fordham’s Catholic Imagination Conference, which are part of Church Life Journal’s discussion of what the “Catholic imagination” is, with the following anecdote: I raised my hand during the conference panel about Catholic poets. I asked the three panelists if they had any advice for a young poet. The group reached a strong consensus with, “Just read everything.” Members of the audience warmly chuckled and affirmed the clear earnestness of this command. As I begin living out this advice I offer the following list of reading recommendations so that those who were not able to attend the conference themselves may read along the weekend’s trains of thought. This list includes works written by the panelists themselves, works that serve as examples of the Catholic imagination at work, and works often referenced in speeches and readings that clearly have served as wellsprings for the imagination. Spill Simmer Falter Wither, by Sara Baume Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity and Literature, by Jill Baumgaertner Diary of a Country Priest, by Georges …

The Single Most Important Thing I Noticed at the Fordham Catholic Imagination Conference

As I mentioned previously in the piece Things I Received at the Fordham Catholic Imagination Conference, at the end of April I was given the opportunity to attend the 2nd Catholic Imagination Conference at Fordham University. The notebook I carried with me from Indiana to New York City was my constant travel companion and confidante. Its pages are scrawled upon generously with every single little tidbit I could scavenge from the weekend. These notes are written in a very particular strain of my handwriting: not in my signature and presentable cursive reserved for thank-you notes, shopping lists, and even most of my lecture notes, but in my slanted, sideways, all-over-the-page chicken scratch that only comes out when I am absolutely desperate to cram ever little morsel of truth onto the page. For those of you who are curious about this conference: I would like nothing more than to sit down with you and show you each page of my notebook, tracing through each and every fascinating thing that I heard and saw. But, in the …