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Michael Novak
Michael Novak is the author of numerous books on religion, philosophy, and politics. His latest is his memoir, Writing from Left to Right.

Entries by Michael Novak

125 Years Later: The Johnstown Flood (May 31, 1889)

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 1:53 PM

In my hobbyist's studies of the Johnstown Flood during the past fifty years, one of the episodes that has most surprised me is the beauty of the day before, May 30, and the unusually lively Memorial Day celebration, with hundreds of visitors in town, including the regional convention of the...

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The Iron Lady I Knew Was Bendable

(16) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 5:15 PM

One evening during the end of Lady Thatcher's long run as Prime Minister, my wife Karen and I had dinner with her and Dennis at the mountain condo of mutual friends in Vail, Colorado. It was an intimate dinner, three couples in all, when just before dinner was called we...

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Why the Name Francis?

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 3:20 PM

The new Pope is already famous for two funny jabs.

His first was in introducing himself to the world for the first time (my paraphrase of the Italian). "The cardinals meet in Rome to choose a new pope. This time they went to the end of the world to find...

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What the Choice of Francis Means

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 11:30 AM

The new pope has chosen the name "Francis." Francis (1180-1225) was a rich young man who lived out a quite dissolute youth, before God finally caught up to him and seized his heart. Francis chose a life of poverty and prayer. He is one of the two most loved saints...

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Get Ready for Catholicism 2.0

(13) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 7:56 AM

George Weigel is one of the pre-eminent commentators on Catholicism today, and author of, among others, a bestselling biography of Pope John Paul II. Weigel recently published Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century (and excerpted exclusively in the Huffington Post here).


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Benedict: The Quiet Pope, the Scholar

(109) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 3:52 PM

He didn't face an Italy being overrun by outside invaders as Leo the Great (440-461) and Gregory the Great (590-604) did -- or as John Paul the Great (1978-2005) did with the ugly Iron Curtain that walled him from the West during the years of his youth.

The conditions weren't...

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The Myth of Romantic Love

(92) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Adapted from Michael Novak's book The Myth of Romantic Love.

We Westerners have come to think that the central fire of human happiness is romantic love, love forever and ever (love "happily ever after"). The romantic couple walking hand in hand across the fields toward the sunlight.


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