I've been gone from this blog for a while, I know. Sorry about that. Among other things I was busy reading a lot.
One trashy thing I devoured during a week when my wife was out of town and I had no one to talk to after tucking in the boys is a thriller novel (what I refer to as airport books since they always sell them in airport bookstores) called "The Third Secret", by Steve Berry. It is a tale of murder and mystery and action, centered on the Vatican and the secrets revealed at Fatima by the Virgin Mary. It's like a thinking man's DaVinci Code, with a lot more actual history, better character development, and a lot less New Age Gnostic speculation (though its essential message is sort of New Age Gnostic).