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5 Catholic Books For You And Your Teen

November 26, AD2016 1 Comment
5 Catholic Books For You And Your Teen

If you’re on the hunt for Catholic books for you and your teen, here are five to choose from: How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard by Aurora Griffin is an all-inclusive spiritual and practical guide for every young adult leaving the nest for the jungle.  ‘How I Stayed Catholic’ is charmingly seasoned with the author’s […]

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Beauty in Entertainment and God

November 22, AD2016 1 Comment
Beauty in Entertainment and God

Last June, I went to see a movie with my father and my brothers.  This movie was entertainment intended mainly for an audience of children.  Partway into the film, I started to feel uncomfortable due to a few crude jokes added to the movie to make the adults in the audience laugh. That same month, […]

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

November 18, AD2016 4 Comments
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused […]

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Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist

November 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Faith, Doubt, and Analysis Paralysis in The Exorcist

Most stories about exorcism following in the wake of William Peter Blatty’s novel The Exorcist (and its film adaptation) tend to portray the Catholic Church as some sort of Justice League fighting the forces of darkness. They clumsily point to the existence of grotesque demonic forces as proof for God’s existence. Blatty however, shows more sophistication. He […]

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Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

October 13, AD2016 4 Comments
Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

I  recently spoke on the phone with Tara. M. Owens, CSD, MTS, the author of At Play In God’s Creation- an illuminating coloring book. This book is not a fluffy bit of New Age nonsense but based on Tara’s profound grasp of both traditional, Catholic spirituality and human nature. She has learned exactly how to help people be in the […]

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Good Characters in a Culture That Can Only Read Hell

October 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Good Characters in a Culture That Can Only Read Hell

Fr. James Lavelle: I think there’s too much talk about sins and not enough about virtues. Fiona Lavelle: What would be your number one? Fr. James Lavelle: I think forgiveness has been highly underrated. -John Michael McDonagh, Calvary A friend of mine once asked if The Divine Comedy is the greatest achievement in human letters. […]

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The Problems with Christian Film

September 21, AD2016 11 Comments
The Problems with Christian Film

This past August, Maclean’s published an article called “What would Jesus watch? Behold a new era in Christian film,” by Jaime Weinman, in which he says that in 2014, there were more so-called “Christian” films than there were comic book superhero movies. Some of these films were even relatively profitable, such as War Room, which […]

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Sexuality, Reality, and the Sacramental in Knight of Cups

September 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Sexuality, Reality, and the Sacramental in Knight of Cups

  “The artist penetrates the concrete world in order to find at its depths the image of its source, the image of ultimate reality.” Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners A few months ago, I offered a commentary on Terrence Malick’s film To the Wonder, outlining the relationship it depicts between the love of eros and agape, […]

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Fr. Calloway Interview on “Champions of the Rosary”

August 12, AD2016 5 Comments
Fr. Calloway Interview on “Champions of the Rosary”

The rosary is not just for little old church ladies and pious nuns locked up in convents. It’s been prayed by brave soldiers, young martyrs, brilliant scientists, key political figures, and recently, a hopeless hippie drug addict. But the real question is: why should everyone, including and especially you pray the rosary? Fr. Donald Calloway, […]

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Strange Dignity: Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God

July 21, AD2016 7 Comments
Strange Dignity: Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God

Lester Ballard, main character of the novel Child of God, commits murder, necrophilia, sexually harasses women, and is generally considered to be crazy. This being a novel by Cormac McCarthy, the most shocking thing about him is none of these. Rather, it is the suggestion that he might still have dignity, like anybody else, and […]

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Book Review: “Invited” and Interview With Author Stephanie Calis

June 30, AD2016 2 Comments
Book Review: “Invited” and Interview With Author Stephanie Calis

I have one regret about my wedding day. “Invited: The Ultimate Catholic Wedding Planner” penned by Stephanie Calis had not been published then. “Invited” is the one book you need as soon as you become engaged. It is the book you will want to gift your children or best friends or sisters when they get […]

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Jane Austen’s Paradigm: Family As Gospel

June 8, AD2016 3 Comments
Jane Austen’s Paradigm:  Family As Gospel

It is remarkable that for over two centuries now, and in our present time, Jane Austen’s writings are still popular. Why is this so? This question’s answer is profound in its simplicity and truth. Question: Why Why do soldiers in deadly combat enjoy Jane’s writing? (Due to her impact on many who read her and […]

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Book Review: Everyday Sacrament and Interview with Laura Fanucci

June 2, AD2016 2 Comments
Book Review: Everyday Sacrament and Interview with Laura Fanucci

When I saw that the eloquent Laura Fanucci, who blogs at Mothering Spirit, had written a book “Everyday Sacrament” published by Liturgical Press, I had to read it and interview her. “Everyday” is a collection of essays on a mother’s life from infertility to expectancy to birth and beyond with theological reflections on the Sacraments. […]

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New Life/ New Song

May 29, AD2016 2 Comments
New Life/ New Song

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!” ~ Psalm 96:1 In 2012, if someone had said I’d one day be a musician, I probably would’ve politely turned the conversation around. It wasn’t that I was against the idea. (Who hasn’t dreamed of being a big rock star?) Or that […]

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Sexuality without Procreation in The Children of Men

May 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Sexuality without Procreation in The Children of Men

The English author P. D. James is likely best known for her murder mysteries, but especially worthy of discussion is her science fiction story The Children of Men. Set in the near future, there has not been a baby born for twenty-five years. In this story, partly told from the perspective of Theo Faron, a history […]

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Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

May 13, AD2016 4 Comments
Why C.S. Lewis Would Want You to Join a Writing Group

When J.R.R. Tolkien retired from his post at the University of Oxford in 1959, he intended to spend his new-found free time finishing The Silmarillion. Though this book is less well-known than his Lord of the Rings, Tolkien considered it his real work—the work he’d spent decades trying to get back to. One can easily […]

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“We’ll Never Tell Them” Review and Interview with Award Winning Author Fiorella De Maria

May 7, AD2016 0 Comments
“We’ll Never Tell Them” Review and Interview with Award Winning Author Fiorella De Maria

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Ignatius Press’ latest fiction: the award-winning Fiorella de Maria’s “We’ll Never Tell Them.” A novel about a twenty first century nurse from Britain (Kristjana) who runs away to Jerusalem and encounters the story of a Maltese-British woman (Liljana) sounded like an intriguing premise. And it was. With […]

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Encyclicals on Film: To the Wonder

April 27, AD2016 0 Comments
Encyclicals on Film: To the Wonder

One of the more important contemporary filmmakers exploring Catholic themes is the director Terrence Malick. His film The Tree of Life, though not exactly possessing mass cultural influence, has still earned some recognition as being one of the great films to ponder Catholic themes. His most recent film, Knight of Cups, has also been subject […]

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Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

April 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

I’ll admit to being star struck at Mother Angelica’s funeral. Not just at Jim Caviezel, the famous EWTN personalities, or the sturdy pillars of the Church, but at all the future saints who were in attendance; both VIPS and those of us in the nosebleed section. Fr. Joseph Wolfe’s homily emphasized that most of us […]

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Jane Austen Prays

April 11, AD2016 1 Comment
Jane Austen Prays

The primary reason for this article is to make those who do not know of the prayers written by Jane Austen. Below are some links to the full text of her prayers. The comments that follow are mere pedestrian commentary and do not hold a candle to the beauty and sublimity of her prayerful words. […]

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Book Review and Interview with Nancy Carabio Belanger

March 31, AD2016 0 Comments
Book Review and Interview with Nancy Carabio Belanger

  “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good book in the slightest” C.S. Lewis Nancy Carabio Belanger’s latest novel “The Gate” passes the Lewis test. It is a Catholic novel about Joshua Lasko, a smart-alecky middle school boy, whose faith disappears at his father’s death. He meets Pie, a […]

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Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

February 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

The Power of Music Music has such a power to invoke many different kinds of feelings in all of us. It has the power to bring pleasure, happiness, sadness, reflection and a wide range of other emotions and thoughts. Even those who cannot communicate or who are suffering to the point of not being able […]

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Book Review: Is ‘The Kiss of Jesus’ Right for You?

January 9, AD2016 0 Comments
Book Review: Is ‘The Kiss of Jesus’ Right for You?

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s memoir “The Kiss of Jesus” is best categorized as an appropriate Lenten read. It is an honest story of a woman’s difficult, harrowing journey through unfortunate relationships and troubled marriages in an unjust world. Through it all, Ms. Cooper O’Boyle rediscovers and heroically clings to her Catholic faith, and challenges us to […]

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I Hope You Dance

December 22, AD2015 5 Comments
I Hope You Dance

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 25, 2013. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment. Its beautiful message is timeless.] It was a homily I almost missed as the words swirled and my mind wandered this past Sunday, but something caught my ears and pulled me back in. Father […]

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