Category: Entertainment

The ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ Phenomenon

The ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ Phenomenon

[ 1 ] July 14, AD 2014 |

Chances are that if you are on any one of the major social media sites, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I refer to the ‘sorry, not sorry’ or ‘#sorrynotsorry’ phenomenon. But just in case you aren’t familiar with the phrase, folks tend to post it when they feel like they should be sorry about posting […]

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Believe in Jesus, or else…

Believe in Jesus, or else…

[ 5 ] July 5, AD 2014 |

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Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

[ 4 ] July 4, AD 2014 |

Vocations in the Entitlement Society In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That works wonderfully as a tweet or Facebook status, it is short and sounds nice. Yet, the problem with only looking at one part of the chapter leads the reader to take […]

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The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

The Little Ones, the Hidden Ones, the Saints

[ 3 ] June 30, AD 2014 |

Somber. Quiet. Reflective. These are some of the feelings that marked last weekend’s centennial commemoration of the start of World War I. Although the historical causes are complex, this much is true: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated by a Serbian nationalist, Gavrilo Princip, one hundred years ago on June 28th, 1914. From this […]

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Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s <em>The Wizard Knight</em>

Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s The Wizard Knight

[ 3 ] June 24, AD 2014 |

An entertaining book might be enjoyed on the first reading, but discarded after the second. A good book, on the other hand, gets better after the second reading, and a great one never grows old no matter how ancient. One might learn more upon the fiftieth reading of Plato’s Republic than from the first or […]

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Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

[ 2 ] June 23, AD 2014 |

I could be very mistaken, but I suspect that the majority of readers here and at other Catholic blogs are somewhat in the choir. If I were to do a survey, then I would bet that our audience here is somewhat like the audience of the active members in parishes. We enjoy our Catholic faith, […]

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My Dream Has Come True

My Dream Has Come True

[ 2 ] June 18, AD 2014 |

If 10 years ago you were to have told me I would be a Christian, I would not have believed you. If five years ago you were to have told me I would be a Catholic, I might have puked. If on the day of my confirmation to the Catholic Church you were to have […]

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Book Review: <i>Partners in Holiness</i> by Melaine Ryther

Book Review: Partners in Holiness by Melaine Ryther

[ 1 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Goodreads | Amazon Partners in Holiness is a poignant book telling us little-known stories about saints and how their angels guided them. It is a powerful reminder of how our Guardian Angels are ever-present, helping us in times of trouble. We can’t see these friends, and usually forget their presence. The book opened my eyes […]

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Five Books That Changed My Life

Five Books That Changed My Life

[ 16 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Books come into our lives at different times for different purposes, sort of like friends. And like friends, some have a great impact and stay with you forever. Here is a list of five books (aside from Sacred Scripture) that have changed my life. It is not a reflection of the five best books out there, […]

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Busy Mystic

Busy Mystic

[ 2 ] June 9, AD 2014 |

I turn away with an ineffable sense of loss, From the overwhelming presence of the thunderous Dove To the silence of Monday morning push and shove. But then amid the rush and rumble and toss, In traffic, the grocery line, or while arguing with my boss I pause; and looking up I see above My […]

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The “Wow” Factor

The “Wow” Factor

[ 2 ] June 7, AD 2014 |

Before my wife and I canceled our cable, we were BIG fans of America’s Got Talent (AGT). Having watched every episode since its inception, I’d consider myself a pro when it comes to judging talent from my sofa. In fact, I’m one mouse click away from sending in my application to replace Howie Mandel, but […]

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Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

[ 3 ] June 3, AD 2014 |

Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press, 168 pages, $15.95) Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Loyola Press for my honest review. Accessible, humorous, earnest, and faithful are all words I would use to describe the latest book by Joe Paprocki, a national consultant […]

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Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

After watching Disney’s extremely popular and highly controversial Frozen for the third time last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone- bloggers, movie reviewers, and Facebook moms included- needs to just “cool” down, take a step back, and examine why this movie has had so much opinionated hype swirling around it in the first […]

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Is Water Boring?

Is Water Boring?

[ 2 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

“Water is so ordinary it’s boring.” I said that the other day. I was tired of hearing the refrain from “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie,” and in my tiredness, I was not thinking like a Theology major. My roommate (who, it so happens, is not a Theology major), brought me back to earth by asking: […]

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Pope John Paul II’s <I>Letter to Artists</i>

Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Artists

[ 0 ] May 20, AD 2014 |

Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to artists, which I knew about but hadn’t read till recently. I feel like he has read my mind–or he simply put into words what I’ve felt all this time when practicing my craft. He is taking seriously the concept of art used to glorify God. He acknowledges the […]

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Someone, Please, Like Me…

Someone, Please, Like Me…

[ 3 ] May 12, AD 2014 |

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be wanted. The world was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.” […]

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