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Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

December 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
Strangers at the Manger: Children’s Book Review

I don’t know about you, but I need a little Christmas magic right now. Let’s take a little trip to Advent and Christmas with Lisa Hendey’s book, The Strangers at the Manger. I guess I didn’t read the description of this book too closely as I got it hoping to read it to my son. […]

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The Hipster Nativity Set

December 6, AD 2016 8 Comments
The Hipster Nativity Set

As a child, one of my favorite things about Christmas was the Nativity scenes. From the teeny-tiny one on my family’s home altar to the life-sized diorama at the Church of St. Alphonsus, carvings of the Holy Family brought the story of the Incarnation to life. This morning I awoke to the sight of a […]

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Formation in Faery

November 29, AD 2016 1 Comment
Formation in Faery

Imagination is twofold, retentive (reproductive) and creative (productive). The object of the first is a sensible reality, which we have previously perceived as such. The creative forms its object by combining elements which were separately perceived. The analysis of the creative imagination is of considerable importance for the psychology of invention, and of artistic and […]

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Writers, Keep Writing

November 25, AD 2016 1 Comment
Writers, Keep Writing

I saw a funny meme about writing, which said, “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet”: Vanity of all vanities Writing certainly seems like it takes a lot of self-discipline and effort. I type out all my articles and they never get written down so, being at the […]

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Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

November 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

In this technology-saturated world, Teresa Tomeo speaks from personal experience and candid observation on what we all need to do to be better followers of Christ. It all stemmed from a trip to Italy. While seeing the sights, she couldn’t help but notice a couple of young people absorbed by their phones. What true reality […]

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Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

November 18, AD 2016 1 Comment
Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and The Church. Kinda says it all, doesn’t it? In this book a group of distinguished, faithful, Catholic women scholars take Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women and run with it. They reflect on what such a theology would look like and where […]

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A Review of At Play in God’s Creation: An Illuminating Coloring Book

November 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
A Review of At Play in God’s Creation: An Illuminating Coloring Book

I jumped at the chance to review AT PLAY IN GOD’S CREATION: AN ILLUMINATING COLORING BOOK, because as the kid in all of us knows, nothing soothes quite like taking some crayons/markers/colored pencils to paper. Yet, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this coloring book is so much more than the child-like therapy we originally think […]

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Read the Bible By Going To Mass

October 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Read the Bible By Going To Mass

I remember an impactful talk given by Dr. Scott Hahn in an Atlanta home a little less then a year ago. In it he compared Catholics’ knowledge of the Bible to children’s knowledge of the streets in their hometown, not so much by knowing the street names, but from the memory of walking through them […]

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Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

October 12, AD 2016 1 Comment
Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

I am not an avid fiction reader. If I’m lucky I make my way through one or two novels a year. More often than not my nose can be found in theological texts, most likely Mariological in nature. My reading of novels might make an increase as I recently discovered the wonders of Audible and […]

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Book Review: Particles of Faith

October 11, AD 2016 8 Comments
Book Review: Particles of Faith

Particles of Faith, by Stacy Trasancos, is a must-read for Catholics (and others of good faith) who are weary of the vitriol in the faith-science dialogue. What follows is my review of this book. Disclaimer: I have received no compensation for the following review, save only for an advance copy of the book. As in […]

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Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God

August 23, AD 2016 3 Comments
Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God

I listen to a lot of music—from great Catholic artists like Matt Maher and Audrey Assad to classic rock to punk rock to alternative to country to everything in between. Generally, when I wish to feel close to God or get myself into a meditative/prayerful mood, I listen to Catholic Christian music, but every so […]

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Les Misérables and the Church Militant

August 3, AD 2016 10 Comments
Les Misérables and the Church Militant

Recently I had the chance to see Les Misérables on Broadway for the second time, and its themes of mercy, redemption, and sacrificial love have been swirling through my mind ever since. It’s no secret that the story, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is filled with themes that reflect Catholic spirituality. What struck […]

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Must-Read Book: The Four Keys to Everlasting Love

July 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Must-Read Book: The Four Keys to Everlasting Love

If you are engaged or married, married for a short time or married for a long time, fallen away from the faith or have your doctorate in theology, whatever your state in married life, The Four Keys to Everlasting Love by Karee and Manuel Santos will enrich your married life and life in general. The […]

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Our Beautiful New Church

June 9, AD 2016 0 Comments
Our Beautiful New Church

Last year, I wrote about how excited I was for the construction of our new parish church. Now, I am very happy that the construction of the church has been finished and the new church is as beautiful as I expected it to be. As I attended Mass for the first time in the finished […]

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Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

May 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

  (The article below contains a few minor spoilers. Continue only if you don’t mind or have already seen the film!) Yet another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet again stores and the Internet are bursting with promotional materials. It seems that nearly everywhere we turn we come across another image of Captain […]

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