Category: Entertainment

John Paul II’s Legacy Can Help Us Win Back Religious Liberty

John Paul II’s Legacy Can Help Us Win Back Religious Liberty

[ 4 ] April 14, AD 2014 |

The continuous setbacks and attacks on religious liberty that plague men and women of faith in the United States and across the world require responses and actions that not only are intellectually convincing, but also require the engagement of media in creative, engaging, and “culture-ready” ways. With the canonization of John Paul the Great in the immediate […]

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Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

[ 0 ] April 12, AD 2014 |

Brandon Vogt has written a masterpiece in Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (OSV, May 2014). Brandon’s writing and theological talents have been sharpened to the tenth degree with Saint-master  mentor, Bert Ghezzi (author of Voices of the Saints) and Word on Fire powerhouses Steve Grunow and Father Robert Barron in […]

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Witnessing to the World

Witnessing to the World

[ 3 ] March 29, AD 2014 |

With the call to the new evangelisation, how do we pass on the faith in today’s world? In his 2014 Message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis asks “How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter?” The answer: faith is caught. Our interactions with others, the pope says, “need […]

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A Different Take on Singing Italian Sister Cristina Sciuccia

A Different Take on Singing Italian Sister Cristina Sciuccia

[ 11 ] March 28, AD 2014 |

By now everyone has seen the Italian Ursuline Sister, Cristina Sciuccia, on the Italian show equivalent of “The Voice.” Go here if you need a refresher. Everyone seems to have voiced his or her opinion in a combox or bloggers in their own blog. I’m fine with most of them but I haven’t heard anyone […]

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Music you should be listening to: an interview with the lead singer of The Hope and Justin Band

Music you should be listening to: an interview with the lead singer of The Hope and Justin Band

[ 2 ] March 28, AD 2014 |

Discovering a new-to-me musician is such a great feeling. I am a music lover, and I love all genres, but I have a special love for bands with an indie sound, like The Head and the Heart. Kind of folksy, kind of bluegrassy, sometimes slow and beautiful and sometimes clappy, stompy, sing-a-long, with lots of […]

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Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

[ 4 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

Lent is a great time to be inspired. If you haven’t given up your television, laptop, media, or internet, try and find one or more of these titles. Watch, pray, be inspired. The Way – Currently on Netflix and Amazon Prime (March 2014) (Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez) A deeply Catholic movie. Tom (Martin Sheen) finds […]

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‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

[ 0 ] March 14, AD 2014 |

A Book Review on Scott Hahn’s “Consuming the Word” I have always enjoyed Scott Hahn’s writing style. He makes theology personal and relatable. Almost anyone can pick up one of his short books and get an awful lot out of them. Depending on where one is on his or her faith journey would determine the […]

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Hear the Gospel in Spoken Word Every Sunday

Hear the Gospel in Spoken Word Every Sunday

[ 1 ] March 13, AD 2014 |

There is great power in words, especially words laced with passion and creativity. For today’s world, the art of Spoken Word is equivalent to the modern parable in that it has the ability to reach people, especially young people, in ways homilies and regular catechesis cannot. For that reason, I am very happy to announce […]

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Are We a Well Read Culture?

Are We a Well Read Culture?

[ 3 ] March 10, AD 2014 |

Two years ago when the first Hunger Games movie was released, I wanted to be in the know because all my friends were talking about the books and movie. Consequently, I wanted to read the first book before seeing the film. I read the first of Suzanne Collins trilogy which I found to be a […]

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Romancing the Religion

Romancing the Religion

[ 2 ] February 3, AD 2014 |

Forgive the (now somewhat dated) reference to the 80s movie, Romancing the Stone. In his latest book, Fr. Dwight Longenecker seeks to romance something even more valuable than a precious green jewel. The Romance of Religion seems like a strange title, at first blush. “What,” after all, “is so romantic about religion?” Religion seems like the hidebound […]

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Book Review: <i>Go in Peace</i> by Pope John Paul II

Book Review: Go in Peace by Pope John Paul II

[ 0 ] January 29, AD 2014 |

One night I had a lot of questions about life and serving others. I felt like I wasn’t doing enough, or that I wasn’t doing it right. I felt like I was wandering with no direction, and didn’t trust God to let Him take control. That night was not fun–so I picked up a book I […]

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Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

Treason, Good Catholic Historical Fiction

[ 5 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

I got a neat book for Christmas called Treason, published by Sophia Institute Press and written by Dena Hunt. I was doubly interested in this book: first because I love historical fiction, especially one with a Catholic milieu, and second because I am slowly working on my own historical fiction book about the “schism” of AD […]

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Seeking the Truth Amidst Satirical Sites

Seeking the Truth Amidst Satirical Sites

[ 0 ] January 1, AD 2014 |

The article posted on the Diversity Chronicle blog stating that Pope Francis, during a supposed Third Vatican Council, condemned racism and declared all religions to be the same, is a satire. Those of us with a rudimentary knowledge of how the Catholic Church works know that the story is false. How do we counteract the […]

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God is the Artist

God is the Artist

[ 0 ] December 31, AD 2013 |

This was adapted from a longer version of the post which can be found here. God is King–but he is also Master Artist, and He makes no mistakes. We’ve forgotten how to see that in relation to our own lives and appearance. It’s difficult to treat ourselves ourselves with the dignity that Christ saw when […]

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Masterpieces upon this Transient Earth

Masterpieces upon this Transient Earth

[ 0 ] December 31, AD 2013 |

Sometimes things that I see or read just speak to me. I cannot say why at the moment. As my cousin, a photographer and independent filmmaker, would say, they come together “behind my head.” Without fully understanding it on a logical level, somehow something in my heart seizes upon it and says, “This is important. […]

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Book Review: <i>Breakfast in Bethlehem</i>

Book Review: Breakfast in Bethlehem

[ 0 ] December 21, AD 2013 |

This is a heartwarming children’s book, but it will make readers of any age feel closer to the birth of our Savior. In 40 pages, Edward Looney crafted a story giving a message that does good to the soul: Christmas is about Baby Jesus. It’s about going with the Holy Family as they journey through […]

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