Truth in Fiction

Teaching always involves a curve ball. This past fall I taught “Introduction to Moral Theology and Ethics” at The Catholic University of America. For the first class session, I had my students read a casual but thoughtful blogpost titled “The Ethics of Superheroes.” The blogpost draws...

The World Doesn̵...

I remember when I first fell in love with movies. It was 1989, I was four years old and saw The Little Mermaid. While watching those beautiful ocean scenes wash over the big screen in that now-closed Pittsburgh, PA movie theater, something came alive inside of me. I was suddenly attuned to the...

Book Review: Dive...

As a young mother of a young baby, the opportunity to do something purely for my own entertainment comes around very rarely. On one of those rare opportunities, my husband and I rented a few movies from RedBox and snuggled down on the couch with cups of cocoa and some blessed quiet time. One...

Emotional Discipline...

I’ve never been in a violent or abusive relationship – not physically, emotionally, psychologically, or sexually – and for that I am truly and eternally grateful. But I have been without self-esteem or confidence, I have been desperate, I have been violent towards myself,...

Christ the Uncommon ...

One of the greatest sporting event upsets of all time arguably happened during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York when the United States defeated the Soviet Union for the gold medal in men’s ice hockey. The United States men’s hockey team was comprised of college students...

Into the Woods: A Ca...

The movie points to a basic human fact that is often overlooked: humanity is messy

Why Everyone Should ...

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...

The Dignity of The W...

I enjoyed the movie The Wolf of Wall Street…sort of. Now, before I am put on trial and judged as being a terrible Catholic for such a statement, allow me to explain. Was the movie full of vulgarity and immorality? Absolutely. In fact, I’m having trouble thinking of another mainstream movie...

Fairy Tales, Fantasy...

Growing up, I spent most of my childhood reading, writing, and pretending I lived in fantastical stories. As I got older, I wondered how I could return to the wonderful world of fairyland. Now that I am a mama to a brave knight and princess, I find that I never left. I have come to realize...

John Paul II’s...

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...

Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent Mar27

Seven Inspiring Movi...

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...

Are We a Well Read Culture? Mar10

Are We a Well Read C...

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 very...

25 Days of . . . ?

A short reflection on Christmas Each year since I was a little kid, there were always Christmas movies played on TV in the month of December. This eventually evolved into the “25 Days of Christmas” on a regular network. I remember getting so excited coming home from school to check...

Merry Digital Christ...

As the day of Christ’s birth hurtles towards us, it is definitely easy to get caught up in the spin of things. Retailers, desperate to meet their bottom line and land a huge haul this shopping season, barrage us with seemingly great offers on all kinds of interesting items. Some are...

The Hidden Rebellion

Why would a successful producer with 16 years of high-level experience and an offer to become the lead production manager for one of the most prominent major global media outlets suddenly give his notice? It’s the same reason an award-winning director with a number of projects...

The Skirt that Launc...

My wife blogs about feminine genius and recently wrote a reflection on her year of wearing skirts. Unsurprisingly, at least to me, it provoked some backlash and criticism from a few faithful Catholics. The Pants vs. Skirts war has gone back and forth across the Catholic blogosphere over the...

Redeeming Disney

“I kissed you like the prince, and now you’re all better!” I was sick a few weeks ago, and my three-year-old son tried to make me all better with a kiss. I was, of course, touched that he wanted me to feel better, but more amazed that he really believed that he could do it. He sincerely...

Why I Love M*A*S*H

I have been reading lately how it is bad for the mind to watch TV and that the world’s wealthiest people generally don’t waste their time on the boob tube. For similar reasons I don’t get cable TV. However,  I still get the digital TV stations through the air and do turn on the idiot...

What Are We Holding ...

I was inspired to re-post this article after reading Cristina Montes”s On Spe Salvi and The Lord of the Rings.  I would highly recommend that one read her article first, and then read this as a follow-up meditation. In light of the most recent presidential election, the continued...

On Spe Salvi and The...

I remembered the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy several times while I was reading Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi five years ago.  When someone, upon encouraging me to read the encyclical, recounted to me the encyclical’s treatment of eternal life, death, immortality, and the...

On Saints and Movies

St. Pedro Calungsod, whom I wrote about in my last post, was not the only one who was canonized on October 21, 2012. Also canonized with him were two Americans (St. Marianne Cope and St. Kateri Tekakwitha), a German laywoman named St.Anna Schafer, the martyred French Jesuit St., Jacques...

The Wager for Greate...

All right Frank Weathers, my fellow teufel hunden, I am throwing the gauntlet down.  If you don’t go see Dean Wright’s “For Greater Glory” in a theater, you (in Marine speak) are wrong.  Oh, and for those confused right now, and who don’t know, our dear friend...

There’s Only One God, M’am May31

There’s Only O...

Warning: This post contains specific quotes and plot descriptions from the movie The Avengers.  Those who have not seen the movie and still plan to may want to watch first, read later. Superheroes, villans, new gadgets, and old favorites come together in the latest record-breaking movie,...

The Monks of Tibhirine + Of Gods and Men Apr26

The Monks of Tibhiri...

I have a deep love of Algeria. Which is weird, considering I’ve never visited, never heard much about it, and couldn’t tell you anything besides the fact that it’s in Africa…somewhere (northern border?). But, two of my favorite books have taken place there: Albert...

Logic, Science and History Prevail! Nov03

Logic, Science and H...

I came across an amazing documentary called “180” paralleling the Holocaust and abortion. It is produced by Living Waters, a ministry run by Ray Comfort. Comfort was born a Jew, and, while he still identifies himself as such, is an Evangelical Christian pastor in California....

October Baby: Anothe...

This fall there have actual been a few movies out there that are more than “just ok” These movies make you laugh, cry, and walk away wanting to be a better person.(Courageous, Mighty Macs, to name a few), but this past weekend I was introduced to the movie October Baby. “October Baby”...

Being nun the wiser

With the help of a winky face, Sister Lisa challenged me to reach into the deep end of my spirituality. Her honest and beautiful approach to a recent wedding led to her curiosity of my perspective on the possibility of religious life today. The winky face was for effect. Other than the...

Whatever Is Noble

I finally had the chance to sit down and watch The King’s Speech.  Way before it won all its awards I knew I would like it as it possesses the following qualities:  a plot about royalty (check), British accents (check), period costuming (check), and Colin Firth (check).  All of these...