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Christ the Uncommon King

January 16, AD 2015 3 Comments
Christ the Uncommon King

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 from rival schools. Under coach Herb […]

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Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

January 16, AD 2015 1 Comment
Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

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

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Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

May 30, AD 2014 0 Comments
Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

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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The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

May 9, AD 2014 2 Comments
The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

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 where I have seen […]

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Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

May 8, AD 2014 1 Comment
Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

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 […]

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

April 14, AD 2014 0 Comments
John Paul II’s Legacy Can Help Us Win Back Religious Liberty

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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Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

March 27, AD 2014 4 Comments
Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

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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Are We a Well Read Culture?

March 10, AD 2014 3 Comments
Are We a Well Read Culture?

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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25 Days of . . . ?

December 20, AD 2013 1 Comment
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 the TV Guide (That was […]

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Merry Digital Christmas

December 15, AD 2013 0 Comments
Merry Digital Christmas

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 actually great gifts, others […]

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The Hidden Rebellion

September 20, AD 2013 3 Comments
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 (and–even more time-consuming–a number of kids) would pick up […]

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The Skirt that Launched a Thousand Wars

September 16, AD 2013 21 Comments
The Skirt that Launched a Thousand Wars

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 past few years, with new battles […]

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Redeeming Disney

June 30, AD 2013 20 Comments
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. […]

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Why I Love M*A*S*H

May 18, AD 2013 0 Comments
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 box from […]

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What Are We Holding Onto, Sam?

November 15, AD 2012 5 Comments
What Are We Holding Onto, Sam?

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 shortage of jobs, money, security, and Hurricane Sandy, this country has been low […]

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