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On Evangelium Vitae and Star Wars

June 18, AD 2015 0 Comments
On Evangelium Vitae and Star Wars

What was said about history being philosophy teaching by example can also be said of movies. Movies can illustrate philosophy (and even theology) by showing the consequences of following ideas to their logical conclusions. Due to the extent to which people, consciously or unconsciously, turn to movies as their source of principles to guide their […]

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Would Jesus Watch “Game of Thrones?”

May 26, AD 2015 10 Comments
Would Jesus Watch “Game of Thrones?”

The news media briefly turned its attention to the Hit HBO series, “Game of Thrones” last week after US Senator Claire McCaskill (Dem, MO) tweeted that she was done watching the show because of a rape scene that aired on the most recent episode. The news attention to Madam Senator’s comments and controversy it generated […]

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Give Fairy Tales a Chance

April 17, AD 2015 0 Comments
Give Fairy Tales a Chance

Fairy tales (especially princesses and Santa Claus) get a lot of crap. From comments such as, “princesses teach girls that the only way to attain happiness is to find a man” or “telling your kids a fat man in a red suit delivers presents to them is lying” to “these stories don’t present strong, realistic […]

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Truth in Fiction

March 19, AD 2015 3 Comments
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 on the idea of vocation as calling to argue […]

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The World Doesn’t Need Christian Movies

March 17, AD 2015 12 Comments
The World Doesn’t Need Christian Movies

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 vastness of […]

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Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

February 19, AD 2015 1 Comment
Book Review: <i>Divergent</i> by Veronica Roth

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 of […]

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Emotional Discipline (My Recovery From Addiction)

February 14, AD 2015 11 Comments
Emotional Discipline (My Recovery From Addiction)

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, and, most tragically, I have been an addict. It has been […]

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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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