Category: New Media

The ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ Phenomenon

The ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ Phenomenon

[ 1 ] July 14, AD 2014 |

Chances are that if you are on any one of the major social media sites, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I refer to the ‘sorry, not sorry’ or ‘#sorrynotsorry’ phenomenon. But just in case you aren’t familiar with the phrase, folks tend to post it when they feel like they should be sorry about posting […]

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Believe in Jesus, or else…

Believe in Jesus, or else…

[ 5 ] July 5, AD 2014 |

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Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

[ 2 ] June 23, AD 2014 |

I could be very mistaken, but I suspect that the majority of readers here and at other Catholic blogs are somewhat in the choir. If I were to do a survey, then I would bet that our audience here is somewhat like the audience of the active members in parishes. We enjoy our Catholic faith, […]

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Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

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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Someone, Please, Like Me…

Someone, Please, Like Me…

[ 3 ] May 12, AD 2014 |

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be wanted. The world was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.” […]

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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

[ 2 ] May 10, AD 2014 |

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

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If Saints Were Superheroes

If Saints Were Superheroes

[ 3 ] April 26, AD 2014 |

I am a product of our culture. Like it or not, I find myself not only impressed but also convicted by “new expressions” of faith called for in the New Evangelization. Recently, I heard a talk by Fr. Mike Schmitz that I found to be not just a clever example of one such new expression but […]

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

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

[ 0 ] 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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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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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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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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What I Gleaned From Word on Fire’s <em>New Evangelization</em> Series

What I Gleaned From Word on Fire’s New Evangelization Series

[ 14 ] December 19, AD 2013 |

As always Father Robert Barron displays a masterful command of his subject matter in the latest documentary and study from Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. If I’m correct in what I’ve gleaned, he and his crew are fully in tune with the Church’s call to modern Christians. My one concern, however, is that some may lose […]

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Merry Digital Christmas

Merry Digital Christmas

[ 0 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

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 Best (and Worst) Catholic Flash Mobs of All Time

The Best (and Worst) Catholic Flash Mobs of All Time

[ 3 ] November 23, AD 2013 |

Ok, so maybe the title is a bit misleading. Flash mobs only started in 2003 according to wikipedia which makes this “all time” list of Catholic flash mobs really just a 11 year sampling of awesomeness. Regardless, Christmastime seems to be the “flash mob” season ever since this little gem went viral in 2010: Then, […]

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Hidden Light in Syria

Hidden Light in Syria

[ 0 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

The Syrian Civil War has all but disappeared from our news as the American attention-span ran out. We are now more concerned about our healthcare woes than anything else going on outside of the country. Regardless of our attention, the war still rages on. It has claimed at least 120,000 lives and thousands more are […]

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Too Many Photos, Too Few Memories

Too Many Photos, Too Few Memories

[ 3 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

In 2014 it is estimated that 1.5 billion smartphone cameras will take nearly one trillion photos – that’s hundreds of thousands of photos every minute (three thousand in the time it took to read this sentence). Three hundred million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day capturing every poignant, funny, strange, exotic and dull moment, […]

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