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Read the Bible By Going To Mass

October 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Read the Bible By Going To Mass

I remember an impactful talk given by Dr. Scott Hahn in an Atlanta home a little less then a year ago. In it he compared Catholics’ knowledge of the Bible to children’s knowledge of the streets in their hometown, not so much by knowing the street names, but from the memory of walking through them […]

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Les Misérables and the Church Militant

August 3, AD 2016 10 Comments
Les Misérables and the Church Militant

Recently I had the chance to see Les Misérables on Broadway for the second time, and its themes of mercy, redemption, and sacrificial love have been swirling through my mind ever since. It’s no secret that the story, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, is filled with themes that reflect Catholic spirituality. What struck […]

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Detachment

January 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
Detachment

  I recently attended a live performance of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. The cast did an excellent job portraying the well known tale in a new and creative way while remaining diligently faithful to the book. This fidelity to the authentic work allowed for the original themes, the ones that Dickens intended to […]

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1st Louisiana Chesterton Conference

March 17, AD 2015 0 Comments
1st Louisiana Chesterton Conference

About a year ago I was driving through the the small neighboring town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and on a side road along the railroad track was a building with a sign that read, “Chesterton Square.” It didn’t strike me as unusual – that is a common enough name in an English speaking part of the world, […]

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Whatever Isn't Love

June 23, AD 2014 7 Comments
Whatever Isn't Love

I was crying again. Sitting in the semi-darkness, the only light coming from the muted TV. Rocking her, always rocking her. My little 3rd child, the one who smiled at me first. The one who cries and cries when not in arms. The one whose body relaxes as I ease her into the Ergo, heart […]

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If Saints Were Superheroes

April 26, AD 2014 3 Comments
If Saints Were Superheroes

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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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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Lorenzo

August 15, AD 2013 3 Comments
Lorenzo

Lorenzo, a contemporary opera about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, oozes with all the human drama that can be extracted from the life of the saint. Director Nonon Padilla dares potential viewers to come out of the theater with their eyes dry. The project was originally conceptualized as a movie which the actor Christopher […]

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Jesus, Welcome to My Messy Home

July 22, AD 2013 2 Comments
Jesus, Welcome to My Messy Home

“Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to […]

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Shakespeare’s Nativity Scene

December 1, AD 2012 2 Comments
Shakespeare’s Nativity Scene

The works of William Shakespeare abound with the truths of the Catholic faith. Especially in his later plays (often called the “romances”), Shakespeare focuses his poetic imagination on the mysteries of grace, redemption, and resurrection. The results are surprising, strange, and wonderful stories that can do far more than entertain us. When he needed to […]

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Stabat Mater Dolorosa

September 16, AD 2012 8 Comments
Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The celebration of Mary standing at the foot of the cross. The suffering mother of the suffering Servant. It also happened to be the date of the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocese women’s conference that I attended with some friends, where Scott and Kimberly Hahn were the […]

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Leaning Back

April 2, AD 2012 2 Comments
Leaning Back

She leaned back into the soapy water, and we heard “whack!” as her head hit the side of the tub. Screaming ensued. Daddy swooped in, towel in hand, to scoop her up and carry her to her room. Her face, beet red, was still contorted with the ‘cry face’. Crying due to equal parts head […]

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God: He's In Your Bedroom

February 5, AD 2012 13 Comments
God: He's In Your Bedroom

Sex and money. In our abysmal Pre-cana class before getting married, we were told that sex and money are the top two things that newly-weds fight about. They then proceeded to skip over all the virtues and talk about the “love languages” and how those would help us avoid all the sex and money fighting […]

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Don’t Judge Me!

January 17, AD 2012 8 Comments
Don’t Judge Me!

It is the unspoken religious show-stopper. More evil than all evils is this act. What you might ask? A definition is in order: to judge (verb): to make people feel squirmy; to disagree; short for Catholicism. Example: Sam was upset because Julie judged him and said his sweater didn’t match his shoes. Well, of course that is […]

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