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Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

October 12, AD 2016 1 Comment
Spiritual Truths in “The Girl on the Train”

I am not an avid fiction reader. If I’m lucky I make my way through one or two novels a year. More often than not my nose can be found in theological texts, most likely Mariological in nature. My reading of novels might make an increase as I recently discovered the wonders of Audible and […]

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Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

May 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Thoughts on Captain America: Civil War

  (The article below contains a few minor spoilers. Continue only if you don’t mind or have already seen the film!) Yet another installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and yet again stores and the Internet are bursting with promotional materials. It seems that nearly everywhere we turn we come across another image of Captain […]

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Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

February 29, AD 2016 0 Comments
Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

Every Lent and Easter brings up movie adaptations of Jesus’ life, and this year’s new installment is Risen, produced by Sony’s Affirm Films faith-based division. Recently I was able to attend a premiere screening of Risen at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City. A roundtable discussion afterwards with the star, […]

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The Force of Mercy

January 18, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Force of Mercy

About a week ago, I joined the cool kids club and got to see The Force Awakens in theaters.  It was a fantastic movie, and because I just finished reading a dissertation on John Paul II, there were a lot of really intense philosophical and theological ideas bouncing around my brain as I tried to […]

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Faith and Femininity in Disney’s Tangled

January 5, AD 2016 4 Comments
Faith and Femininity in Disney’s Tangled

As a father of three girls all under the age of five, I see my fair share of princess tales.  To be perfectly honest, most of them don’t really stick with me, a lot of it is forgettable, and a lot of it makes me wish it was forgettable.  However, on a recent car trip, […]

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7 Websites Every Catholic Should Visit

September 29, AD 2015 9 Comments
7 Websites Every Catholic Should Visit

There are many great Catholic websites on the web, but have you heard of these seven?  1. Tiny Saints These pocket size little caricatures are the perfect accessory to any Catholic. They”re hip, they”re cool, and they”re “pretty much the coolest saint charms ever.” Wear as a necklace, put on your keychain, tag on your dog”s […]

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Rocky Balboa, John’s Gospel, and the New Evangelization

July 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Rocky Balboa, John’s Gospel, and the New Evangelization

“The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place…it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.” These words were uttered by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky Balboa, a final chapter to the famous Rocky movies. Balboa is speaking these words to his grown […]

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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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