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Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

August 15, AD 2017 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

[Caution: spoilers ahead] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a moving paean to fatherhood. The entire movie centers around Henry Turner’s quest to release his father Will from a curse damning him to eternal servitude on The Flying Dutchman. The movie opens with 12-year-old Henry locating the sunken ship which holds […]

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The Joy and Dignity of Work

July 18, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Joy and Dignity of Work

No man is born into the world whose work is not born with him. – James Russell Lowell, poet Ultimately, we all have to decide for ourselves what constitutes failure. But the world is quite eager to give you a set of criteria if you let it. [F]ailure means a stripping away of the inessential. […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

July 11, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

The Jungle Book (2016) is a masterful adaptation of Kipling’s book, paying due homage to the classic Disney film with its meshing of the familiar soundtrack with exquisitely-rendered new visuals. It is also a tale of growing up in a dangerous world, of fulfilling one’s telos or true end, and of choosing to practice virtue […]

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Of Mountains and Molehills

June 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
Of Mountains and Molehills

One of my favorite throwaway phrases is “first world problems.” It never fails to make me laugh. Whether it’s my sister and a friend complaining about having to replace the batteries in her battery-operated wine opener, or my friends and I griping about too many fashion images and not enough fitness pins in our Pinterest […]

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The Value of Almost Losing My Vision

June 14, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Value of Almost Losing My Vision

I just went through a difficult time. As I sat there closing one eye, then opening it while closing the other, going back and forth looking through each one, I thought that maybe the reason why there seemed to be a dark blotch covering half the view of my left eye was because I was […]

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Divorce Affected Me, Even Though It Wasn’t Supposed To

June 12, AD 2017 6 Comments
Divorce Affected Me, Even Though It Wasn’t Supposed To

Guest post by Anonymous I was seven when my entire world changed. The life I knew, the life I thought was coming. Gone. You may be thinking… gosh, what kind of awful tragedy happened to this girl? Abuse? Tragic accident? Death of a loved one? Abandonment? Terrible medical diagnosis? None of those. Divorce. My parents separated. And divorced. Their marriage ended. A […]

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Impossible Causes

May 30, AD 2017 0 Comments
Impossible Causes

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” —Luke 1:37 St. Rita of Cascia is the patron saint of impossible causes. During her life, St. Rita faced countless situations that seemed hopeless and impossible. As a girl, her desire was to enter the convent, but instead she was forced to enter an arranged marriage with an […]

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Whatever you did for the least of these…

April 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
Whatever you did for the least of these…

Someone told me a few weeks ago, in the middle of a martial arts related discussion, “I think that stuff is cool, but I don’t do martial arts. I am a lover, not a fighter.” It is no exaggeration to say that I have been thinking about that pretty exhaustively ever since. I have been […]

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The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

April 11, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

In the Martin Scorsese film Silence, based on the book by Shūsaku Endō, the Jesuit protagonists face a terrible choice: to renounce their faith and trample on the image of Christ, or to let their flock of Japanese faithful suffer torture and death. In saving their flock in the temporal realm, did they not risk […]

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A Conversation with Jesus

March 19, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Conversation with Jesus

This has been a rough week for our family. On Wednesday our daughter, Evie, had a series of six seizures for no apparent reason. She had been having a run-of-the-mill case of viral gastroenteritis, it seemed, without even a high fever, and then suddenly she was seizing. Neither we, nor the paramedics, nor the ER staff, […]

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Sin, Slavery, and Identity

March 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
Sin, Slavery, and Identity

“Abuse (and the trauma that results from it) causes not only the anxiety of meaninglessness and the anxiety of guilt, but also the anxiety of non-being. …mind-control is the perfect metaphor for emotional abuse. Maybe it’s because the human will is so core to what it means to be, that if you take it away—whether […]

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Healer of Souls

February 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Healer of Souls

Over the past week, the Gospel readings have contained many scenes of healing from Jesus’s public ministry. We know that Jesus performed many miraculous healings during His life and continues to do so today. The healing springs of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast we celebrated on Saturday, have brought about countless healings that have […]

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Trust and Truth

February 14, AD 2017 1 Comment
Trust and Truth

Sometimes, when one hears of a poor fellow being scammed, losing his savings to a nonexistent online girlfriend, or wasting thousands on damaging psychobabble seminars, one wonders—how could he have believed such an incredulous thing? Trust is the bedrock of human society—every time we have a conversation with a friend, conduct business, or worship, we […]

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Let Yourself Be Moved

January 24, AD 2017 0 Comments
Let Yourself Be Moved

Every January, pro-life marches and events are held across the country. We talk about abortion in our parishes and homes, and we eagerly attend special Masses that are held to pray for the sanctity of all human life. We look at the adorable babies in our midst and, spurred on by a passion for life, […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 3 Comments
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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