Category Archives: Culture

James Martin Shows the Importance of the Pope’s Encyclical in Ten Ways

Some readers know that I am a big fan of James Martin, the best-selling Jesuit author who is one of our most powerful Christian communicators today. Fr. Martin summarizes, in this short video, why the new papal encyclical is so … Continue reading

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The Pope’s Controversial Encyclical

Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home, the much-discussed encyclical of Pope Francis on human care for the creation, embraces what the pope calls a “very solid scientific consensus” that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change that has been … Continue reading

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Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (A Review)

Today’s guest writer is Dan Brennan, author of the important book, Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women. “Where was I to find love? Where was I to give love? If Scripture and the … Continue reading

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Are We Ignoring Domestic Violence?

The growing problem of domestic violence has come under profound scrutiny in recent months because the problem has surfaced quite often in the world of professional sports. Sports Illustrated, which has a great knack for solid journalism and good writing, … Continue reading

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What a Classic Movie Can Teach Us About the Church

Today’s Guest Blogger is Dr. Dave Lescalleet Every year our family watches the 1952 classic movie The Quiet Man as a way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.  This film, because of its Ireland location, is more and more associated with … Continue reading

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The Killing That Stunned America: April 14, 1865

One hundred-and-fifty years ago on this day America was emerging from its long nightmare, a war between the states that we call the American Civil War. More Americans died in this four-plus year conflict than in all other military operations in … Continue reading

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Facebook & Twitter: My Life Course Corrections (1 of 2)

Like so many of you who are reading this blog post I have been on-again and off-again with Facebook and the social media. Recently I embraced them and began to devote more time to interact with friends and acquaintances via … Continue reading

Posted in ACT 3, Culture, Current Affairs, Friendship, Personal, Social Networking, Web/Tech | 46 Comments/Likes

The Church: Ever Ancient

The church is one of the only places in culture where people of multiple generations make our lives together. This is the way God wants it. Augustine addresses God in prayer this way: “Beauty ever ancient, ever new.” I think … Continue reading

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Difficult Men: Why Did Cable Television Produce So Many Great Works of Popular Art? Part 2

Brett Martin identifies a first burst of literary energy in 1950s television (when the medium was young) and a second that came in the 1980s (when the forward-thinking television executive Grant Tinker’s MGM Enterprises begat the groundbreaking Hill Street Blues). … Continue reading

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Difficult Men: Why Did Cable Television Produce So Many Great Works of Popular Art? Part 1

As a true fan of what Brett Martin calls “The Third Golden Age” of television I devoured his new book, Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Man Men and Breaking … Continue reading

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