Why I Choked Up Over a Michael Phelps Commercial

 Okay. Okay.I choked up over a Michael Phelps commercial.There. I admitted it.But I'm not ashamed. Let me give you some background.It came out months before the Olympics even began. It was the latest in a line of commercials Phelps has done for the burgeoning sporting goods company, Under Armour. Attempting to "redefine what it means to be successful in training", Under Armour unveiled a campaign of commercials respectively featuring the United States Women's Gymnastics t … [Read more...]

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Michael Phelps’ Greatest Conquest

 Oh, you saw it.Didn't you?Look here and let me refresh your memory.Sitting in the corner of the "Ready Room" in Rio's swimming center, a hooded Michael Phelps focused intently on the 200-meter butterfly semifinal awaiting him. With headphones fixed and jaw tight, Phelps envisioned the race as he stared ahead into the lanes of water occupying his mind's eye. That is, until South African swimmer, Chad Le Clos walked in. With a cocky swagger and an impertinent grin, Le … [Read more...]

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What This John Cusack Movie Taught Me About Fate and Freewill

 It was Christmas in New York when it happened. The gently brooding Jonathan Trager and the playfully superstitious Sara Thomas simultaneously reached for the last pair of cashmere gloves in the middle of the bustling department store. Their eyes met. The world slowed down. And a movie was born.Serendipity, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, is a charming 2001 romantic comedy which puckishly explores the notion that Fate will deliver us to where we ought to be, that Destin … [Read more...]

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“Until My Last Breath” – The Tragedy & Hope of Father Jacques Hamel

 "Jesus Wept" by James Tissot  "I'll work until my last breath," he laughed.And he honored those words.Father Jacques Hamel, beloved 85 year-old priest for St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray parish in Normandy, France, was ruthlessly executed today by devotees of the Islamic State (ISIS) while he celebrated Mass. The murder was macabre in method, unconscionable in motive and has left both a small Catholic church and a larger world shaken with grief and anger.When I heard th … [Read more...]

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St. Thomas More’s “Horrible Moral Squint”

"Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” - Matthew 22:21 He was toying with him, the Cardinal was. In Robert Bolt's iconic play, A Man for All Seasons, it was late in the evening. Far away from the demands of London, Sir Thomas More was reclining in his comfortable Chelsea home when the summons came. Cardinal Wolsey, King Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor, requested the presence of Sir Thomas at once on a matter of "the King's business". Grumbling would ensue amo … [Read more...]

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Alton Sterling, Philando Castile & What Nuns Taught Me About This Messed Up World

“The tragedy in a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives.” ― Henry David ThoreauIf you haven't heard the names Alton Sterling or Philando Castile in the last 24 hours, welcome back from Mars.But if you stop what you are doing and visit any major (or minor) news outlet, you will find an outpouring of emotion and commentary from presidents and governors, police chiefs and civil rights leaders, family members and shocked neighbors, talking heads and Joe Public. Everyone has s … [Read more...]

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