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Father Jonathan Morris on Optimism versus Pessimism

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In this week’s video message from Father Jonathan Morris, he shares his thoughts on optimism versus pessimism. Specifically, he explains that optimism isn’t looking at life through rose-colored glasses and believing nothing will ever go wrong or that we’ll never experience pain. Instead, optimism is rooted in our faith in God and the Biblical promise [Read More...]

A Call to Holiness: Reflecting on Pope Francis’s “America” Magazine Interview

Much is being written and said about Pope Francis’s comments during an interview published yesterday in several Jesuit magazines, including “America.” Of course, everyone’s interpretation is filtered through their own beliefs and biases, so unless you read what the Pope said in context and in its entirety (much like the way you’re supposed to read [Read More...]

Is Joss Whedon’s Bleak Worldview Responsible For His Hopeful Storytelling?

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One of the reasons I’ve been a fan of Joss Whedon’s work on TV shows like “Buffy,” “Angel” and “Firefly – and movies like “The Avengers” – is that his stories convey a sense of hope. That hope is often hard-won because it involves enduring struggle, suffering and sacrifice for the sake of loving another [Read More...]

A Musical Journey Through Grief: From Despair and Anger at God to Hope and Healing

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“I asked you for the light. You gave me a long dark night.” Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Sarah Hart penned those lyrics to God during the anger phase of a “downward spiral through grief” that began with the death of her beloved grandfather. Though Sarah was and remains Catholic, that alone didn’t lessen the pain she [Read More...]


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