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

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…]

Dorothy Day, the San Francisco Earthquake and the Aftermath of 9/11

The major earthquake that shook San Francisco on April 18, 1906, was also felt in nearby Oakland where eight-year-old Dorothy Day had recently moved with her parents and siblings. When the ground finally stopped shaking, a frightened Day emerged from her home to see examples of both chaos and community: buildings swayed, small fires burned, [Read More…]

A Christopher Prayer for Doctors

I was recently looking through a book written by The Christophers’ founder, Maryknoll Father James Keller, in 1958, and came across this prayer for doctors that he wrote. It’s timeless and embodies the spirit of godly service that should define the life of a physician. If you’re a doctor yourself or know one, please pass [Read More…]

Good Intentions, the Road to Hell, and the Moral Devolution of “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White

When he was a young scientist, Walter White and his lab partner Gretchen analyzed the chemical composition of the human body, coming up with various percentages of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and more. All the elements added up to 99 percent. “Doesn’t it seem like something’s missing?” asked Walter, wondering if that’s all there is [Read More…]