Hyenas Eat Donkeys For Lent

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In Ethiopia, hyenas normally just eat whatever they can scavenge from the garbage leftoutside of inhabited areas. But what happens when there are no meat leftovers in the garbage due to the strict Ethiopian Orthodox Lent? Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to be a donkey: Hyenas will eat just about anything organic. They’ll chow down on mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles. [Read More...]

The End of Stolen Cell Phones?

In 2011, 42 percent of all property crimes committed against individuals in New York City involved the theft of a cell phone. Cell phone theft may seem like a fairly minor crime in the grand scheme of things, unless it’s your phone, and then it’s the worst thing ever. It’s also a crime that can [Read More...]

Choosing the Right Game for Your Kids

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A shorter version of this piece appeared originally in the National Catholic Register. Video and computer games are an almost inescapable element of life for any modern child. Even parents who don’t have game machines and carefully control their children’s media exposure will, at some point, have to make some choices about games. Do you [Read More...]

Monday Morning Chicken: Easter Edition

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No, the chickens haven’t started laying yet. Full-sized eggs will probably have to wait until about August. We’re just trying to inspire them. [Read more...]

Thomas Kinkade: Art, Christianity, and Hypocrisy

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Artist Thomas Kinkade died on Good Friday, which is probably how he would have wanted it (albeit about 30 years from now). Kinkade was a Christian, and his Christianity was just one of the many things that rankled his critics. Let’s be very clear here right at the outset. Thomas Kinkade was not a bad [Read More...]

“God is dead, and we have killed him”

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  “Descended into hell”—perhaps no other article of the Creed is as alien to our contemporary mode of thought as this one. And yet, does not this article, which, in the course of the Church year, is liturgically ordered to Holy Saturday and which is especially significant for us today, express in an eminent degree [Read More...]

Saturday Song — “Dark Was the Night”

Blind Willie Johnson’s wordless meditation on the death of the savior is based on loosely on a few lines from old spiritual “Gethsemane”: “Dark was the night, cold was the ground/on which my Lord was laid.” Its melancholy tone is well-suited for this day between death and resurrection. [Read more...]

“That is the Good Friday of the twentieth century”

  In the great Passions of Johann Sebastian Bach, which stir our hearts anew each year during Holy Week, the terrible event of Good Friday is steeped in a transfigured and transfiguring beauty. These Passions do not, it is true, speak of the Resurrection—they end with the burial of Jesus—but in their eminent purity they [Read More...]


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