Amazing Grace’s Brief Run on Broadway Draws to a Close

A few weeks ago, writing over at the National Catholic Register, I told the story of a new Broadway musical, Amazing Grace. The script was the work of first-time playwright Christopher Smith, a former police officer, and told the story of John Newton, who penned the classic hymn "Amazing Grace." In August, I wrote:Young John Newton was familiar with the sea: He was only 11 years old when he first set sail with his father. By the age of 18, he’d accepted a position as a slave master in Ja … [Read more...]

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SAY YES! Lisa Hendey Shows You How

Okay, let's cut right to the chase: Lisa Hendey wants to be on Survivor. I mention this because it's that revelation in Lisa's new book, The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, that caught me completely off guard and made me laugh out loud. Lisa is a busy evangelizer--writing, travelling, speaking, podcasting, running her CatholicMom.com website.  That she would aspire to spending 39 days on a desert island without coffee or WiFi, communing with the Cr … [Read more...]

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Babette’s Feast: Pope Francis’ Favorite Film, and Mine

Deacon Greg Kandra, over at The Deacon's Bench,  had this story:Gabriel Axel, the director whose 1987 film “Babette’s Feast,” received the first foreign-language Oscar awarded to a Danish motion picture — and heralded a growing popular interest in all things food — has died in Copenhagen at the age of 95.And according to the New York Times obituary, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, told journalists in 2010 that "Babette's Feast" was his favorite film.It's my favorite film, … [Read more...]

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