No Surprise Here! Vatican Conference Ends With Affirmation of Marriage

Humanum - marriage conference

The Vatican's three-day colloquium on The Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage has ended today, not surprisingly, with an affirmation of marriage.What WAS surprising--at least to me--was the pure poetry of the closing statement.   Participants listened to a reading of "A New Affirmation of Marriage"--which explained why wedding celebrations are joyful.  The statement, along with additional information about the conference, can be accessed at the website; but for your convenience, I've … [Read more...]

For the International Day of Older Persons: My Reflection on Growing Older

Allie and Noah in "The Notebook"

I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough. –Duke (James Garner), “The Notebook”I’m a pretty tough cookie when it comes to the movies.  I sit back and analyze the dialogue, deconstruct scenes and then imagine them differ … [Read more...]

Fame, Fortune, Faith, Folly, Forgiveness: “The Song” Has All That

The Song

"I have seen all things done under the sun; all of them are meaningless." --Ecclesiastes 1:14     THE SONG, the new film from City on the Hill Productions,  is infused with Scripture--based, as it is, upon Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon. It's a contemporary retelling of Solomon's life, starring Alan Powell as aspiring singer/ songwriter Jed King.  Jed falls in love with Rose (Ali Faulkner), the daughter of a vineyard owner.  Shortly after their wedding, Jed writes a song expressing his lo … [Read more...]


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