12+ Scary Movies Our Kids Loved (including at least 5 “hells” and 2 “bollocks”)

By Screenshot from "Internet Archive" of the movie Dracula (1958) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Because we are integrated Catholics, we observe All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and Halloween -- the latter, by trick-or-treating, putting the little guys stickily to bed, and showing the older kids a scarier movie than we normally allow.  And because I'm still in denial about just how many outrageous promises I carelessly made about costumes I'd be happy to whip up, I'm thinking hard about wh … [Read more...]

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What’s for supper? Vol. 8: The Fanciest Soup Picture I Have Ever Taken

Question of the week: What childhood meal are you always trying to recreate? For me, it's beef stroganoff. I've used lots of different recipes, many fancier than the one my mother used, but I haven't been able to get it to taste quite as good. Maybe the missing ingredient is walking home from school, trudging up the hill in the snow (we really did live on top of a big hill!), slogging up the porch steps, opening the front door, and stepping into a warm cloud of stroganoff aroma. … [Read more...]

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An uninvited Pope and the power of words

A normal friend knocks at your door. An Argentinean friend opens the door and happily yells, “I’m here!” It's a funny list, but there's something real going on here, which describes Pope Francis to a T, whether we like that T or not: To the Pope, everything is personal. Read the rest at the Register. photo courtesy Pixabay … [Read more...]

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I’m reading, I’m watching, I’m listening to …

I'm reading . . .A Case of Conscience by James Blish (1958).It turns out that the bland title has prevented anyone else in my house from picking this book up, and they had no idea it's a Catholic science fiction adventure novel about a biochemist Jesuit who is on an alien planet collecting information about a society of super intelligent lizard-like creatures who do not sin and who have no apparent need for God, and what do we think about that? In his down time, he works on solving a … [Read more...]

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Worth Watching Again: The Edge

The great part of this deft, brisk movie is that you can totally ignore these existential themes of being lost and being found, having direction and having a reason to live, and just watch it because it's tense and exciting and has a really scary bear in it. Read the rest of my review of the 1997 film The Edge at the Register. … [Read more...]

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My Aleteia piece on the suffering faithful…

  is spotlighted today:The Church is full of the obedient wounded. The flock who never strayed have troubles of their own, and some of these troubles come directly from original sin, the effects of which no doctrinal development, pastoral compassion, or rigorously trained professional can completely undo. Poor family, they need to hear that their sorrows are known to God and to the Church. That the cross still hangs there above the altar because it must be faced, sooner or … [Read more...]

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Never mind the Columbus Day agita: Here’s the suppli

 I'm gonna skip the Columbus Day agita this year and just pass along this extraordinary recipe for suppli.Suppli are breaded, deep-fried, egg-shaped risotto balls with a center of gooey cheese, and St. Peter will be holding one in each hand when he welcomes us to Heaven.Here's how you make them.SUPPLI2 eggs 2 cups risotto (see recipe below) 4 oz. mozzarella in 1/2-inch cubes 3/4 cup bread crumbs oil for frying tomato sauce, if you likeBeat eggs lightly until ju … [Read more...]

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