“Wuthering Heights” is a stark psychological drama

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 Director/writer Andrea Arnold's anti-romantic narrative is a journey to the center of human darkness that perhaps for the first time depicts what Emily Brontë was trying to say in her 1847 story, Wuthering Heights -- her only novel.Mr. Earnshaw (Paul Hilton) brings home to his bleak farm a black child he found wandering the streets of Liverpool because it is the Christian thing to do. He has the boy baptized and names him Heathcliff (Solomon Glave/James Howson). The child bo … [Read more...]

Along the Way & The Golden Voice book reviews – on time for Fathers Day

By Sr. Rose PacatteA Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation By Ted Williams (with Brett Witter) Penguin, New York $26 hard coverAlong the Way: The Journey of a Father and a Son By Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez (with Hope Edelman) Free Press, New York $27 hard coverTwo books were released in May about what it means to be a man: a father, a son and a grandfather, too. Both are apologias more than memoirs and both have a strong faith … [Read more...]

Ansel Adams & John Muir Book Collection can be yours …

A very generous friend donated several books of Adams' photography for the lending library at the Hospitality Kitchen on Skid Row, two books on John Muir and one other on Baja California. However, they are coffee table books for the most part and quite heavy. So we thought to ask if anyone would like to send an offering for the collection and we will then use that donation to purchase books in English and Spanish for the lending library. If you are interested, please send an email to … [Read more...]

Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on Los Angeles’ Skid Row Book Review

Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row By Jeff Dietrich 418 pages, Marymount Institute Press, $29.95If you are wandering in the 50-block area known as Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles and you ask directions to Hospitality Kitchen or where the Catholic Workers serve meals to the homeless, no one will know what you are talking about."This place," explains Catherine Morris, the gentle Catholic worker, "is and always has been known among the people as 'The Hippie … [Read more...]

The Twilight Saga: Basically a love story

For a film essay by Sr. Hosea Rupprecht and I, visit The Tidings or a slightly different version at Arkansas Catholic. … [Read more...]

Why Flannery O’Connor Matters Today

On the season finale last year of ABC's hit drama "Lost," alert viewers would have noticed that the mysterious character, Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), was reading the book Everything That Rises Must Converge. The tome is a collection of short stories by the American Catholic novelist, Flannery O'Connor who was born in Savannah, Ga. March 25, 1925 and died from lupus in Milledgeville, Ga., outside of Atlanta in 1964.The book's title story is about an arrogant young man, Julian, whose bigoted mother … [Read more...]

Our Media World book signing Saturday, Jan 30th Paulist Book Store, Costa Mesa, CA 1-4 pm

Please join Sr Gretchen and I, the authors, for this book signing and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Paulist Book Center in Costa Mesa: OUR MEDIA WORLD: Educating Kids K-8 about Faith & Media book signing this Saturday, January 30, at the PAULIST BOOK CENTER 801 Baker Street (just off the 405 after Fountain Valley if going south) Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4347(714) 545-8021 from 1-4pm. Sr. Gretchen and I will be on hand to sign copies of our new book! … [Read more...]

Prayers for Haiti – Free ePrayerbook download

This free ePrayerbook download from Pauline Books & Media.Download it here: Prayers for Haiti: A World on Its KneesSister Kathrn Hermes, FSP, who edited the book, explains:"Now, more than ever, we need to stand with our Haitian sisters and brothers, both those in Haiti and their friends and relatives around the world worried about their well-being."This e-prayerbook is a useful way to focus intentions and be in spirit with those who need us most."Let's get this into the hands of mil … [Read more...]

Stuff White People Like – review? commentary? Both?

Click here for my review and/or commentary on this book....Stuff White People Like … [Read more...]

Approaching Eden: Adam & Eve in Popular Culture

This theologically rich book is now available; I have read it and wrote a blurb for the cover:"Approaching Eden is a gift to anyone attempting to bring faith and life closer in a world filled with mediated stories: in this case, tales and images influenced by the Biblical creation narrative of Genesis 1-3. Sanders is fearless in her critical analysis but never cavalier. Her prose is energetic and accessible; her surveys broad and her insights bold. Sanders makes theology a pleasure while … [Read more...]


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