Robin Williams: last comic standing

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There's a meme going around Facebook with Robin Williams in what looks like a hoodie that says: "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." The 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor and comedian died Monday of an "apparent suicide." He is said to have been suffering from a deep depression and has long battled alcohol and drug addiction. As recently as last month, he entered rehab to "fine-tune" his sobriety.Williams was also a husband and father. He was no saint, but he … [Read more...]

‘Deliver Us From Evil’ is dark, violent, and an adventure in grace

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Horror-meister Scott Derrickson's newest film, "Deliver Us From Evil," begins with three U.S. Marines in Iraq who come across some strange writing on a wall in an underground cave. What they don't realize is that the writing is from the devil and that when they return home, they bring darkness and evil with them.New York police sergeant Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is one tough cop with his own inner darkness. He is married to Jen (Olivia Munn) with one child, Christina (Lulu Wilson). He works … [Read more...]

My acceptance speech “Sr. Rose Pacatte Receives 2014 Dane Kane Award”

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  It's been some time now since I received the Daniel J. Kane Award from the University of Dayton - March 6, 2014, to be exact. I've had photos ready to post but I just discovered last week that the video of the presentation and my acceptance "speech" was posted on YouTube. You can see it below along with some photos of the very lovely event. I continue to feel humbled and grateful for this recognition.     … [Read more...]

Best Wedding Video Ever & the Singing Priest

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 Over 21 million hits so far (amazing if April 7, 2014 is the actual date it was posted) of Irish priest Fr. Ray Kelly surprise song at the end of the nuptial mass for Chris and Leah O'Kane.  Inspiring and beautiful. I know some liturgists have voiced their dismay at the non-liturigcal nature of the song or its use within the mass but it's done now and it was a beautiful gift for the couple. All is grace.Here is "SonLight" singing "Be Thou My Vision" (they are in the video, too, at … [Read more...]

“Does porn hurt children?” NYTimes reporter asks

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 Last week I saw this article on New York Times website: Does porn hurt children? by David Segal, a business reporter for the NYTimes. The answer is yes but causal links cannot be established and probably never will be. He outlines the difficulty in researching the answer to this question because of the ethics involved, never mind the illegality of showing porn to kids for the sake of research. Then he has some recommendations that are consistent, though not as comprehensive, with … [Read more...]

“The Redemption of the Prosecutor” first in Lenten Film Series

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 Today is Ash Wednesday and our Lenten Film Series from the INNetwork begins! I will post these every week. You can also visit the INNetwork (Ignatian News Network) each week as well. If you go to The INNetwork on your mobile device you can downtown the app and receive notifications each time a new Lenten film goes up.Bring your journal or a notebook to reflect on the questions that emerged from the Scriptures and the film/interview. This series if good for high … [Read more...]

On the road to the Oscars: my reviews and predictions – kind of

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 If you'd like to check out what I think about the ten Oscar nominated films (and thoughts on some others) visit my blog on the INNetwork: The INNdustry with Sister Rose.The questions I always ask myself about a movie is whether or not I'd see it again. I am always looking for signs of humanity, too, at least tinged with empathy or the possibility for it.For a taste here's my take on The Wolf of Wall Street. There's something missing ...   … [Read more...]

Is it a good thing Pope Francis was named TIME’s Person of the Year?

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Some time ago I was asked to be an expert contributor on film, TV and popular culture to ALETEIA news of the world from a Catholic perspective). Today one of the editor's asked several contributors to consider four questions and I commented for the first time (I didn't have a lot of time so I responded to the questions very briefly):1) Are you surprised Pope Francis was picked?  2) Is this a good thing or a bad thing for the Church and her mission of evangelization?3) Was Pope Francis … [Read more...]

“Gimme Shelter” star Vanessa Hudgens on her role as a homeless, pregnant teen

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I previewed "Gimme Shelter" yesterday; it comes out in January just around National Right to Life Day. This is based on a true story of  Apple (Vanessa Hudgens), one of the thousands of teens and women who are pregnant and homeless helped by a Catholic Christian laywoman Kathy DeFiore (Ann Dowd, who played a nun in the TV series "Nothing Sacred"). Kathy's work is extraordinary; the homes she has founded have helped women give birth to over 60,000 babies. My review will come out later but you can … [Read more...]

Savior on the Silver Screen – or – Meeting Jesus at the Movies

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Meeting Jesus at the movies might seem impossible to some … but this session will look at sacramental ways to find God in the dark and secrets to discovering heroes who exemplify the teaching of the Lord Jesus in laughter and tears. It includes an analysis of "The Hunger Games" film as a cultural parable that engages the sacramental imagination (with thanks to Sr. Nancy Usslemann, FSP)This presentation was given at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Nov. 22, 20 … [Read more...]


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