Music and Meditation for the Third Sunday of Advent

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In the wake of Friday’s tragedy, today’s call to “Rejoice” is a difficult one. But as Deacon Greg reminds us, even that call is shot through with the promise of suffering: “The Lord is near.” He knows what it’s like. And He knows what we need: hope.  And He has given it to us. The [Read More...]

Why #AskPontifex Anything At All?

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“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.” Pope Benedict XVI’s much-anticipated arrival in the Twitterverse this morning caused quite a commotion.  And there is doubtless a great deal more to be said in the coming [Read More...]

Monteverdi’s Marian Love Letter

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Over at my old stomping grounds, the incomparable Robert Reilly just reminded me of something that has confounded me for years: I love Monteverdi’s Vespers. “Why confounding,” you ask? Because despite my relatively large musical sweet spot, I have always struggled to enjoy (or even to appreciate) Renaissance music. When confronted by a friend a few [Read More...]

Embracing Martha While Pining for Mary: Win-Win?

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Life in a household of six boys often feels relentlessly jumbled and overwhelming. The wall of sound that greets me on my return home each day; the coughing, congestion and continual runny noses; the endless cycle of feeding, cleaning, and caring for this beloved brood of mine—my wife and I find ourselves willing-yet-worn-thin on the [Read More...]

A Cinematic Refuge for the Valentine-Averse

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Well, here we go again. After a year of relative safety, we have arrived once more at Valentine’s Day, that most awkward of holidays, straddling the line twixt Twitterpation and Crass Consumerism. The day crabby old-timers love to hate; the day unromantic types hate because they are expected to love it so much; and the one shining [Read More...]

Losing for the Sake of Winning

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Sorry that you feel that way The only thing there is to say Every silver lining’s got a Touch of grey. There are few things in life that bring home the value of a good cliché as quickly as becoming a new parent. A few short months as a father were all it took for [Read More...]

No Sunrises Without Sunsets

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I hate to see this evening sun go down. Lord, I hate to see this evening sun go down. ’cause it makes me think I’m on my last go ’round. Few things are more enjoyable than watching a legendary actor, nearing the end of a long and illustrious career, who finds the passion and the [Read More...]

Me, Myself, & GERTY

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This review discusses a number of SPOILERS. Proceed with caution. Duncan Jones is a grateful man—deeply, unapologetically grateful. Unlike many of Hollywood’s brightest lights, whose lofty positions cloud their ability to recognize the greatness of those who have come before them, Jones is a firm believer in acknowledging his creative influences, seeing himself as just another filmmaker [Read More...]

These Pricking Thorns of Guilt

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Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. (Isa 49:15) Death and Guilt have a great deal in common. They both have the ability to bring life to a shuddering standstill. Both are terrifying consequences of our humanity. And [Read More...]

Familiarity, Complacency, and “The Man in the White Suit”

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To misquote the old Aesopian saw, familiarity breeds complacency—a truth nowhere more painfully illustrated than in the classic Ealing Studios film, The Man in the White Suit. Set in the textile mills and factories of early 20th-century England, the film tells the story of Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness), an eccentric, secretive young scientist obsessed with creating [Read More...]


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