CATHARSIS THROUGH FILM: Why “The Notebook” Is the Only Film That Ever Made Me Cry

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 diffe … [Read more...]

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The Illusion of Perfect Life

When we were all young mothers, one of my pals phoned me sounding blue. It turned out her life wasn't what she believed it was supposed to be. She adored her little 18-month-old son almost to distraction and was trying very hard to be the perfect wife with perfect husband, the perfect mother with the perfect son. She felt she was failing, because her life wasn't all coming together "just so." Her son, a biddable, gorgeous little kid, wasn't expressing the tiniest interest in the potty. "But the … [Read more...]

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Annulments: Myths and Reality

We've talked a few times about the very real healing that can come through annulments but over at OSV Mary DeTurris Poust and Dennis Poust have together written a particularly good piece on the myths (and there are a lot of myths out there) and realities of this process, which is very much a mischaracterized and misunderstood part of the ministry of the church. The Pousts write from the perspective of a couple who has gone through this process together, and that brings a voice of true … [Read more...]

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The "Safe Haven" of Grace

I like this piece by Tony Rossi, over at Patheos, about Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook, who talks about his latest novel, Safe Haven, but also about what he has learned about the safety and strength that comes from making a commitment, either to marriage, or to something else:Commitment through difficult times has been a factor in Nicholas Sparks’ relationship with God too. Both his parents were killed in accidents and his sister died of brain cancer, so the author admits to having s … [Read more...]

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Reasoned Loyalty; the Tuesday Column

My Tuesday Column is up, wherein I wonder about whether an adult and fully-formed faith should rest upon reason or loyalty, and decide that, well...it requires both:Reasonable Catholicism is reasoned loyalty, or sometimes even loyalty with gritted teeth; it is loyalty that insists upon the application of reason lest its value be questioned. By the same token, intellectualism that is not tempered with loyalty ends up pickling itself in its own ego. Either one, by itself, is incomplete. Both … [Read more...]

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Early Onset Alzheimer's & One Spousal Choice

Have been meaning to embed this all day, a video from CBS Sunday Morning, picked up via Deacon Greg:This is a stunning, sad, heartbreaking story, with a twist at the end that may surprise some.Deacon Greg, who in his past employment knew this couple, describes the pain as palpable. That, it undeniably is.Please watch it and share your thoughts. I have thoughts of my own, but I don't want to put them out, yet; I want to read your reactions.Watch CBS News Videos OnlineRod Dreher is … [Read more...]

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