"Of Gods and Men" and John Corapi

The remarkable film Of Gods and Men is out on Netflix, and if you haven't seen it yet, I urge you to put it on your queue and move it to the top. It is one of the best films I seen in years -- gripping, moving, enlightening and insightful. I can't think of a film in recent memory that so truly and respectfully portrays the life of faith, the religious life, and most especially the value, use and meaning of liturgical prayer and the sacramental, Holy Mass -- how these enhance the life of faith, … [Read more...]

Holy Healing, Holy Art

Mary Magdalene by Antonio Veneziano graces the cover of this month's Magnificat Magazine, and once again I find myself as engaged with the wonderful artwork this publication routinely presents, as I am with all the wonderful prayers and readings within. It's a beautiful Icon, but the glossy Magnificat cover really brings it out in full force, rather like this snapshot, but even better.Here's what Pierre-Marie Dumont says about the work:Here we see "the sinner of love" represented not as a … [Read more...]

Holy Women & Everyday Hero Priests -UPDATE

"The Church gives thanks for all the manifestations of the feminine genius which have appeared in the course of history, in the midst of all peoples and nations; she gives thanks for all the charisms that the Holy Spirit distributes to women in the history of the People of God, for all the victories which she owes to their faith, hope, and charity: she gives thanks for all the fruits of feminine holiness (n. 31)."--- Blessed Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Mulieris DignitatemExciting … [Read more...]

Catholicism, Apps and New Media

Not to sound like an old lady, but I am quite taken with young Brandon Vogt, whose book, The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet will be released toward the end of summer. Brandon blogs at The Thin Veil, but he's also a crackerjack reporter who quickly filed some excellent-- really comprehensive -- pieces for OSV during the Vatican/Blogger meet-up last month, so it's not surprising that his book is a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute look at the … [Read more...]

Textbook-Free Campus; Fact-Free History, No Jobs

I have issues with textbook-free campuses, and so, it appears, does Jesse Jackson, Jr.And some of our issues are the same. I too have wondered what happens to all the publishing houses, all the paper producers, the raw-material-providers, all the book binders, all the designers, all the office-workers, all the shipping and trucking jobs that disappear if campuses become "textbook free."I am also concerned about what happens to our understanding of the past -- or even our present -- when … [Read more...]

Two Luscious Female Voices

Saying really smart things!That would be Pat Gohn in her latest Among Women Podcast, where she makes a very loving and learned exposition of of Mary's visit to Elizabeth and what it teaches us, and then brings in her fellow Patheos Columnist, Happy Catholic's Julie Davis -- herself a golden-voiced podcaster of tireless energies, to discuss Julie's terrific book (it's on my desk as I write this) Happy Catholic; Glimpses of God in Everyday Life .They have a lot of fun reading quotes from the … [Read more...]

Making Love in the Light

My column at First Things for the upcoming Feast of the Ascension:It is this onenes Father Barron describes when he writes of the “interacting and interpenetrating fields of force” that are heaven and earth, constantly commingling, and within the church embodying a true encounter between bridegroom and bride. That is considered archaic language, I know — Flannery O’ Connor called it “a metaphor that can be dispensed with” — but the brilliant Ms. O’ Connor was uncharacteristically off the mark i … [Read more...]

Class Tells – Video Update!

A few days ago on Facebook, Fr. James Martin mentioned attending the Christopher Awards, which honored his most recent book, along with The King's Speech, Toy Story 3 and many other great books, films and tv shows. He wrote,"Back from the Christopher Awards. The screenwriter and director of 'The King's Speech' accepted their awards in person: very classy. If I ever send a publicist to collect an award, punch me."I agree. If an organization is taking the trouble to recognize your work, have … [Read more...]

Bookclub: Sinners, Science & Faith

The Patheos Book Club is discussing Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers by Greg Carey, and you are invited to read an excerpt, here.Because I've been waylaid, I missed the discussion on this book by Karl W. Giberson and Francis S. Collins, which I have only just received for review and looks very interesting, The Language of Science and Faith. Collins, of course is the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and a professed Christian, so this look to be particularly interesting … [Read more...]

Theology of Heart and Mind

Even though I occasionally download a novel to my iPad, this is why I will never give up on real, cardboard-paste-and-paper books: I got this in the mail yesterday, and it was so tantalizingly beautiful, so sweet to the hand - and then I opened it and the newness of the page and ink nearly made me dizzy with delight, and -- yes, I did it -- I took a great big sniff of my new, beautiful book.A bouquet of roses couldn't please me more.Tactile and sensory pleasures aside, I began reading Pope … [Read more...]


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