Because of Catholic Mysticism

  

Feast of St. Athanasius

It’s the time of year when my thoughts turn to baseball. Did you ever see the movie Field of Dreams? I ask this only because I realize that this movie hit the theaters 24 years ago. In a way, this modern classic is about mysticism. And when I was reading Algar Thorold’s essay on Catholic Mysticism, I was reminded of one of the final scenes in the movie. [Read more...]

Because the Church is the Port in the Storm

I remember well how it felt when I first came across these words written by Blaise Pascal. It was like reading the story of my life. It was as if I was the character Neo in movie The Matrix and I had unwittingly taken the red pill that Morpheus promised would lift the veil. [Read more...]

Because of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Day In, and Day Out

Recently a friend I met on Facebook asked folks about spiritual music. You know, something along the lines of  “what is your favorite piece of sacred music, hymn, poem, etc. ?”

The first thing that popped into my head? [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies VI: “We Were Soldiers”

This is the rare Lent were there will be seven movies (maybe I was skipping the first Friday before?), so we kind of have a bonus one. Tonight is the bonus film. It’s the war movie that I’ve never seen, based on a book I cursorily looked over back when I was in the Marines. [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies V: Pope Francis’s Favorite Film…

Truth be told, I almost featured this last week. But what with the conclave and all, I chose The Shoes of the Fisherman instead. I’m glad I did, too, as the inner workings of the voting, the making of smoke signals, and the naming of an unlikely Pope all kind of set the stage for the real thing that happened on Wednesday. [Read more...]

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, are such Joyless, Dour, Creatures…

Can’t you tell? Me neither!

High-fives, and smiles, all around!

Guess what else? [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies IV: The Shoes of the Fisherman

Gulp!

The Papal Conclave is upon us, and we’re smack in the middle of a fight for religious liberty. Did I mention North Korea is rattling their nuclear sabre too?

So as the fourth installment of Lenten Friday Night at the Movies gets underway, we’re going to go back to a time when the Cold War was raging, and a new Pope was selected who has more than a little in common with Blessed Pope John Paul II. [Read more...]

Beware People Bearing Cameras and Microphones Asking Your Opinion About “Our New Pope”


You know, when there isn’t one. You may become a pawn of Jimmy Kimmel Live, like these eager folks. [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies III, Three Colors: Blue

Juliette Binoche ponders her sorrows

As we roll into the third Friday of Lent, I’m in the mood for another film I missed that comes highly acclaimed. Some folks have listed it as one of the best Catholic movies that have ever been made.

If you believe that is a lofty claim, and I confess that I might wonder about this too, Rotten Tomatoes ranks this film at the 100% mark. Wikipedia summarizes tonights’ feature like so, [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Outraged by Saturday Night Lives’ Blasphemous Skit on “Djesus”

Yawn.

Not that I’m turning cartwheels over it, or anything. Now, I didn’t catch it live last night, but I’ve seen the skit that portrays the risen Lord as a revenge killer in the sanguine style of Quentin Tarentinos’ take on justice. [Read more...]


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