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Bobby the Lion, Bobby the Lamb: What Tragedy Taught Robert Kennedy

by Tod Worner May 21, 2018 0 Comments

“Bobby is a vicious little monster,” the Teamster lawyer snarled about the withering prosecution waged by the Bobby Kennedy, the Chief Counsel of the Senate Rackets Committee (the 1957-...

Participating in Pentecost

by Fr. Steve Grunow May 18, 2018 0 Comments

The Church’s first scripture for this Sunday describes the disciples of the Lord Jesus gathered for the celebration of Pentecost. On this occasion the Holy Spirit is revealed in an extraordin...

Groaning Earth Awaits Our Surrender

by Elizabeth Scalia May 17, 2018 0 Comments

You rocked the earth, split it open; Repair the cracks, for it totters. (Psalm 60:4) Neither the lava flowing from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano nor the National Guard helping people ou...

“Come Sunday” and the Question of Universal Salvation

by Matthew Becklo May 16, 2018 0 Comments

Can a Christian believe that non-Christians might end up in heaven? Or even that all people—Christian or otherwise—will eventually be saved? These are the questions at the heart of&nbs...

Teaching Christian Culture: An Interview with John Goerke of Bishop Sullivan High School

by Matt Nelson May 15, 2018 0 Comments

Last month, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School published an impressive video letter to Bishop Barron featuring a group of smart, joyful students working on videos for ...

Translating Shakespeare: or, How to Evangelize and Not Be Eaten by a Bear

by Dr. Holly Ordway May 14, 2018 0 Comments

At the end of a tiring, busy day, have you ever thought, “Ah, yes, I need to unwind. I’ll curl up on the sofa with . . . a copy of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” No? I suspected as...

The Good in Goodbye

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph May 11, 2018 0 Comments

“Where is the good in goodbye?” sings the barbershop quartet standard, a song musical buffs will remember from The Music Man. This wordplay expresses a common experience: good...

Was the Met Gala an Offense or an Opportunity?

by Elizabeth Scalia May 10, 2018 0 Comments

One of this week’s readings for Mass came from Chapter 17 of the Acts of the Apostles, where Paul stood up at the Areopagus and delivered a discourse to the Athenians that was oddly...

Poetry for the Prosaic

by Matt Nelson May 09, 2018 0 Comments

I don't love poetry. But I'm trying to change that. On most days I (like you, perhaps) find the prospect of reading poetry rather unappealing, especially considering the other options on the books...

Are We Suffering for the Wrong Reasons?

by Chris Hazell May 08, 2018 0 Comments

Many of the world’s religions attest to the reality that something isn’t quite right with humanity. We see suffering and evil in our lives and the lives of others, often conceding to it...

Pain and the Priesthood in “Thy Kingdom Come”

by Matthew Becklo May 07, 2018 0 Comments

In Terrence Malick’s 2012 film To the Wonder, there is a particularly powerful scene that seems to center the whole story. A weary Catholic priest, played by Javier Bardem, is&...

“The Dating Project,” Hookup Culture, and the Need for Change

by Rachel Bulman May 04, 2018 0 Comments

I just saw The Dating Project with my husband, eleven young adults, and a priest. It’s a great film. It will be available on digital and DVD soon so that more people can share in the conversa...

The Studies Are Wrong! America Is Religious, But Not Spiritual

by Elizabeth Scalia May 03, 2018 0 Comments

In 2017, the Pew Research Center announced that more Americans now say that they are spiritual, but not religious. The Pew organization is highly respected, and for good reason. Their studies...

Understanding Christ’s Humanity and Divinity

by Joe Heschmeyer May 02, 2018 0 Comments

A couple days ago, I was asked: “If Jesus Christ is both fully human and fully God, was he human before the Incarnation? If he wasn’t, why would the Nestorian position be hereti...