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“Lincoln in the Bardo” and the Last Things

by Peggy Pandaleon Apr 18, 2018 0 Comments

Part ghost story, part historical fiction, and 100 percent creative, George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo fascinates with writing that is a cross between stream of consciousness, poetry, and...

You Want It Darker

by Dr. Tom Neal Apr 17, 2018 0 Comments

So this week while I was out of town staying at a hotel, I happened on an article about singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewishness and how it impacted his music. Knocked my socks off. I had...

“The Flash,” Fear, and the Kenosis of Marriage

by Rachel Bulman Apr 16, 2018 0 Comments

I’m a huge fan of “The Flash.” The CW has had my viewership since they created “Supernatural.” I would count myself as a storyteller, and I know that every story alway...

Our Utilitarian Utopia

by Chris Hazell Apr 13, 2018 0 Comments

You walk into a restaurant, a few customers at the diner-style bar at the front, a couple more tucked within comfortable booths along a series of windows. You have an important meeting with colleag...

The Unsoundness of Silencing Hate

by Elizabeth Scalia Apr 12, 2018 0 Comments

During Mark Zuckerberg’s recent testimony before Congress, it emerged that Facebook will soon have artificial intelligence programming in place that can identify and delete hate speech before...

Catholic Priest, Crossfitter, Ninja: An Interview with Fr. Stephen Gadberry

by Jared Zimmerer Apr 11, 2018 0 Comments

Fr. Stephen Gadberry is a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas. He is also an avid fitness practitioner, and just recently was able to compete in the hit show, “American Ni...

Putting “Vocation Directors” in Every Home, School, and Parish

by Luke Burgis Apr 10, 2018 0 Comments

“Each person—unique and unrepeatable—is the fundamental and primary Way of the Church.” —Pope John Paul II For Pope John Paul II, there was no five-step program t...

Bishop Barron on the Annunciation

by Bishop Robert Barron Apr 09, 2018 2 Comments

The Church Fathers were fond of exploring the relationship between Eve, mother of all the living, and the new Eve, Mary the Mother of God. Where Eve grasped and lost, Mary surrendered and received;...

The Weak and the Foolish

by Matthew Becklo Apr 06, 2018 0 Comments

At the edge of a quiet forest north of Paris stands Trosly-Breuil, the village that Jean Vanier calls home. But Vanier is no ordinary man, and this home no ordinary home. Trosly-Breuil is where th...

When God Gives You a Leveler, Learn How to Use It!

by Elizabeth Scalia Apr 05, 2018 0 Comments

When my mother thought the garage would make a nice study, my father—a talented designer, builder and woodsmith—got to work. She eventually took her leisure in a splendid room lined wit...

Cutting Down the Idol of the Nice God

by Robert Mixa Apr 04, 2018 0 Comments

In writing God Is Not Nice, Dr. Ulrich Lehner is today’s Boniface. Like the great missionary, he has cut down an idol dear to many people. During Boniface’s time, it was the sacred tree...

God and Anne Sullivan: What I Learned from Re-Watching “The Miracle Worker”

by Tod Worner Apr 03, 2018 0 Comments

It had been years since I had seen it. And it was even better than I remembered. The Miracle Worker is a play written by William Gibson in 1957 and made into an Academy Award winning film in 1962...

Easter: The Significance of Sunday Morning

by Fr. Steve Grunow Apr 02, 2018 0 Comments

“She hears, upon that water without a sound, a voice that cries, ‘The tomb in Palestine is not the porch of spirits lingering. It is the grave of Jesus where he lay...’”Somb...

Taking the Place of the Skull

by Dominicans of the Province of St. Joseph Mar 30, 2018 0 Comments

It’s called the Place of the Skull, we’re told. Κρανίου Τόπος. Everything converges on this place, as a figure hangs from a cr...