Category: Arts, Leisure & Culture

Movie Review: The Little Prince
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Movie Review: The Little Prince

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The beloved classic, The Little Prince, was released simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix, and will not disappoint fans of the fable. Jeff Bridges’ rich, warm, craggy American voice brings to life Saint-Exupéry, the author and aviator. Three different kinds of storytelling visuals are utilized: the now-familiar computer animation, sporting oversized heads and large, expressive […]

Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 2)
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Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 2)

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Part one of this discussion can be found here. More subtly, Game of Thrones can be used to validate Machiavellian politics and shadowy character traits. Instead of mixed characters simply being portrayed as sympathetic due to the human condition, their warped aspects are made to seem acceptable and even heroic. It becomes more important to […]

Self-Regulation Science Doesn't Work
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Self-Regulation Science Doesn’t Work

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Scientists love to give themselves “ethical guidelines” — only to “reevaluate” and revise those guidelines when they are no longer convenient. A perfect recent example of this came this May when scientists in two separate studies reported keeping embryos alive, healthy and developing for 12-13 days. In both studies the embryos grew autonomously and began […]

Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 1)
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Winter of the Soul: Analyzing the Game of Thrones Phenomenon (Part 1)

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Game of Thrones, the wildly popular HBO series based off of George R.R. Martin’s high fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, is a presently unavoidable part of popular culture. Praised for its high production values, including acting, costuming, setting, and cinematography, and dubbed one of the “epic sagas of our times”, the […]

Movie Review: Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism
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Movie Review: Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism

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I’m going to call the latest documentary on John Paul II an “almost perfect documentary.” The title is: Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism. Why is it almost perfect? Because it’s Rolls Royce super-classy in every way. The production values are off the chain, the august interviewees always on point, […]

Pope’s ‘Ideological Colonization’ Explained in New Book
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Pope’s ‘Ideological Colonization’ Explained in New Book

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When Pope Francis spoke to the UN last September he warned about what he called “ideological colonization.” By that he meant the attempt to import or impose a vision of human sexuality at odds with traditional peoples. The African Bishops have repeatedly warned about how traditional way of life is under pressure from ideological colonization. […]

Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle
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Are We Special? New Thoughts about the Anthropic Principle

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“Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth – the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to […]

Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony
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Exploring the Multifaceted Marvel of Polyphony

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We have all heard it, yet most of us would not be able to name it. The term polyphony (from the Greek for “many sounds”) is used to describe music that employs simultaneous yet independent melodies. This can occur in secular or spiritual songs, and the spiritual realm includes both sacred music (typically using a […]

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets
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Movie Review: The Secret Life of Pets

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With a juicy, promising title and a screen populated with adorable, fuzzy furballs of varied shapes and sizes, the animated smash hit: The Secret Life of Pets is a fun Summer escapade for all ages. The different personalities of species and dog breeds are, well, typecast. The goofy guinea pig, the self-involved cat, the excitable […]

A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life
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A Film to Wake Up Your Church to the Need to Fight for Life

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If you were ever in search of a film to spur your church community into pro-life action, a new film called Voiceless may be just the ticket. “Voiceless is a call to the church,” said Jason Jones, co-executive producer of the film. “Now more than ever as we see no relief from our judiciary or […]

Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?
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Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles?

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Some 22 years ago when I was being catechized, preparing to enter into the Church, I was much troubled by the Eucharistic phenomenon, transubstantiation. As a physicist, I could not understand how the wafer could become the flesh of Christ and the wine His Sacred Blood. The wise old priest who was instructing me asked: […]

Movie Review: Me Before You
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Movie Review: Me Before You

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WARNING: I TELL YOU THE END OF THE FILM IN THE NEXT SENTENCE. Due to the serious subject matter of the film Me Before You (euthanasia), and the fact that most people already know how the movie ends (euthanasia), combined with the fact that the film is based on a novel by the same name […]

Have Mercy on Walter White and Tony Soprano
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Have Mercy on Walter White and Tony Soprano

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I recently read Pope Francis’ new book, The Name of God is Mercy. The book is based on an interview with a Vatican reporter and is presented in a Q & A format.   I was struck in particular by a chapter titled “Sinners Yes, Corrupt No.” In this chapter, Pope Francis discusses the difference between […]

Me Before You and the Slow Suicide of the West
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Me Before You and the Slow Suicide of the West

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Sometimes movie spoilers are a welcome thing. Several months ago I saw a trailer for the movie Me Before You and got a little excited. A modern romance featuring a disabled main character. It looked so positive and promising. I should have known better. Apparently Me Before You, which hits theaters this weekend, was a […]

Book Review: Find a Real Friend in Jesus
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Book Review: Find a Real Friend in Jesus

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Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps by Gary Zimak could as easily have been titled “The Catholic Guide to a Personal Relationship with Jesus.”  Catholics often think of a personal relationship with Jesus as a Protestant idea, but Jesus wants to be close to all of us and not just in […]

Book Review: The Walls Are Talking
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Book Review: The Walls Are Talking

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The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories, is Abby Johnson’s second powerful exposé of the abortion industry. A collection of personal testimonies from those who have left the abortion industry, it is a book of woe: broken hearts, dead children, mistreated women and abortion workers whose consciences were systematically seared and […]

A Rockwell Centenary
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A Rockwell Centenary

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His first Post cover, 100 years ago today.

Civil War and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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Civil War and the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Superhero movie fatigue is a strange phenomenon for older millennials. I grew up in a time when live action superhero films were rare and mostly subpar. The 1970’s Hulk was a bodybuilder in green paint. The 1980’s Punisher was played by Dolph Lundren, minus the iconic skull symbol. The 1990’s Captain America had rubber ears.   […]

Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women
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Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women

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Sometimes it can be hard to find the words to pray, both in times of celebration and when we are hurting. Maybe we haven’t prayed in so long, we aren’t sure where to begin. As Grace Mazza Urbanski writes in the introduction to Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women (Franciscan Media, 2016), “We encounter […]

Playing God on 11.22.63
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Playing God on 11.22.63

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Hulu recently released an eight-episode miniseries based on the Stephen King novel, 11.22.63. I had  high expectations prior to its release given that the novel is one of my favorite books written by King. I am pleased to report that the miniseries exceeded my expectations. It was entertaining, well-acted, and even spoke to me on […]

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The Last Days and the Resurrection the Dead, Part III

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This is the third in a series on unconventional propositions about last days and the resurrection of the dead. The first was on that of the Russian mathematician, Andrej Grib, dealing with quantum logic; the second on that of the American physicist, Frank Tipler, dealing with his physics derived Omega Point; this, the third, on […]

Laudato Si: Year One
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Laudato Si: Year One

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It has been a little over a year since Pope Francis released his encyclical, Laudato Si.’ The document generated a great deal of attention, particularly in the area of public policy. What action should the government take in order to address the environmental issues facing the planet? Unfortunately, the political questions surrounding Pope Francis’ message […]

Nick Foligno Faithfully Gliding Forward in the NHL
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Nick Foligno Faithfully Gliding Forward in the NHL

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When Nick Foligno’s daughter Milana was born with a congenital heart defect two-and-a-half years ago, he knew he could rely on his Catholic faith for solace and strength. His mother Janis had died four years prior to that — an experience that initially threw him but eventually helped him gain a more positive outlook on […]

Review: The Original Image of Divine Mercy: The Untold Story of An Unknown Masterpiece
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Review: The Original Image of Divine Mercy: The Untold Story of An Unknown Masterpiece

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A new full-length documentary film on the Divine Mercy is now available for large or small screenings during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It has the long and intriguing title of: The Original Image of Divine Mercy: The Untold Story of An Unknown Masterpiece. Also for Divine Mercy Non-Fans Now, if you, like me, are […]

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