Category: Arts, Leisure & Culture

Jesus before Pilate: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Jesus before Pilate: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection  by Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI Jesus before Pilate Jesus’ interrogation before the Sanhedrin had concluded in the way Caiaphas had expected: Jesus was found guilty of blasphemy, for which the penalty was death.  But since only […]

Mystery of the Betrayer: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Mystery of the Betrayer: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection  by Joseph RatzingerPope Benedict XVI The mystery of the betrayer he account of the washing of the feet presents us with two different human responses to this gift, exemplified by Judas and Peter.  Immediately after the exhortation […]

Catholics and Their Rosaries!
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Catholics and Their Rosaries!

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Let’s face it; Catholics love Mary and the Rosary. Trying to sift through all the Marian devotions and offerings is testament to that fact. Some Catholics are accused of “worshipping” her and relying on rote, impersonal prayers while holding beads; but those of us in the know understand that our love for her and for […]

Book Review: <i>Breakfast with the Pope</i>
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Book Review: Breakfast with the Pope

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If you are tired of sugar coated Catholic prose, and want a more raw account of a person who tries to lead a Catholic life, drop what you are doing and buy Breakfast with the Pope.  Click the link and insta-order.  Seriously.  Susan Vigilante chronicles her struggle with infertility, her quest to become a writer, […]

The Caves of Cappadocia
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The Caves of Cappadocia

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Standing at the base of an old, graying, wooden ladder I didn’t know what I would find in that mountain-cave turned church. As I ascended those ten or 12 steps my heart pounded, my breath grew short and my eyes were filled with awe. What I found in that stone-cooled room in the middle of […]

Book Review: <em>A Guide to Christian Meditation</em>
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Book Review: A Guide to Christian Meditation

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Prayer is important, so critical to the believer’s daily regimen that there are books out there to guide him/her through the process if need be. Meditation is one of the most misinterpreted and under utilized form of prayer. Probably due to the busyness of daily life, it would bring such peace in the same amount […]

<em>Burst</em> by Kevin Wells -- A Beautifully Written Catholic Memoir
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Burst by Kevin Wells — A Beautifully Written Catholic Memoir

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Burst: A Story of God’s Grace When Life Falls Apart  is the Catholic memoir to read when you want a well-written, inspirational story that won’t take weeks to complete.  It’s a small book with a big message and one-of-a-kind stories I met Kevin Wells through our editor.  We both went through the same publishing house, Servant […]

Just the Facts. Not!
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Just the Facts. Not!

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It was a slow Saturday afternoon in the newsroom of the Washington Daily News. This was the fall of 1956, and the News, a Scripps Howard tabloid, published six days a week but not Sunday. When the last Saturday edition was off our hands, the rest of the day could be mighty quiet. A sub-editor […]

Give Us Back Our Words, Please
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Give Us Back Our Words, Please

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The debate over the impact of the media on the minds and hearts of adults and children has raged since the onset of radio and television and never more pointedly than in the two decades since the explosion of the Internet.  During that time we have argued over explicit song lyrics, ratings systems for movies […]

First Entertain!
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First Entertain!

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An Open Letter to Christian Producers, Publishers, and Writers in four parts 1. INSPIRE OR EXPIRE As a producer, publisher and distributor of media products I am constantly approached by authors, artists and their representatives to assist them in either producing, publishing or distributing their products. In the last week I have been approached by […]

Stories and the New Evangelization
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Stories and the New Evangelization

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Two thousand years ago, the Son of Man walked by the Sea of Galilee and told stories to His friends. With His stories, He applied the Law of the Prophets to the lives of real people. After His death and Resurrection, His followers shared his story, first by oral tradition and then by written word […]

Confession: A Roman Catholic App
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Confession: A Roman Catholic App

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I’m so happy to share the good news about  ”Confession” a great Catholic app for your iPhone and iPad – and to share that this app is not only wonderfully helpful, but also 100% reliable, having earned the imprimatur from Bishop Kevin C. Rhodes of the Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend. You may […]

A Conversation with Fr. Gary Thomas, Exorcist
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A Conversation with Fr. Gary Thomas, Exorcist

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The priest upon whose experience the book and movie The Rite are based, Father Gary Thomas  gives an extended interview to Leticia Velasquez, about the writing and purpose of the book, the realism of the movie, and his experiences with the Rite of Exorcism: Velasquez: I’d like to ask my first few questions about the […]

Faith, Doubt, and Demonic Possession in <i>The Rite</i>
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Faith, Doubt, and Demonic Possession in The Rite

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“I wonder you should ask me whether it is essential to keep the patient in ignorance of your own existence. That question, at least for the present phase of the struggle, has been answered for us by the High Command. Our policy, for the moment, is to conceal ourselves.” Screwtape, in The Screwtape Letters by […]

Review of the Children's Book <i>Joseph's Hands</i>
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Review of the Children’s Book Joseph’s Hands

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God makes every one of us unique, giving us each special gifts and talents. In the newly released book Joseph’s Hands (Bezalel Books, April 2007, paperback, 36 pages), author Kety Sabatini shares a compelling tale which aptly illustrates God’s love and creativity. Beautifully illustrated by Marie Sabatini, Joseph’s Hands is the story of six year […]

Book Review: <i>The Rite</i>
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Book Review: The Rite

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While exorcists admit that their ministry can sometimes be a heavy burden, it would be a mistake, they say to overstate the power of the Devil. As Father Amorth writes, “A priest who is afraid of the Devil is like a shepherd who is afraid of a wolf. It is a groundless fear.” The Devil,” […]

Book Review: <i>Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage</i>, By Cheryl Dickow
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Book Review: Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage, By Cheryl Dickow

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Beth Gantry, Liz, Elizabeth…the main character of Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage (Bezalel Books, 2007) is many things to many people. What seems unclear in the opening pages of this debut novel from established non-fiction author Cheryl Dickow is how Elizabeth will be able to reconcile her roles as wife, mother and teacher with the […]

Mystery, Meditation, Media: An Interview with Matt Swaim
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Mystery, Meditation, Media: An Interview with Matt Swaim

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I recently had the good fortune to talk with Matt Swaim, producer of EWTN Radio’s Son Rise Morning Show, regarding his first book, The Eucharist and the Rosary: Mystery, Meditation, Power, Prayer (Ligouri Publications, 2010). Shane Kapler: Matt, I know that you entered the Church at Easter, 2005.  Tell us about your journey: Matt Swaim: […]

Womanly Role Models from the Scriptures
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Womanly Role Models from the Scriptures

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Women today receive mixed messages about what their roles in life should be — we’ve all heard about the “mommy wars,” debates over work vs. home issues, and other gender based issues that top many of today’s headlines. With her book Reclaiming Your Christian Self in a Secular World: A Woman’s Worth (Pleasant Word, October […]

Teaching Catholic Children about Islam
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Teaching Catholic Children about Islam

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Catholic Book Review: My Muslim Friend: A Young Catholic Learns about Islam by Donna Jean Kemmetmueller, FSP In today’s complex world, we have an ever growing need to learn about and understand other cultures and religions. Images of war and terrorism enter into our homes on a daily basis. Stereotypes abound, frequently leaving children fearful […]

Birth of a Family: Review of <i>A Change of Plans</i>
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Birth of a Family: Review of A Change of Plans

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This past weekend I had an opportunity to preview the upcoming “Family Movie Night” feature, A Change of Plans (FOX, January 8 at 8 p.m. EST).  As I watched, I couldn’t help but compare this couple’s experiences with what my husband and I went through when we first received our children.  Chris was 2-1/2, Sarah […]

Lost at Sundance
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Lost at Sundance

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Two days in to week two at Sundance and I am detecting a theme, at least in the films that I selected to see at this, the nations premiere independent film festival: we are lost. I am sure that there are plenty of feel-good films here in Park City, but for some reason, I have […]

What Went Wrong for <i>The Perfect Game</i>
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What Went Wrong for The Perfect Game

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I took three of my grandchildren to see The Perfect Game yesterday.  My daughter is a manager at a mall theater and she had told me that the movie opened Friday and no one went to see it. I knew it was unlikely that it would stay past the weekend without a major change. I […]

<i>Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul</i>
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Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul

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Whether you are a gifted athlete, a weekend warrior, or one who simply enjoys reading the Sunday Sports section, you will enjoy Spirituality of Sport: Balancing Body and Soul (St. Anthony Messenger Press, January 2004, paperback, 137 pages) by Dr. Susan Saint Sing. Saint Sing, a gifted athlete and inspirational coach, shares her own story […]

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