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A Thomist’s Guide to the 2020 Election

For many well intentioned Catholics, determining whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential election is a difficult decision. The Church has no official, clear criteria to aid in the decision. Yet, the fact is that Rome, the highest authority in the Church, has provided the faithful with contemporary, official teaching concerning political decisions. Pope [...]

The Future of Cinephilia

I've always been a "Glass Half-Full" kind-of-guy. I blame my boys. Whether it's because they give me hope for my future, or because I need to have hope for theirs, I'm not sure. But either way, I'm generally an optimistic fellow. I assume that's why this post from the Criterion Collection's blog caught my attention: [...]

Sunday Comics: Catholic in Action 6

First, here's some news about a real-life Catholic in Action: Cardinal Thuan's cause has officially opened, giving him the title Servant of God Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan!  If you don't know about him, do your soul a favor and rent this DVD or buy this book.  He's truly an amazing future saint. Below is [...]

Ave atque Vale, Van

Along with Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which I only put into our Netflix queue to see if my husband really loved me, The African Queen has been languishing in the "saved" category for over a year, waiting until the movie should be released on DVD.   We finally got to see it last week, [...]

The Stupids Celebrate Easter

Along with Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which I only put into our Netflix queue to see if my husband really loved me, The African Queen has been languishing in the "saved" category for over a year, waiting until the movie should be released on DVD.   We finally got to see it last week, [...]

Hooray for The African Queen!

Along with Thirty-two Short Films About Glenn Gould, which I only put into our Netflix queue to see if my husband really loved me, The African Queen has been languishing in the "saved" category for over a year, waiting until the movie should be released on DVD.   We finally got to see it last week, [...]

Rethinking the Global Village

I happened upon a strange television show recently. (Like every man of a certain outlook, I have to hurry in here and urge that "I never watch TV," which is true, actually.) It was a Disney production, I think, and it had been prepared for children. It was set in a sort of Hogwarts school [...]

Our Age’s Reigning Sin: Now on DVD

Periodically I hear or read of a film that's a "must-see" for Catholics. Depending on who's recommending it, I'll find out that the film is essential because it:   Affirms the sanctity of life. (Bella) Celebrates the fundamental goodness of every person, even the simplest. (Forrest Gump) Dramatizes a sacramental vision of life. (Babette's Feast) [...]

Watching and Waiting

In late November, the air is ripe with motherly anxiety as many of us brace ourselves to "do" Christmas one more time. We ready ourselves for more shopping, more decorating, more entertaining, and more baking. And year after year, despite our best-laid plans and intentions, many of us wind up feeling controlled by materialism, pressured [...]

Pavarotti, a Voice That Will Never Die

  We all awakened this morning to the news that the greatest voice of our generation, Luciano Pavarotti, had died.   The sound of his voice is something that I have carried inside my head since my early 20s, when I first heard him sing La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera. I heard him sing [...]

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