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“Hail, Caesar!”: A Divine Comedy?

Note: This movie review is part of a continuing series of articles on Catholicism and art. I’m resistant to current movies as a rule, vastly preferring the old classics, but I recently decided to take a chance on Joel and Ethan Coen’s Hail, Caesar! I had heard of the film’s religious subtext and was intrigued […]

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Stop Trying to Make Perfection Happen. It’s Not Going to Happen.

Seriously, guys.  I know how tough this is.  I am pretty sure this is something that most of us struggle with.  But think of it this way: Only God is perfect (and Mary, of course).  No human being is capable of achieving perfection, and to live life under the notion that you have to be […]

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The Glorious Mysteries of Heinrich Biber

Virtuoso violinist and musical mystic, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704) wrote flamboyantly colorful music which exudes a distinctively Catholic spirit. The Baroque era, of which he was a leading light, was dedicated to the idea that music had the power to express universal human emotions and states of the soul.  Not only vocal music, but instrumental as […]

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Becoming Like Children

“When you love someone, you want to touch them.” That was the answer of a second grader at a First Holy Communion Mass when asked why we receive the Eucharist.  At first, this answer sounds a bit odd…a bit simple.  But think about this for a moment.  We love God so, so much, yes? We […]

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The Great Man

The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia affected me rather strongly, as I had long admired both him and his son, Fr. Paul Scalia, a priest in my diocese.  Mind you, I am not someone who takes an especially profound interest in politics or the law.  For me Justice Scalia was a cultural and intellectual […]

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