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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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The Song of Bernadette: A Second Look at a Catholic Classic

Those who know me know that I am a devotee of old films, particularly those from the 1940s and ’50s. As such, I am often to be found cruising digital TV channels such as GetTV and Movies! which air the old classics (with commercial interruptions, alas). This past week I was surprised to catch the […]


Christmas classics: 5 films for you and your family to rediscover

As we celebrate the supreme gift of the Incarnation, and ponder again the miraculous love of our God, Who comes into our little human lives at Christmas and makes Himself one of us, it is also a great time to treasure the simple things that are dear to us, that make memories, and that fill […]

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Star Wars Vocation: Did the Jedi Lead Me to Seminary?

Did watching Star Wars as a kid make me want to become a priest?  Yes it did, at least indirectly. Of course, watching Star Wars made me want to try lots of things.  For example, I once attempted to “use the Force” to telekinetically lift an object in the back yard – just to be […]


The Gospel According to Spider-Man

Okay y’all: Spider-Man is my favorite super hero. He has terrible luck, his powers seem to get him into more trouble than they get him out of, he’s a big nerd, and he rather seldom “gets the girl.” In spite of all this, he chooses to get up every day and try to save the […]

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