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Not Another Summer Blockbuster

Independence Day

As a child of the nineties, there is little that tops the nostalgia invoked by a cheezy, mindless, summer action flick—especially when it strains all credulity. Enter Independence Day. Thankfully, this story isn’t going away anytime soon, like any cornball classic. But, beyond the stereotypical characters, the absurd lines, and the inexplicable... [Read more...]

Small Talk

Walter Reed Hospital

  How are you doing? Ok. Do you play a sport? Yeah. Which one? Soccer. Do you like music? Yeah. What’s your favorite band? I like a lot of bands. Yeah, what’s one of them? [some band I don’t know] Oh, I don’t know them. The above exchange is how small talk often goes between a youth group leader and member. It takes a while to build rapport... [Read more...]

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Quiet in the City

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You’ll find it written on several signs throughout one of the major hospitals in New York City: “Quiet helps our patients rest and recover.” Some floors of the hospital also promote a daily “quiet hour” from 3:00 to 4:00 each afternoon with the slogan: “Quiet hour promotes wellness and healing.” Taking the point even further, one floor features posters praising the benefits of “Quietude.” Whether the words are real or made-up, the... [Read more...]

Are Saints Just Catholic Celebrities?

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Are saints just Catholic celebrities?  In some ways they seem similar. Hollywood and the Vatican each place certain people in the public eye, even though they promote different kinds of people and values. Also, like celebrities many saints were born with incredible talent, or into wealthy families. Thomas Aquinas fulfills both categories—he was both exceptionally intelligent and a cousin of the Holy Roman Emperor. The one thing, however, which... [Read more...]

On Living Large

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Notes for preaching re: Solemnity of SS. Peter and Paul, June 29th: Step 1. Summarize/repeat Gospel passage. Step 2. Note: Peter wasn’t always the Pope. Recount various Petrine foot-in-mouth episodes. (NB: Great potential for laughs/comic relief.) Step 3. Note: Peter is not so different from us, etc. Encourage listeners to relate and identify. Step 4. Point out that, just as with Peter, God has a plan for each of us despite our own shortcomings.... [Read more...]

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