11202249_ori Macbeth & the Culture of Life

It may seem absurd to leave after seeing director Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation of Macbeth and to think, “Now that’s pro-life.” That is because, true to the Shakespearean original, the film abounds with violence and blackened, gory blood. The eponymous character’s name rhymes with death, and his tragedy traffics in it. A cast of fresh corpses... [Read more...]

maxresdefault Culture-War Vertigo? Free-Solo Fear? Mind the Rock

Alex Honnold is a 29-year-old rock climbing prodigy. He is the only climber ever to have completed the Yosemite Triple. That’s 7,000 feet of sheer wall in one day. His climbs are absolutely stunning. Take just one example: Moonlight Buttress, called “Moonlight” for short, a climb with 700 feet of splitter finger crack—that’s climber lingo... [Read more...]

1798 ---  by William Holland --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS What is Culture to the Christian?

Those on the outside have the most to complain about. The political party in the minority criticizes the governance of the majority. The losing team bemoans unfair odds and an unbalanced field. The little guy speaks of what he would do differently if only he were in charge. And, increasingly, we Christians grow frustrated with the decline of culture.... [Read more...]

8581_Pluralism-Photomontage-628x309 Our Daily Culture Shock

Alienation, nervous excitement, homesick melancholy, wonder, anxiety, isolation—the experience of culture shock is nothing if not complex. The lone tourist, the exchange student, the refugee, and the immigrant are the most susceptible, but perhaps you feel a tinge of it yourself right now. Are you home? [Read more…]  Read More →

the-council-chamber-1890 A Universal Memory

In his discussion on the virtue of prudence, St. Thomas Aquinas follows Cicero in describing the power of memory as a part of prudence. Memory, defined by St. Thomas as the ability to make present that which is not currently apprehended, informs our decision making. We can all relate to this. Our past experiences affect how we respond to present situations.... [Read more...]

22952935322_253be2235b_k Holding Out for God

What is it that we desire? With today’s O Antiphon, the Church invokes our Savior as “the King of the nations and their desired.” While it is true that the desire for a savior is present in all men, does the savior we meet in Jesus Christ satisfy the expectations and preconceived notions we’ve built up in association with that desire? Popular... [Read more...]

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