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 →

Jacob Jordaens, The Bean King (The King Drinks) The Phat Man Challenge

One Fat Tuesday during my dissolute youth, I accepted an invitation to participate in an annual eating contest known as the Phat Man Challenge. The test: eat a 1.5 lb triple cheeseburger and a 1.5 lb plate of chili cheese fries in 25 minutes. The prize: everlasting glory, and a t-shirt. After 24 and a half minutes, feeling sicker than I’d ever felt... [Read more...]

Niagara Falls Ere the Final Falls

Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final post in a series highlighting the corporal and spiritual works of mercy during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The souls of the just are in the hands of God and no torment may touch them. It seemed in the eyes of the foolish that they were dead … but they are at peace. (Wis 3:1–3) Boromir, shot with many... [Read more...]

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