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June 12, 2014
Need a key to the Trinity? Start with Jesus
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Trinity is a mystery. (Popular translation: The Trinity is a complicated, inexplicable – and not particularly exciting or spiritually relevant – doctrine.)

The Trinity is indeed a mystery, but not in the sense of being a giant theological puzzle, but – according to the theological meaning of the word “mystery” – a reality so rich, bright, multifaceted, and all-encompassing that we can never fully take in.

There are many ways to begin to understand the Trinity. The...

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June 11, 2014
A tribute to fathers and to the Triune God
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

This year, Father’s Day and the feast of the Most Holy Trinity fall on the same day.  First, some thoughts on Father’s Day.

‘The father-child relation is irreplaceable.’ Every day of his life, President Obama lives with this reality, for he grew up without his father’s presence and without his father’s love. Recently in Chicago, he lamented that “in entire neighborhoods like Hyde Park, young boys and teenage boys don’t see an example of fathers or grandfathers who are in a...

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June 10, 2014
Film review: 'Third Person'
By Carl Kozlowski

In 2004, a writer-director named Paul Haggis took Hollywood by surprise when he released the movie “Crash,” a highly charged take on racial relations in Los Angeles that went on to win the Best Picture Oscar and place him near the top of the industry’s hottest directors. Interweaving the travails of numerous Angelenos of every race and gender as they fell into one culture clash after another, that movie had a visceral impact on moviegoers and critics.

The beauty of the movie, and...

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June 09, 2014
Nakedness or Nudity
By Alice von Hildebrand

When God completed the six days of creation, He saw that “it was very good.” Indeed, everything coming out of the Divine Hand reflects, however modestly, the perfections of the Creator. From sun and stars to the smallest insect, all His works sing His glory. This “goodness” clearly refers to the ontological perfection of existence, and not to moral perfection, for the plain reason that matter is matter is neither morally good nor morally evil. This should be kept in mind, for...

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June 06, 2014
Movie review: 'The Fault In Our Stars'
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s been a void in movie theaters in the past 26 years since John Hughes wrote and produced “Some Kind of Wonderful,” his last flick aimed specifically at teenagers. That movie ended a string of six films – including “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “Pretty in Pink” – that portrayed teens with a level of respect, intelligence, humor and warmth that was unprecedented in Hollywood.

Since then, teens have kept going to the movies, but aside...

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June 04, 2014
The Gift of a Lifetime
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the court of justice, lawyers mediate, advocate, and plead for their clients.  They stand with and for them.  An advocate is one who is called to help someone in need of counsel.  They help them make wise decisions.   In Italian, the word for lawyer is avvocato.  The Greek word parakletos is a legal term signifying advocate, helper, and mediator. 

When Jesus told the Twelve at the Last Supper: “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever,” he...

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It’s hard being a parent these days, with 500 channels on television and countless ways for kids to see movies. This weekend, a couple of wildly different movies hit theaters – one, “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” that no kids should be allowed within 500 yards of, and the other, “Maleficent,” that is intended for kids but might terrify those under 8 or 10 years of age.

Let’s start with “Million,” a Western spoof in the vein of “Blazing Saddles,” and is...

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May 29, 2014
Crisis in the news business
By Russell Shaw

It was a week that began with the management of The New York Times forcing out the paper’s executive editor after just three years. A few days later, exhibiting what can only be called eccentric news judgment, page one of The Washington Post featured one story on trendy restaurants for upscale Washingtonians and another on teenage rodeos in Maryland. Dull items like Ukraine and Syria and kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls were nowhere in sight.

Think that things have gotten kind of weird...

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May 29, 2014
Cardinal Kasper, Continued
By Fr. Gerald Murray

The effort by Cardinal Walter Kasper to change the Church’s discipline regarding the inadmissibility of divorced and remarried Catholics to Sacramental Communion – and thus necessarily her teaching on the nature of sin – continues apace. Having argued before an assembly of cardinals in Rome in February that the Church’s immemorial discipline of refusing to give Holy Communion to those living in an adulterous second marriage must be cast aside, Cardinal Kasper has taken to promoting...

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May 28, 2014
Reflections on Catholic education
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the 1986 film, “Hannah’s Sisters,” Woody Allen, its producer and director, also plays the role of Mickey who bemoans his fragmented life.  He has had his fill of breakdown. Negation, no more! Thinking that the Catholic Church will bring meaning to his life, Mickey visits a priest who asks “Why do you want to become a Catholic?”  “It’s such a beautiful religion, it’s such a strong religion, and it’s so well structured,” replies Mickey in his Brooklyn twang....

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