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March 21, 2014
'Divergent' review
By Carl Kozlowski

I grew up in the 1980s, when teen movies were an enormous moneymaker for Hollywood thanks largely to John Hughes. He created an incredible string of hits that have passed the test of time: “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” were just three of his fun, touching and indelible portraits of what it’s like to be a teenager with all its angst-ridden drama.

But they truly don’t make ‘em like they used to. Flash-forward 30 years, and the...

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March 21, 2014
Your progress in mental prayer
By Joe Tremblay

What Mental Prayer is Not:

Unlike yoga or other Eastern spiritual practices, meditation, in a Catholic context, cannot be reduced to a technique. It is not like a gadget in which certain buttons are pushed so as to get a result. Neither can it be said that mental prayer is simply a methodology in which certain steps are carried out in order to produce a certain effect. No. Christian meditation is deeply personal in that it largely depends on the spiritual and moral disposition of the...

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March 21, 2014
Thirsting for clean water
By Tony Magliano

We turn on our faucets and out comes water – clean, refreshing, plentiful, life-sustaining water. But we rarely give it a thought. We just tend to take for granted that it will always be there. We even forget to thank God – the well-spring of life.

But for 768 million fellow human beings, clean plentiful water is a distant dream, cites the United Nations. For them, the water they drink, cook with, and bath in, is polluted and often disease ridden, and must be carried long distances in...

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March 20, 2014
Advancing the roles of women in the Church
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The Church continues to be at a loss as to how to advance the roles of women in its administrative structures. While the Church does not see its way to the priestly and episcopal ordination of women, some responsible scholars have argued that there exist no doctrinal reasons impeding women from being ordained to the diaconate. Likewise, the question of appointing women to the College of Cardinals – since this does not require holy orders – has been raised intermittently since the...

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March 20, 2014
Individual confession and Pope Francis
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

During the pontificate of the warrior Pope Julius II, in 1510, Martin Luther visited Rome. On entering the city, he dropped to his knees, exclaiming “Salve, Sancta Roma!” He was in awe of this great city. Here Peter and Paul had walked. Here both apostles preached the Gospel. Here the Prince of the Apostles and the Apostle to the Gentiles both died for the faith. Luther went to Rome with pious thoughts of martyrs and saints. He left the city disappointed. The young monk from Erfurt had...

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March 19, 2014
Joseph’s Annunciation
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In all likelihood, most of us would not make important decisions based on a dream we had. According to psychoanalysts, dreams tell us a truth about ourselves but in confusing ways.  The individual must decode the images so that the truth will emerge clearly.  In the psychological thriller, “Spellbound,” and in the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” this is what happens thanks to dream sequences.  But make a decision over a dream?

Joseph’s Dilemma

The Matthean Gospel narrative is...

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March 18, 2014
'Cosmos' and one more telling of the tired myth
By Father Robert Barron

Seth MacFarlane, well known atheist and cartoonist, is the executive producer of the remake of “Cosmos,” which recently made its national debut. The first episode featured, along with the science, an animated feature dealing with the sixteenth century Dominican friar Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake by Church officials. A brooding statue of Bruno stands today in the Campo de’ Fiori in Rome on the very spot where the unfortunate friar was put to death. In MacFarlane’s...

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March 14, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Need For Speed' and 'Bad Words'
By Carl Kozlowski

This weekend marks the release of two films I had reasonably high hopes for, due to their lead actors. Unfortunately, the highest of hopes can be dashed by harsh realities, and the ugly truth about the new chase thriller “Need for Speed” and the vile new comedy “Bad Words” is that they are truly awful rather than awesome.

In fact, they’re so bad that they almost made me decide to quit reviewing movies and seek a new career path. Even when watching them for free, and getting...

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March 14, 2014
The Screwtape Letters: The road to heaven or hell
By Joe Tremblay

The Screwtape Letters is a book authored by C.S. Lewis. Released in 1942, Lewis incorporates his spiritual and theological insights into a correspondence between the Devil, who goes by the name of Screwtape, and his demon nephew named Wormwood. The “Enemy” Screwtape refers to time and time again is, of course, God. Although the book is technically fiction, it is, nevertheless, non-fiction in that it illustrates real spiritual principles based on a solid understanding of human...

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March 13, 2014
Mercy comes to life on the big screen in 'Noah'
By Raymond L. Flynn

The movie adaption of Noah had my wife Kathy saying while leaving the theater, "I am going home to read the Bible." A pretty inspiring reaction to a movie, I thought. Wouldn't it be nice if Hollywood made more movies like "Noah," which will have people leaving theaters saying things like that? 

When people watch this movie, I am convinced that it will lead to a broader discussion about the Bible among believers and non-believers alike. The last time a movie was made about a big and famous...

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April 18, 2014

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First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
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