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March 13, 2014
St. Patrick's Day and a forgotten tradition
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The understanding of Ireland and Irish identity that many Irish-Americans labor under was set out memorably by Professor Thomas Corcoran of University College Dublin in an essay in the 1920s in which he wrote: “The Irish Nation is the Gaelic nation; its language and literature is the Gaelic language; its history is the history of the Gael. All other elements have no place in Irish national life, literature, and tradition.”

F.S.L. Lyons, a distinguished historian at Trinity College...

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March 12, 2014
Ukraine and Religious Faith
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

During these past two weeks, the chilling conflict between Russia and Ukraine has escalated over the eastern Ukrainian province of Crimea. This volatile stand-off is changing by the day. 

This is a four-hundred year conflict. Tensions between these two Slavic countries have flared up once again, this time during Vladimir Putin’s presidency. The issue is not just political and economic but religious as well, all knotted together. 

Last week, Metropolitan-Archbishop Sviatoslav Schevchuk,...

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March 10, 2014
Take up your electric chair
By Father Joshua Allen

“If anyone whishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

On the evening of Ash Wednesday, I went to the home of a family from the parish and watched the new movie “Mary of Nazareth.” For me, two scenes were of particular interest. The first was the Annunciation – it was the first time I have ever seen someone attempt to depict it. Frankly, it was a little creepy. Gabriel had a man’s voice and a woman’s body. I get the whole...

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March 10, 2014
Lent and the Purple Monster
By Russell Shaw

I was a little shy of ten years old when I had what may have been my most spiritually profitable Lent ever. Looking back now, I can see clearly that I owed that to my mother. And “The Purple Monster.”

A short time before, my parents had taken the significant step of letting me to go to the movies by myself. That meant that every Friday after supper I trooped off to the local movie palace with a gang of neighborhood kids and plunked down my quarter to see a cowboy movie and the latest...

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March 07, 2014
Movie Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel
By Carl Kozlowski

Over the course of seven prior films, Wes Anderson has co-written and directed some of the most unique movies of our time. From “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” through “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” his films create entire worlds of their own with highly eccentric characters, stylish dialogue, unpredictable plotlines and lavishly detailed production...

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March 07, 2014
Death Smiles At Us All
By Joe Tremblay

“Death smiles at us all, but all a man can do is smile back.” These were the words of the Roman Emperor and philosopher, Marcus Aurelius in the second century A.D. What the pagan philosopher stated in theory, the early Christians did in practice. Death was an enigma for pagans, but for Christians, it was seen as the road to eternal life. This is why the early Christians were full of hope; even as they were being led to their execution.

Indeed, the most celebrated of the early Christians,...

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March 06, 2014
Proclaiming Liberty to the Captives
By Kevin Burke

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. Luke 4:18

A series of large steel doors shut ominously behind me on the morning of Jan. 8, 2014, as I entered the Martin Correctional Institution (MCI) located in Indiantown, Fla. Many of the inmates here will spend a good portion of their lives behind the barbed wire walls of this maximum security prison. All have been involved in serious...

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March 05, 2014
The Color Purple
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The color purple has a regal history, rich in symbolism. In our own country, the Purple Heart carries significance beyond the present, for it is awarded to those men and women in the Military who have been wounded or killed in battle. Their courage was ‘grace under fire.’ Since the first award given in 1932, almost 2 million service men and women have been honored with the Purple Heart.

As Lent begins, the color purple, rich in symbolism, assumes center stage in the Church’s...

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February 28, 2014
'Non-Stop' Movie Review
By Carl Kozlowski

It’s easy for film critics like me to get caught inside their own self-absorbed bubbles, taking movies way too seriously without remembering that their first job is to let the average Joes and Janes out there know whether a film will deliver on its simple job to entertain. We pick apart performances, lighting, music – but sometimes all that really matters is whether a movie made people laugh, cry or jump out of their seats with excitement.

This week, I was reminded of that vital component...

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February 28, 2014
Lamentations: When God is Silent
By Joe Tremblay

If God were to stop listening to our prayers, he would be just in doing so; our sins against him would be sufficient to merit such a response. Yet, when he does deign to answer our petitions, his mercy is at work. It is important to remember that his helping hand, which reaches down from the heights of heaven, is not compelled by justice nor is it merited by what we deserve. No. the help we get, which proceeds from his Fatherly love, is totally gratuitous.

But even when our prayers seemed to...

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April 18, 2014

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