Space invaders: What's behind our obsession with aliens on the big and little screens?

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Recent films and TV series shine a light on the plight of aliens among us.

Television and movie screens were chock-full of aliens this summer: scary extraterrestrials cast as villainous invaders bent on humanity’s annihilation or hapless intergalactic travelers victimized by our own inhumanity to strangers.


Movie review: Catholicism

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Directed by Matt Leonard (A Word on Fire/Picture Show Films Production, 2011)

Father Robert Barron, a Chicago priest who has appeared often in the pages of this magazine, finally brought his years-in-the-making Catholicism Project to public TV this fall. Up to 70 percent of PBS stations aired or will air four episodes; the series of 10 DVDs is for sale at Wordonfire.org with a companion book and a study guide.


Book Review: Handbook of Saints for Catholic Moms

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A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
by Lisa M. Hendey
(Ave Maria, 2011)

Lisa Hendey has put together a very inspiring, practical guide to the saints designed especially for Catholic mothers.


Visions of hell: Depictions of hell in art

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Fra Angelico - The Last Judgement (Winged Altar) - Google Art Project
Fra Angelico [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Book Review: Allah, Liberty, and Love

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By Irshad Manji
(Free Press, 2011)

The title may catch your eye, but don’t let it fool you. Irshad Manji’s book is not just for and about Muslims. Subtitled “The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom,” it is really about moral courage, or “the willingness to speak truth to power . . . for the sake of a greater good,” as Manji describes the term, relying on Robert F. Kennedy’s definition. In that sense, the book is for all who hope to make the world a better place.


Book Review: Allah, Liberty, and Love

By Megan Sweas| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
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The title may catch your eye, but don’t let it fool you. Irshad Manji’s book is not just for and about Muslims. Subtitled “The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom,” it is really about moral courage, or “the willingness to speak truth to power . . . for the sake of a greater good,” as Manji describes the term, relying on Robert F. Kennedy’s definition. In that sense, the book is for all who hope to make the world a better place.


Book Review: Great American Catholic Eulogies

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Compiled by Carol DeChant
(ACTA, 2011)

Like any good eulogy, this book focuses not only on death, but on life. Carol DeChant gathers 50 eulogies that mark the passing of Catholics in America, in which “we get real glimpses of life’s meaning and our own,” says the undertaker poet Thomas Lynch in the worth-the-price-of-the-book foreword.


USC Book Club: Streams of Contentment

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October 2011:

Streams of Contentment: Lessons I Learned on My Uncle's Farm

By Robert J. Wicks

Review: The word contentment in the title may not be strong enough to shoulder all of the wise and helpful insights that Robert Wicks has stuffed into this small book. “Life is simpler than we make it,” he says at the outset. Then in 15 brief chapters and a month of five-minutes-a-day reflections, he demonstrates, through stories and self-deprecating humor, how to focus on what’s really important. 


Movie Review: The Debt

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Directed by John Madden (Marv Films, 2010)

John Madden’s cagey thriller about three Mossad agents sent to capture a Nazi war criminal hiding out in East Berlin raises ethical questions and goose bumps galore. Young Rachel Singer (Jessica Chastain), Stephan Gould (Marton Csokas), and David Peretz (Sam Worthington) must figure out how to kidnap the monstrous “Surgeon of Birkenau” (Jesper Christensen) and sneak the murderous physician over the Berlin Wall and back to Israel for a public trial.


The Bread of Angels: A Journey to Love and Faith

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By Stephanie Saldaña (Anchor Books, 2011)

The Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia and spread into Egypt and Libya, has become a seemingly inexorable movement. With the late-summer protests in Syria and Qaddafi’s fall in Libya, Stephanie Saldaña’s memoir of her 2004-2005 Fulbright year in Syria is timely and welcome.


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