The Adjustment Bureau

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The Adjustment Bureau
Directed by George Nolfi (Universal Pictures, 2011)

In director George Nolfi’s movie version of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi tale, Matt Damon is once again on the run from powerful bureaucrats in dark suits and narrow ties. This time, however, the star of the Bourne films is not being pursued by government officials and assassins but agents from a more secret and metaphysical office: folks employed by the fates to keep our individual lives in line with some bigger plan being worked out on the top floor.


Pathway to Our Hearts: A Simple Approach to Lectio Divina With the Sermon on the Mount

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Pathway to Our Hearts: A Simple Approach to Lectio Divina With the Sermon on the Mount by Archbishop Thomas Collins (Ave Maria Press, 2011)

"Lectio divina is a prayerful encounter with the word of God," Archbishop Thomas Collins states. "By the 'word of God,' I do not mean simply the text of the Bible; I also mean Christ our Lord."


Inside Job

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Inside Job
Directed by Charles Ferguson (Sony Pictures Classics, 2010)

While accepting the Oscar in February for his extraordinary documentary, Charles Ferguson noted that two years into a global economic meltdown caused by massive financial fraud, not one person or company had been accused of a crime.


Adult Faith

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Adult Faith: Growing in Wisdom and Understanding by: Diarmuid O'Murchu (Orbis Books, 2010).

Catholics wondering when their church will rise from scandal’s ashes can take heart. The change they desire is already present and growing like the gospel mustard seed. The roots of this movement are scattered but taking hold.


Fragments of Your Ancient Name

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Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation 
By Joyce Rupp (Sorin Books, 2011)

Litanies, or the repeating of various names of Jesus or Mary, as a form of prayer has a long tradition in the Catholic Church. In Fragments of Your Ancient Name, Joyce Rupp explores 365 names for God - one for each day of the year.


Sporting faith at the movies: A review of Soul Surfer

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Whether it's a Christian film, a family film, or a sports film, Soul Surfer aims to inspire.

 

Bethany Hamilton’s story is an amazing one, and she is happy that the movie telling it, Soul Surfer, gets the two most important things in her life right: her faith and her sport. 


Let England Shake

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Let England Shake
P.  J. Harvey (Vagrant Records, 2011)

England’s reputation as an island of eccentrics is longstanding, and for the past two decades P. J. Harvey has done her bit to uphold it. Polly Jean comes by it naturally, having been raised on a sheep farm by hippie artist parents who exposed her to the weirdest man in rock and roll, Harvey’s childhood hero, Captain Beefheart. She emerged in the early ’90s, displaying a gift for bizarre hairdos and costumes, a constantly re-invented musical style, and—to me—utterly inscrutable lyrics.


Of God and men

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Of Gods and Men
Directed by Xavier Beauvois (Why Not Productions, 2011)

While accepting an award for his film, the French director of “Of Gods and Men” said, “I don't want people to say bad things about Muslims in [France’s] upcoming electoral campaign. I want us to be together with them—that's the lesson of this film.”


On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men

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On the Threshold of Transformation: Daily Meditations for Men by Father Richard Rohr (Loyola Press, 2010)

Think and Act Anew

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Think and Act Anew
By Father Larry Snyder (Orbis, 2010)

“If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day,” goes the old saying, “but if you teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities U.S.A., knows firsthand the truth of that saying, and his insight and experience dealing with poverty and social justice offer much to his book, subtitled How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do About It. For his reader it is a “fishing pole” of information and action.


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