Politics with Principle: 10 Characters with Character

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Politics with Principle: 10 Characters with Character by Michael Kerrigan (Wheatmark, 2010)

 

It’s not often that one hears a rational discussion of virtue in politics. 


Paths to prayer: A Field Guide to Ten Catholic Traditions

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Paths to Prayer: A Field Guide to Ten Catholic Traditions by Pat Fosarelli (Ave Maria Press, 2010)

Have you ever heard someone speak of “Augustian spirituality” or “Ignatian Spirituality” or “Dominican spirituality” and not been sure exactly what he was talking about? What does it mean to speak about different schools of spiritual thought?


How bland thou art

By Jerry Bleem, O.F.M.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Art and Architecture Parish Life

Editors' note: Sounding Board is one person’s take on a many-sided subject and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Tangled

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Tangled
Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard (Disney, 2010)

Like dozens of its predecessors, Disney’s 50th animated feature film transforms a fairy tale about a princess in distress into a sweet, heartwarming musical painted with a palette Monet would envy. Chockfull of Broadway tunes and endearing animal sidekicks, this lushly animated and decidedly un-Grimm version of Rapunzel is, well, Disney-esque. The one-two punch of beauty and charm still works some pretty sweet magic, and Tangled does not disappoint.


The Star of Christmas

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The Star of Christmas By Maria T DiVencenzo with illustrations by Elaine S. Verstraete (Winterlake Press, 2009)

Opening the Christmas tree box is an emotional experience in our home. Nestled inside last year’s newspapers are fragile handmade ornaments from our children and treasured gifts from distant friends or relatives that have passed away. Each ornament laden with happy memories.


The Unsheltered Heart: An At-Home Advent Retreat

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The Unsheltered Heart: An At-Home Advent Retreat by Ronald Patrick Raab, C.S.C. (Ave Maria Press, 2010)

At first glance, the title of this book is not the most enticing approach to a retreat: Does one not enter into a retreat with the purpose of finding calm and peace? Don’t we expect the results of reflection to be direction, comfort, protection, even answers from God? Shelter from heartbreak is the very thing we seek when approaching God.


Write About Love

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Write About Love
By Belle and Sebastian
(Matador Records, 2010)

 

I have a really bad attitude about the clever, collegiate, and self-consciously catchy indie-pop bands that overpopulate the music programming of National Public Radio. Every time I hear the stuff I get an urge to crank up some ZZ Top.


Hereafter

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Hereafter
Directed by Clint Eastwood (Warner Brothers, 2010)

For almost half a century Clint Eastwood has been making films about death, but nearly all of these movies have been violent adventures in which death arrives as an apocalyptic horseman of vengeance, punishment, or damnation. Now, at long last, the octogenarian filmmaker is taking a curious, unblinking look at death as loss and wondering—in a way his earlier films rarely did—what it is like for those left behind in its wake.


Full of Grace

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Full of Grace
By Judith Dupré
Random House, 2010

Books about Mary often become a cover for a particular ideology. If the devil can quote scripture, then any writer can build a case for a particular shade of belief using the Mother of God. Refreshingly, with Full of Grace no label came to mind.


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