US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Love to Live

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The Living Sisters (Vanguard, 2010)

Nearly eight years ago in a cramped, dimly lit room illuminated by a few strings of white Christmas lights, I first became acquainted with the music of L.A.-based singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell. She was touring to promote her fifth album, Country for True Lovers.


God is Not One

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By Stephen Prothero (HarperOne, 2010)

In the comparative study of religion, there are two main lines of thought, both of which use the analogy of mountain climbing. One is that all religions take different routes up the same mountain and will meet at the peak, be it God or whatever you call it. The other is that adherents of each religion climb their own mountain. Not only are their paths unique, but the ultimate goal is as well.


Leave Your Sleep

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Natalie Merchant (Nonesuch Records, 2010)


Babies

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Babies directed by Thomas Balmés (Focus Features, 2010)

The Green Zone

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The Green Zone
Directed by Paul Greengrass (Universal Pictures, 2010)

The Greek dramatist Aeschylus wrote, "In war, truth is the first casualty." But in America's war in Iraq the truth had been slain before the first bombs or boots hit the ground. In director Paul Greengrass' compelling thriller about soldiers looking for weapons of mass destruction, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his men begin to suspect they have been fed a steady diet of lies.


The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life

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The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life By James Martin, S.J. (HarperOne, 2010)

“Who is St. Ignatius Loyola, what is a Jesuit, and why should you care?” Concise, factual answers to the first two questions can be readily found in James Martin’s book, but it’s his consideration of the third that provides the heft for this guide to all things Jesuit.


Here Lies Love

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David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (Nonesuch Records, 2010)

I lost interest in David Byrne about 20 years ago. After the Talking Heads, he became a hipster imperialist, pasting his neuroses over the borrowed authenticity of one foreign, non-white culture or another. Call him the poor man’s Paul Simon.


Letters to God

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Letters to God (Mercy Creek Entertainment, 2010)

Ever wonder what happens to the letters children mail to Santa? Imagine the dilemma the mailman faces when a confident boy of 8 hands him letters addressed to God.


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