US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Jason Isbell's brilliant lyrics describe the struggle of blue collar life

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The release of Jason Isbell’s Something More Than Free was as much of a mainstream media event as one can expect in this age of audience fragmentation. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard charts in country, rock, and folk, and it garnered Isbell profiles everywhere from The New Yorker to NPR.  


Isolated brothers rely on movies and each other in ‘The Wolfpack'

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The Wolfpack
Directed by Crystal Moselle (Kotva Films, 2015)
After watching Star Wars as kids, no wrapping paper roll in my house was safe; my brothers and I stole them for light saber battles. The Wolfpack opens with a similar scene of kids recreating movies, but only slowly does this documentary reveal the strange necessity of their movie play. 
 

Is social justice the same as socialism?

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Lately there have been accusations that a church with a social justice mission is one that supports socialism.

Conservative TV personality Glenn Beck told Christians, "I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice' or ‘economic justice' on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. . . . If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish. Go alert your bishop."


Our health care system needs a heart transplant

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And our politicians need a brain transplant. Universal health care is the most compassionate option we have, argues a Catholic doctor, and it’s the smartest, most economical solution as well.

The Congo’s killing fields

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Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.


Joanna Newsom's love for the world

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Divers
Joanna Newsom (Drag City, 2015)
 

Where does scripture come from?

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How the Bible Became Holy
By Michael L. Satlow (Yale University Press, 2014)

Let them read books

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In 2012, exactly two weeks after Trayvon Martin was shot to death for being young and black and wearing a hoodie, I sat in a dark theater watching children as young as 13 years old kill each other in The Hunger Games. While the movie hit a little too close to home, that didn’t seem to be the case for the room packed with teenagers, who broke out in cheers every time another contestant fell by the wayside, leaving Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the movie’s heroes, one step closer to victory.


Gerard Manley Hopkins’ strange and pious lens

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“Glory be to God for dappled things.” So begins “Pied Beauty,” a poem by 19th-century Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins. The poem praises God with the observation that “all things counter, original, spare, strange” are worthy of appreciation rather than derision. Packed with fresh imagery delivered through tight syntax, the poem feels out-of-time, the work of an imaginative author in love with God. 


Our obsession with food media

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I think a lot of about food. I check out books from the library about the history of particular food cultures and flip through magazines devoted to covering recipes and food-related travel. When not writing for the magazine in your hands, I write some of those articles myself. 


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