US Catholic Faith in Real Life

‘Call the Midwife’ shows life on screen

‘Call the Midwife' brings us nuns who are sharp-eyed observers of their community.

By Pamela Hill Nettleton |
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Childbirth on television is not, shall we say, precisely accurate. Hollywood seems to consider a new human being’s arrival on the planet to be utterly lacking in dramatic tension and so for decades has embroidered television and film stories about labor and delivery with implausible narrative flourishes apparently aimed at injecting excitement into something that is, in actuality, pretty darn exciting all on its own.


A field guide for Catholics

Being a good Catholic isn't about specific devotional practices, but instead about what these practices say about our relationship with God.

By Emily Sanna |
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Flipping through the pages of Melissa Musick and Anna Keating’s The Catholic Catalogue : A Field Guide to the Daily Acts That Make Up a Catholic Life, I immediately thought, “Wow, I must be a bad Catholic.” I’m not big on the veneration of relics, I’ve never blessed my home, and I don’t have a “Mary garden.” 


Turning the tables on romantic comedies

In ‘Hello, My Name is Doris,’ an older woman and a younger man flip the expected romantic comedy script.

By Pamela Hill Nettleton |
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Audiences like Sally Field. They really, really like her. And in her new film, Hello, My Name Is Doris (Roadside Attractions, 2016), she is poignantly human, wonderfully funny, and enormously touching. While she is on the screen, which is nearly constantly, there is nowhere else to look.


The literary lives of the Inklings

‘The Fellowship’ invites readers into the lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their friends.

By Kenneth McIntosh |
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The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings
By Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2015)

‘Hamilton’ surpasses description with a revolutionary history

You seriously haven’t lived until you’ve heard a cabinet meeting in rap battle form.

By Molly Jo Rose |
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At a White House poetry jam event in 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda took the stage in front of Michelle and Barack and briefly introduced his then current project.


A little guide to thoughtful prayer

Take steps toward a more prayerful life by immersing yourself in Teresa of Avila's words.

By A. Regina Schulte |
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The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book
By Vinita Hampton Wright (Paraclete Press, 2015)

Teresa of Avila was a 16th century Carmelite nun, mystic, and reformer of convent life. Today she is a canonized saint and doctor of the church. She regularly experienced visions and ecstasies. But do her teachings have anything to offer those of us whose spirituality is in the realm of the more ordinary?


‘Spotlight’ speaks truth to power

‘Spotlight’ is more about a blunder of journalistic responsibility than scandal.

By Danny Duncan Collum |
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“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.” In the movie Spotlight, those words, spoken almost in passing by a victims’ attorney, Mitchell Garabedian (played by Stanley Tucci), come to carry the main moral weight of the film. 
 
Spotlight depicts the 2002 Boston Globe investigation of sex abuse by priests that eventually led to the removal of Cardinal Bernard Law and initiated a long overdue age of reckoning for the church at large.
 

‘Song of a Christian Sufi’ and the many paths to God

The greatest gift of ‘Song of a Christian Sufi’ is the way it weaves together the commonalities of the two faith traditions.

By Jessie Bazan |
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Song of a Christian Sufi
By Marietta Bahri Della Penna (Anamchara Books, 2014)

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