‘Call the Midwife' brings us nuns who are sharp-eyed observers of their community.
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.
Being a good Catholic isn't about specific devotional practices, but instead about what these practices say about our relationship with God.
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.”
In ‘Hello, My Name is Doris,’ an older woman and a younger man flip the expected romantic comedy script.
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.
T.J. Wray’s fresh take on biblical women inspires discussion on the intersections of faith, dogma, and humanity.
Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament
By T.J. Wray (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016)
‘The Fellowship’ invites readers into the lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and their friends.
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings
By Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2015)
People with intellectual disabilities should be treated as full members of the church.
Reconsidering Intellectual Disability
By Jason Reimer Greig (Georgetown University Press, 2015)
You seriously haven’t lived until you’ve heard a cabinet meeting in rap battle form.
Take steps toward a more prayerful life by immersing yourself in Teresa of Avila's words.
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?