Category Archives: Culture

Mumford & Sons Sing of Emmanuel in our Timshel

  If you are a Mumford and Sons fan, then you are probably familiar with the word “Timshel,” which is the title of the briefest song on their debut album: “Sigh No More.” If you are a Biblical scholar, or a student of the Hebrew language, then you would probably recognize timshel from the Hebrew […]

Esquire Writer Finds a World Hungry for a Priest

What difference does it make if a priest goes out in public wearing the outfit that proclaims his vocation? As it turns out, quite a lot, especially if you opt for the full Monty. In a recent Esquire article, a writer experimented with walking around Chicago in the uniforms of various professions, including the full-length […]

Lessons in Providence with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert, Catholic, comedian, and general media personality, is on the cover of GQ’s September issue. But, more important than his literal and metaphorical image, is what he has to say, particularly what he relates in the interview he gives within the magazine. Many Catholics might question Colbert’s political stances, even his chosen mask, but, […]

Jim Gaffigan’s ‘Shiite Catholic’ Wife and the New Evangelization

In interviews, Jeannie Gaffigan says she and her husband Jim are not trying to evangelize. But in a postmodern secularist world, maybe evangelization has to be indirect. “The Jim Gaffigan Show” starring the comedian and produced by his wife, is about the life of a comedian living in New York with his “Shiite Catholic” wife […]

Josh Duggar, Sam Rader and Ashley Madison — Walking the Talk Is Everything

By now, if you’ve read the news at all, you know that a company called Ashley Madison, which marketed itself as a way for married men and women to meet people with whom to commit adultery (apparently they weren’t all that good at it), was hacked. Names, email addresses and other info for the site’s […]

Surprised by Pixar’s Joy

  Just recently, I saw Pixar’s Inside Out, and midway through I was surprised to find myself weeping. I don’t know if I have begun to weep more often and more easily, simply because I’m older, but if so, then that proves the storyline of the movie very deeply true. For it seems that as we’re […]

HBO’s John Oliver Mixes Metaphors in Megachurch Satire

On Sunday, Aug. 16, HBO’s comedy/news show “Last Week With John Oliver” took on “Televangelists,” with the British comedian and former “The Daily Show” correspondent launching a blistering attack on the Prosperity Gospel, its well-heeled proponents and the tax laws that shield their wealth. I don’t disagree with what he’s saying, but I do have […]

Yes, We Need Ritual: The Millennial and the Mass

I can’t hope to speak for every young adult, but I can speak for myself and those whom I know. Existence easily feels unanchored, uncertain, and confining. When guidance is lacking, we often idolize distraction, making rituals of Facebook stalking, Instagram checking, and relational and sexual fantasizing. As a generation that thinks it does not need […]

Mars One & The Great Human Escape

If you are a space enthusiast, or have been following the goings and comings of billionaire venture capitalists over the past several years, then you are most likely aware of the Mars One project. Mars One is one of several private endeavors that aim to initiate human contact on the Red Planet in the near […]

Jared Fogle and the Problem of Secular Saints

To say the modern world lacks standards of behavior is simply untrue. Lots of people today adhere to a severe code of conduct — they refrain from gluten as if it was rat poison, refuse to eat GMO food, never use disposable grocery bags, insist on organic strawberries, lecture friends and relatives about the glories of veganism, and […]



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