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Lessons Learned from Hollywood about the Priesthood and Religious Life

What could Hollywood teach us about the religious life?  It’s easy to get discouraged by how badly movies and television portray the Catholic Church.  It was not always the norm, however, and I decided to host a summer movie series to remind everyone that “secular” movies can teach us something about religious life and even… holiness! For the series I […]

Lessons in Religious Life Learned… from Hollywood?

What could Hollywood teach us about the religious life?  It’s easy to get discouraged by how badly movies and television portray the Catholic Church.  It was not always the norm, however, and I decided to host a summer movie series to remind everyone that “secular” movies can teach us something about religious life and even… holiness! For the series I […]

Mobilizing one’s whole being

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Pixar’s Inside Out.  I was pleasantly surprised by it, not expecting it to be as thought-provoking and multi-faceted as it was.  One of the themes—and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything, given that it was mentioned in the first ten minutes of the film—was the purpose of the emotions. As Joy was […]

Scene from the Move "The Giver"

“The Giver” and the Fading Memory of Christianity

Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel The Giver has garnered a very wide audience over the past two decades, since it has become a standard text in middle schools and high schools across the English-speaking world. With the enormous success of the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games films, Hollywood has been busy adapting books written for the young adult audience. The […]

The Conjuring — a Brush with Evil and a Walk with God

Life is stressful enough without watching horror movies so that I can spend the next two weeks trying to sleep without the flashbacks.   But that’s just me.  Given that the movie The Conjuring came in first at the box office last weekend, there are obviously many people who don’t share my sentiments. The Conjuring, a haunted-house thriller from Warner Bros. […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in Review

The world of Middle-earth is back. This time fans will see it in 3D. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey delivers a courageous adventure of heroic proportions. It is the first installment of a planned trilogy of Tolkien’s classic, The Hobbit. Filled with 3D battles that jump off the screen, it’s the movie Tolkien fans have waited nine years, since the last […]

The Hobbit – Adventure, Dragons and Battles Won through Spiritual Growth

“Can you promise me I will come back?” Bilbo Baggins asks Gandalf in the beginning of The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey. Fans of J.R. Tolkien’s classic Lord of the Rings who have waited a decade for the movie prequel, The Hobbit, will be satisfied at long last on December 14th when it opens in theaters.  Elijah Wood as Frodo, the star of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, […]

The Mighty Macs is a Rush!

Imagine a young Vince Lombardi wandering into a tiny private college and agreeing to coach the misfit, no-budget football team for $450.  That is the type of impact made by 22 year-old Cathy Rush, the greatest coach you’ve probably never heard of – until now – when she first set foot on Immaculata College in 1970.  This weekend, The Mighty […]

Fr. Barron Reviews “Tree of Life”

Spoiler Alert! Watch and listen to the Fr. Barron’s review of Terrence Malick’s movie, “The Tree of Life”, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain… Father Barron can be found on the Internet at:   Word On Fire CATHOLICISM Please help us in our mission to assist readers to integrate their Catholic faith, family and work.  Share this article with your family and friends via […]