If you haven’t seen this short segment, take a couple minutes to watch before reading further.  It’s quite entertaining :)

Well who could help being intrigued by devout atheist Bill Maher being in the lineup of Stephen Colbert, a practicing Catholic and outspoken defender of religion (both traits being anomalies in modern entertainment, to be sure).

As you can see, only a small fraction of the Maher segment dealt with religion.  But what little of the “big R” did show up packed more than enough “punch” for a spirited discussion, so here comes my response.

First, we’ll deal with the following statement:

I do admit there are things in the universe I don’t understand.  But my response to that is not to make up silly stories.

Notice that this response does not address the whole of what Colbert said.  Continue Reading »

Well, technically it’s “work-made.”  And for the record, I didn’t make it…

Turkey On

A few of my favorites/honorable mentions, listed in no particular order…

Saving Private Ryan

We Were Soldiers

American Sniper



Trailer Link (Turner Classic Movies): http://i.cdn.turner.com/v5cache/TCM/cvp/container/mediaroom_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=1091318

Band of Brothers

Trailer Link (Internet Movie Database): http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi3629711385/imdb/embed?autoplay=false&width=480

Another great video from Brandon Vogt, geared toward Catholic parents whose children have drifted away from the Church.

For more, visit http://www.helpthemreturn.com.

Going to see this movie with family later today.  Hopefully it’s half as entertaining as this :)

R.I.P. René Girard

French-born anthropologist, philosopher, historian, literary critic, and social scientist René Girard, arguably one of the pivotal figures in Christianity during the last half-century, passed away yesterday at age 91.

Some of my more faithful readers may remember me referencing Girard in my commentary on Frozen.  One of his major contributions was his exploration of Christianity in light of the ages-old scapegoat mechanism, which he discusses in the following video.  It’s just a few minutes long, and is worth a look:

NOTE: This video was posted by a Youtube user who is from all available evidence a devout Catholic of good conscience.  Hence, I am assuming fair use here.  But if anyone knows or suspects otherwise, please let me know, and I will promptly delete this post.

Please note: This is a follow-up to the post titled “What We Can Learn From Drug Addicts and Alcoholics” — but it can be read on its own.

HeroinIf there is, or were ever to be, a theology of addiction, my guess is that it would follow an Augustinian anthropology.  Addressing God, St. Augustine of Hippo had this to say:

You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in You

(Confessions, I:1)

“You have formed us for Yourself…”

Man’s soul is a vast cavern, bigger by far than anything in the created universe.  It is made for God as a lock is made for a key, an outlet for a plug, a certain kind of hat for a certain-shaped head, etc.  Any time we try to hook our infinite desire for God onto something less than God, inevitably it fails to satisfy.

Nevertheless, we do get some semblance of joy the first time we use or experience the object in question.  The more this initial feeling eludes us on subsequent occasions, the harder we will strive — and the more extreme measures we will take employ — to reproduce it. Continue Reading »


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