Someone sent me the link to Fr. Robert Barron's video on "Heroic Priesthood." As expected, it has high production values; intriguing lighting; a pounding, heavy-on-the-percussion, heroic soundtrack; and lots of slow motion to emphasize the drama. Not a bad recruiting tool, especially for those young men who might like basketball, because the sport is used as the only metaphor for priesthood throughout the piece. (Full disclosure: I love basketball. I made teams and mostly sat the pine for five years from CYO through 10th grade.
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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a wedding in one of the Missouri prisons. The bride confided in me that she was a little sad, which I understood completely. We couldn't bring in flowers or a cake. We were one of nine bridal parties, and we had just 15 minutes for the entire ceremony and visit. Then she had to go home without him.
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Commonweal magazine has produced an excellent series of articles discussing contraception from three different points of view. I would like to comment on the first article in this blog post and perhaps explore the other two articles in a future blog post.
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The election win last week of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party has disappointed many observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict who hoped a win by the center-left Zionist Union might restart moribund peace talks and mend the increasingly fraying relationship between Israel and the United States.
Before you panic at the headline of this article ... no, ISIS is not (as far as I know) targeting Ireland.
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