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Best made movie in history

Posted by on December 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Published this two years ago tonight, my analysis of the Frank Capra uber classic <a href=””>It’s a Wonderful Life.</a> Hands down, and up, the greatest film ever made. Merry Christmas.  

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Church is good for men, and vice versa

Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Church is good for men because Jesus is good for men. It’s also because contact with other good, strong, loving Christian men is good for men, and because men (despite the posturing and the denial) crave community. Men in particular are drawn to adventures that involve team participation and the call to exceed oneself. Which explains the military, street gangs, sports and hunting teams, knights, and family life. There is a fascinating, detailed study called “The Demographic Characteristics of the Linguistic and Religious Groups in...

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She gave the Word flesh

Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

She gave the Word flesh

One of the insights non-Catholics get as they’re being drawn by the mystic magnetism of the Catholic Church is that all Marian doctrines are essentially Christocentric.   Not everyone gets it to the same degree or at the same stage in the journey, but: Jesus alone explains Mary. Any devotions to her derive from devotion to him. Yes, some of the more sentimental “maximal” customs regarding the Blessed Mother — motivated as they may be by a sincere wish to make her better known and loved — give the impression that...

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An Open Letter to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Phil: Forgive me for addressing a stranger as a friend. The cliché holds true: I feel like I know you. For 11 years now you’ve been the guy who was born to play blogger Mark Shea in a TV movie-of-the-week biopic. You’re one of those Completely Inhabiting the Character kind of actors. And what a range of characters you inhabited. You never got the girl at the end, but very few actors can bring to life the sheer variety of different characters you did: a dumpy baseball manager (Moneyball), a mincing novelist (Capote), an accused priest...

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There are tours, pilgrimages and then there are Steve and Janet Ray LIFE EXPERIENCES

Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

I got back on September 10 after a nine-day experience of wall-too-wall, minute-to-minute spiritual growth and enrichment. Steve and Janet Ray of Footprints of God Pilgrimages fame, are in a class all by themselves. From the expert (and encyclopedic) Israeli Christian guide, to the hotel choices, to the TLC given to pilgrims, to the focus on prayerful meditation, to the masterful teachings along the way — it all adds up to a extravagant experience of grace, grit, and gratitude. Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, and Father Willy Raymond,...

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Bad analogies from my saintly namesake

Posted by on June 13, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

These Lutheran Satire guys are great. They also seem rather (koff koff) Catholic.

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Come to the Holy Land with me

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

…and good Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa, and Father Willy Raymond, CSC, national director of Family Theater in Hollywood, CA (successor of Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC), and Steve and Janet Ray. Click here on how to sign up. The dates are August 31-September 9, 2013. Excitement is building among the pilgrims already signed up! Yes, it is not cheap. This is absolutely true. And for a reason. Steve and Janet Ray are among the very best in the business, and their model can be summed up like this: why go all the way around...

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Hello again

Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Welcome to the newest, cleaner and leaner, iteration of the website. To my Catholic readers, Happy Solemnity of the Holy Trinity! In honor of our triune God and to give you something tantalizing to chew on, walk through this short passage from Frank Sheed’s book Map of Life, which lays out the big enchilada of the Christian Faith, the Trinity: “Thus the doctrine of the Trinity, at first seen only as a sheer challenge to Faith grows steadily more luminous to the  mind which accepts it and comes humbly to the study of what  the...

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Come to the Holy Land with us!

Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

Ride the wave of joy at the election of Pope Francis all the way to the land of Jesus’s birth, August 31-September 9, 2013. Steve Ray and his wife Janet are THE guides to the Holy Land, and I can’t wait to join them. Book soon. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience — for scores of reasons. Go here to make it happen Beer in Nazareth. Wine in Cana. Prayer in Bethlelem. Awe in the Garden of Gethsemane. Laughter atop a camel. Joy with fellow Catholics. Talks, daily Mass, and….magic by Yours...

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A Wonderful Life

Posted by on December 26, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off

Hello to readers from National Review! Thanks for the comments about my article on the Frank Capra classic It’s a Wonderful Life. A happy and blessed Christmas season to all. If you want accidental comedy reading, do waste your money on Joseph McBride’s tendentious biography, titled Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success. It could have been titled Frank Capra Is a Lying Sack of Fecal Matter for its bitchy editorializing about his Obvious and Very Disgusting Egomania. The biography is an unremittingly humorless...

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