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As much as we all love Seinfeld, one question we should be asking ourselves at the start of the Lenten season is how do we practice or perceive the sacrament of reconciliation. Better yet, when was the last time I went to confession?
“Be courageous, go to confession.” These were the words spoken by Pope Francis in a homily given to the audience at St. Peter’s Square on February 19th, a couple weeks prior. He explains that the when he approaches confession, he sees it as an opportunity to heal the soul, to heal the heart. Yet he stress that forgiveness is not self-providing. Forgiveness is something that one has to ask for. “It is a gift, a gift of the Holy Spirit, who fills...
The joy of the Gospel is for all people!1 Perhaps the first place that someone turns to in order to learn about the Gospel, the Good News of Jesús Christ, is the Church. Chapter one of Pope Francis’ exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is entitled The Church’s Missionary Transformation - he too first looks at the Church.
A missionary joy should exist in the Church.2 If we are to be effective in spreading Christ to all parts of the world then the joy of the Gospel must be in everything that we do. Spreading the joy of the Gospel involves contact with others, and today more than ever, we are able to reach all parts of...
Evangelization is a scary word for us Catholics. We are often afraid to share our faith with others. Perhaps it’s because our society is highly individualized and highly relativistic. We do not want to be perceived as imposing our beliefs on others. We want to be seen as respecting their freedom. So we don’t share our faith; we don’t proclaim the good things that God is doing in our lives; we don’t announce the Gospel.
Atheist comedian Penn Jillette posted a video on Youtube several years ago, where he tells a story about a Christian he met after one of his comedy shows.
As we move to the Oscars in a few days (March 2nd), Cinema Divinite would like to give you a run-down on our picks for some of the main Academy Award nominees for this year:
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
The three definitely in the running are "12 Years," "Her," and "Gravity." All of these on the list are must-see movies. However, "Gravity" seems to...
I used to have a friend who was a stand-up comedian in Las Vegas, and I could not shake the feeling that the introductory sequence to this movie was a perfect image of his interior disposition. Christopher Nolan appears in the opening shots putting on gold pinky rings, putting on his incredibly ugly vest over his pot belly, and spending an inordinate amount of time working on a ridiculous and unconvincingly elaborate comb-over. It is, simply put, iconic and unforgettable - apart, naturally, from being hilarious.
It begins with a con artist combing his hardly-existent hair. Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), proprietor of a chain of laundromats, runs loan schemes to make extra money on the side, conning those who need quick cash. At a party, he falls in love with a young...
The whole idea behind brewing is to use the enzymes within malted barley to produce a liquid called “wort” – essentially unfermented beer. However very few novice beer brewers start off doing this. They typically use what is called “malt extract,” meaning that a manufacturer has already removed all of the appropriate enzymes from the barley, and packaged them in a concentrated form. In essence, much of the work is done for you: you simply have to bring the extract to a boil, and then once it has cooled introduce yeast to begin the fermentation process.
I have brewed several beers using this method, as well as several using a hybrid method called “partial mash,” which uses both malted barley and malt extract. However at the end of the fall semester of 2013, I decided I had enough brewing experience under my belt to tackle the more challenging task of “all-grain brewing.”
The Ken Ham / Bill Nye debate has been getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere over the last week or so. So many have commented on it that there is probably little I could add by way of critique, especially since our own Br. James Dominic Rooney, OP has already done an excellent job discussing theology in his "Science of Faith" post earlier this week.