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Honestly, What Difference Does God Make?

I recently encountered a letter on social media from a woman who offered the rather innovative proposal of trying parents as criminals for bringing children involuntarily into the world—that is, into such a hellish and awful place, especially now that (as she would maintain) Donald Trump is president. Politics aside, this woman is clearly not an optimist and does not believe in God or anything of the sort. That, I would contend, is unfortunate. However, and coming from her perspective, she may have a point. Imagine being thrust into existence. (This includes all of us, by the way. Yes, hi. Hello!) This is either the worst hell and torment any person could imagine, if God does not exist, or the greatest gift if he does. For what is life, generally observed, if not an unduly obnoxious parade of problems, one where whatever progress we encounter appears, upon sufficient reflection, to be…

On Taking Adventures with My Children

I have often been struck by the fact that parents know their children so little. —The prince, in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot “Where are we off to next?” With bellies full of mostaccioli drenched in tomato sauce and cartoonishly large pizza slices, we left Cossetta’s (an institution among St. Paul’s Italian restaurants) and headed toward the Minnesota State Capitol. “Ah,” my twelve year-old grinned, “we haven’t been there in a while.” I smiled and nodded. Ever since my two daughters could walk, I have taken them on Weekday Adventures. Stepping away, one day a week, from the weighty demands of a busy internal medicine practice, I see the world through the eyes of two squirrelly, witty, delightfully inquisitive little girls—little girls, I might add, who are growing too fast. These outings have been pure magic for me. Week after week, one Thursday succeeding the next, we’ve…

New Film from Terrence Malick to Explore the Life of Christ

“What does Christ want from us?”  According to Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick posed this question to his fellow director in a letter after seeing Silence, the former’s long-awaited film about Jesuit missionaries in Japan. Malick’s cinematic corpus has been marked by Christian themes, music, and imagery from the beginning. For example, those watching the fire scene from Badlands (1973) with the English captions on will see the following lyrics from German composer Carl Orff’s choral piece “Passion”: When Jesus walked into the garden And his suffering began Everything mourned that was there Even the foliage and the green grass: Mary held a small bell, ringing “Oh my, oh my darling child Oh how, oh how my heart is breaking My son, my son, I am losing you”…

Comic Books and Warrior Priests: An Interview with Douglas Ernst

Comic book heroes have taken the cultural imagination by storm over the past century. The genre is not often seen as a source of truth and beauty. However, Douglas Ernst, the author of a new sort of comic book, sees the power of comics and hopes to provide a piece of culture that speaks to beauty, goodness, and truth. Tell us a little about the kind of guy who writes graphic novels about combat veterans turned exorcists. What is your background and the inspiration for Soulfinder: Demon’s Match? Douglas Ernst: The short answer is that I’m a Catholic man who grew up loving superhero tales before enlisting in the US Army when I was eighteen years old. The more detailed response is that I’m a writer by vocation, I care about our culture, and I want to tell tales that inspire the next generation’s G.K. Chesterton or J.R.R. Tolkien. I…

36 Amazing Comments on Bishop Barron’s Interview with Jordan Peterson

To say Bishop Barron's interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson was highly anticipated might still be an understatement. For years, people have clamored for the two to engage each other, especially given their similar interests in religion, psychology, literature, and the Bible.Dr. Peterson, the New York Times bestselling author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is arguably the most prominent intellectual figure on the scene today, and Bishop Barron is one of the leading intellects and evangelists in the Catholic Church.They finally joined for a nearly two-hour discussion in March 2019, but the interview wasn't posted on Dr. Peterson's podcast and YouTube channel until June 2019. However, in less than a month the combined postings had over a million downloads.You can listen or watch below: Insert Video BONUS DISCUSSIONSClick below for two bonus…