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A Dose of Glory: Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation” Goes Diamond

In the late summer of 1998, Lauryn Hill released what is widely considered the greatest hip hop album of all time, and one of the greatest albums of any genre, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It is a unique blend of R&B, gospel, soul, reggae, and rap recorded mostly at Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong Studio […]

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Hints of the Transcendent in the Science Fiction of Ray Bradbury

While he is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury thought of himself primarily as a writer of short stories. Often wedged in between Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke as one of the “ABCs” of twentieth-century science fiction, Bradbury’s work is remarkably divergent in style and substance from […]

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The Ordering of Love and the Awful Story of Abraham and Isaac

Friends, if the intention of an author is to convince people to read and think about what he’s written, the author of Sunday’s first reading has done his job well. We hear the deeply troubling story of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son, Isaac. How do we reconcile God’s love with his asking Abraham […]

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Chesterton’s “Orthodoxy”: A New Translation Helps to Better Understand a Classic

This month, the Society of G.K. Chesterton announced the publication of a new book titled Orthodoxy: An American Translation, which should immediately provoke confusion among Chesterton fans. Didn’t Chesterton write in English? Why do we need a translation? What does it even mean to translate English into English? And why is this book, with its […]

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Evangelizing is Priority One: Bishop Barron Speaks to Catholic Educators

Friends, I recently spoke to the Catholic educators of the Archdiocese of Vancouver on the importance of sharing the Gospel. We must convey the distinctiveness and demand of Christianity. We must proclaim the resurrection and lordship of Jesus. We must be evangelizers!

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The Present You Want Is Not the Gift You Need

Some time ago, in the feverish throes of buying a book for a good friend’s birthday, I had an epiphany. Wrapping the book in colored paper and neatly nestling it in the gift bag, my wife asked me what I had purchased. After naming the book and smiling at my own thoughtfulness, my wife quipped, […]

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Memento Mori: Remember That You Have to Die

Do you remember when you first realized that you would eventually die? I do. Each summer, my family visited my great aunt’s cottage on Christie Lake in southwest Michigan. Sometimes my sisters and I were left there with our grandmother for the week. Besides swimming in the lake and playing cards, there wasn’t much to […]

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“Lost in Thought” and “The Dig”: Let the Cult of the Amateur Arise!

We need more amateurs. In her new book Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of the Intellectual Life, Zena Hitz, a practicing Catholic and Tutor in the great books program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, makes the case for the life of the mind for everyone. Hitz has a PhD from Princeton, but […]

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An Antidote to Hostility: Bishop Barron on the Mind Pump Podcast

Friends, I recently joined Sal Di Stefano from Mind Pump Media for another great conversation. We explore the great social upheaval and political division in our culture—including its intellectual, moral, and spiritual dimensions—and why a purely secular framework is not enough to solve it.

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Pray, Fast, Give Alms

Friends, Lent is a marvelous opportunity to deepen our lives of prayer, to temper our desires for food and drink, and to engage in a graced time of alms giving. Let’s use this season to get our bodies and our behavior patterns in order, to show our love and service in very concrete ways. Mass […]

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