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Luke Skywalker’s Monastic Retreat

Originally at: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/tmcdonald/luke-skywalkers-monastic-retreat/ by THOMAS L. MCDONALD At the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we find Luke Skywalker, dressed in the monklike robes of his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi, looking old and impossibly sad. He is perched at the summit of … Continue reading

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The Dispatch: More from CWR Books A new Catholic literary revival?

Originally at: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Blog/4482/a_new_catholic_literary_revival.aspx by K. V. Turley During Lent 1998, a teenage girl, having just left an English convent school, knelt at the grotto of St. Jerome in the Holy Land. She prayed fervently, asking that through his intercession she would one … Continue reading

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Can the ancient tradition of monasticism be part of the new evangelization?

Originally at: http://americamagazine.org/issue/life-another-level by Mark Plaiss We were about a half mile from the monastery, hoeing weeds out of the pumpkin patch. The late-June sun of Iowa beat down upon Hal and me, and sweat streamed down our faces. Our shirts … Continue reading

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Why We Should Be Worried About Donald Trump

Originally at: http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2016/01/08/why_we_should_be_worried_about_donald_trump.html by Russell Shaw The potential presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, a media critic when it suits his purposes, is a creature of the media. Trump has a knack for saying outrageous things, and journalists have heaped lavish free coverage … Continue reading

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Sharing the (self) love: the rise of the selfie and digital narcissism

Originally at: http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2014/mar/13/selfie-social-media-love-digital-narcassism by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic What do Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber have in common? Grandiose exhibitionism, inflated self-views, superficial personalities and shameless self-promotion. In that sense, they are just like millions of their Facebook and Twitter fans around … Continue reading

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How To Stop Sexualizing Everything

Originally at: http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/28/how-to-stop-sexualizing-everything/ by Denise C. McAllister Bye, I love you!” I said as I hung up the phone. My 15-year-old daughter was in the car at the time and asked who I was talking to. “My friend, Leslie, from Texas.” “A … Continue reading

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