Lindsey Weishar: ‘Discovering the gift only you can give’ at the GIVEN Forum

Young women take part in a previous year's GIVEN Forum n this screen grab from the Institute's website. (CNS)

My Vocation is Love / Lindsey Weishar From June 9-13, I attended the GIVEN Forum 2021 in Washington D.C. GIVEN exists to “[activate] the gifts of young adult women {ages 21-30] for the Catholic Church and the world.” In applying for this conference, each participant submitted an action plan that will be carried out within […]

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Paul Moore: Becoming “spotty” — a reality check on aging, but I’m going somewhere

"This pretty much describes the situation as I am experiencing it," write Paul Moore of this illustration by his artist sister-in-law Dawna Gallagher of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

In My Father’s House / Paul Thomas Moore “I do not like green eggs and ham! I do not like them, Sam-I-Am!” No, this isn’t a rant about cancel culture (which is itself a bit of a rant by times). I would simply like to borrow Dr. Seuss’ attitude — and rhyme scheme — for […]

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We must keep eyes fixed on Lord in radical dependence

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 4 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a Many of us rebel against being dependent on others. But once released from certain reliances, we discover our own insufficiencies, and the appeal is less than envisioned. Radical independence is supremely alluring until faced with its […]

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“F9: The Fast Saga” (Universal)

This is the movie poster for "F9: The Fast Saga." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Universal)

By Catholic News Service His past comes back to haunt the retired leader (Vin Diesel) of a crew of street racers when his estranged brother (John Cena) turns out to be the muscle behind the effort of a dictator’s evil son (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) to obtain a high-tech weapon that will give the villain world […]

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“The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate)

Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek star in a scene from the movie "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/David Appleby, Lionsgate)

By Catholic News Service Needlessly gory, this action-comedy sequel also presents a debased view of sexual intimacy between spouses. The couple are the titular contract killer (Samuel L. Jackson) and the con woman (Salma Hayek) he has just married. At the behest of a Boston police officer (Frank Grillo) working for Interpol, the duo is […]

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“A Father’s Legacy” (Cinedigm)

Tobin Bell stars in a scene from the movie "A Father's Legacy." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service Jason Mac wrote, directed and stars in this fatherhood-themed drama, playing a reluctant armed robber who, following a heist in which he was wounded, forcibly takes refuge in the secluded cabin of a solitary widower (Tobin Bell), thus dramatically interrupting the latter’s tranquil routine. Recognizing that his captor is no hardened […]

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“In the Heights” (Warner Bros.)

This is a scene from the movie "In the Heights." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Warner Bros. Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Vibrant musical, set in northern Manhattan’s Washington Heights, charts the efforts of a youthful bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) to return to his native Dominican Republic, the scene of his idealized childhood, and reopen the beachside bar his father once ran there. But this “little dream” has complicated implications for his warmhearted […]

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Bishop Tylka’s July parish prayer calendar

The cross above St. Patrick Church in Washington is surrounded by color in this photo from last fall. Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka will remember the Washington faith community on July 4 as part of his monthly prayer calendar. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka has been praying for each parish in the Diocese of Peoria by name this year, thanks to a calendar he developed with the assistance of Sister Linda Burkitt of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception (Heading Avenue Franciscans). The prayer calendar also includes days special to the religious […]

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Discovering heaven within: A review of “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer

Reviewed by Lindsey Weishar Claire Dwyer’s book, “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity,” is an invitation to meet a new (at least she was to me) saintly friend. In short chapters that blend her own life and experiences with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity’s, Dwyer shows how this cloistered […]

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