Advent Video Series

This Advent, enjoy our upcoming video reflection series. Each Sunday, starting December 2, 2012, we’ll post a video reflection to help you in your spiritual journey. Reflections will be by Joe Paprocki, Tim Muldoon, Vinita Hampton Wright, and Becky Eldredge. The videos will be posted here on dotMagis. Links also will be available on our Advent resources page, where you can find other seasonal ideas. One of those ideas is an online Advent calendar from […]

Movies about Saints

November is movie month. Hollywood starts releasing its best, Oscar-worthy films, and the end of Daylight Savings time means it’s time for indoor entertainment. Since we just celebrated All Saints Day, I though I’d highlight movies about saints. Fr. Jim Martin, author of My Life with the Saints, has a top-ten list of saint movies on the Loyola Press site. You’ll also find some good films on this list of movies about “religious innovators.” I’ll add […]

The Greg Boyle Movie

For the past 20 years, Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, has been running services for former gang members in Los Angeles that operate under the umbrella of Homeboy Industries.  One of the many people who’ve been inspired by his work is Freida Mock, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker.  Her film G-DOG, about Boyle and his work, is set for theatrical release next year.  Here’s a clip from the film, showing Boyle at Mass in juvenile prison.  (Click […]

Colbert and the Cosmologist

A couple of weeks ago, Stephen Colbert appeared with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Fordham University for an evening of one-liners and lighthearted spiritual talk.  A crowd of 3000 students loved it. (The Cardinal asked Colbert if he felt pressure to be funny all the time.  He shot back, “Do you feel pressure to be holy all the time?”)  Colbert, who teaches Sunday school in his parish in New Jersey, sometimes takes on spiritual topics on […]

Bromantic Classics

At the Jesuit Post, Jeff Sullivan lists his top 10 bromantic movies.  (A “bromance” is a close, non-sexual relationship between two or more men.  Yes, I had to look it up too). I can’t believe “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” didn’t make the list. Image by smellyavocado under a Creative Commons license.

An Award and a Contest

While we’re on the subject of social media, I thought I’d point to a couple of notable digital projects by Loyola Press, the sponsor of this website. The Press’s 3-Minute Retreat has just won the 2012 Wilbur award for web-based communications in multimedia or online video from the Religion Communications Council.  This is a pretty big deal.   The Council is also giving awards this year to CBS News, Entertainment Weekly, and the Oscar-nominated film The […]

Some Other Ideas for Lent

The Lent-Easter Ignatian Prayer Adventure online retreat started yesterday, but you can join in any time.  Take a look. I thought I’d mention a couple of other Lenten resources.  A couple are out of the ordinary. Other6 Prays Lent is an online community that helps you find God in the ordinary course of daily life. You might take some time to listen to the Lunchtime Examen, six guided Examens that lead you through my favorite […]

Welcome to the Jesuit Post

A bunch of young Jesuits launched a new website yesterday called The Jesuit Post.  Content will range very widely indeed.  The first batch of articles  include pieces on David Foster Wallace, parish masses, Tim Tebow, yoga, Paula Deen, the folk-rock band Hem, and health care reform.  Editor Paddy Gilger, SJ says “this site is about Jesus, politics, and pop-culture, it’s about the Catholic Church, sports, and Socrates.  It’s about making the case for God (better: […]

Scorsese’s Next Film?

There have been rumblings about director Martin Scorsese making a film of Shusaku Endo’s magnificent historical novel Silence, about Japanese martyrs of the 17th century.  Now it seems that the rumor may become a reality, according to Spero Forum. In a preface to Endo’s book, Scorsese writes perceptively about faith: How do you tell the story of Christian faith? The difficulty, the crisis, of believing? How do you describe the struggle? … Shusaku Endo understood […]

Fr. Martin Does Colbert

Fr. Jim Martin stops by the Colbert Report to promote his new book, Between Heaven and Mirth. Laughter ensues.  (Click here if you can’t see the video.) The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

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