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John Bonazzo is a junior at Fordham University majoring in English. He is a copy editor and writer for the Fordham Ram, the school newspaper. His is also active in campus ministry and the Fordham Knights of Columbus. He is a native of Trumbull, Connecticut.
February 26th, 2014
The Lenten themes in a movie about survival
Survival is a natural instinct, no matter what environment a person is stuck in. This adage is confirmed by the new movie All Is Lost. The film’s sole character, known simply as Our Man (Robert Redford, giving an Oscar-worthy performance) is sailing on the Pacific Ocean when some debris makes a hole in his vessel. He patches it up, and all seems well until a storm hits. He makes an SOS call, but nobody answers and so Our Man must fend for himself. The storm ravages his boat and his spirits as he struggles to survive, alone on the open ocean. Our Man never gives any outward sign of being a religious person. However, his saga has strong echoes of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, a touchstone of the Gospels. Jesus’ adversary…
December 27th, 2013
Many figures in pop culture are simply blips on our radar — people we acknowledge for a moment and then forget about. A select few, however, rise above the rest and take on the status of heroes. For me, Roger Ebert is in the latter category. I discovered Ebert as an impressionable 10-year-old, already dazzled by the magic of the movies. Watching him debate the merits of new films with his partner, Richard Roeper, on “Ebert & Roeper,” I gained a deeper understanding of how movies were made and how to think critically about them. With the advent of YouTube, I was able to watch classic clips of Ebert and his original foil, Gene Siskel, discussing the movies of the 1980s and 1990s. This enabled me to discover…
September 12th, 2013
The Bible is joining the ranks of sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Why? Because “there’s an app for that.” The arrival of God’s word to your smartphone is thanks to YouVersion, an app that allows users to read and bookmark the Bible on their mobile device. The app is available in different languages and versions, which you can compare to see which one you like best. YouVersion is the brainchild of LifeChurch.tv, and is one of the most successful apps on the market, with more than 100 million downloads. Think the writing style of the original biblical writers is a little archaic? Then try “The Message,” a translation available on YouVersion that makes the Bible read…
September 3rd, 2013
6 tips for getting back in the swing of things after summer vacation
So, you’ve been on summer vacation. You’ve had a few weeks or months off to sleep in and relax. Maybe you’ve gone away to visit family or soak up the sun’s rays. But now it’s time to go back to a school or work schedule (or both). This can be difficult after the summer lull. Luckily, Busted Halo® has these handy tips to help you get back in the swing of things. Good Night, Sleep Tight You’ve probably spent your vacation staying up late, whether watching movies, having late night dinner with friends, or roasting marshmallows by a campfire. Now that you’re back to work or school, this will probably change. Remember that you need a full night’s sleep to function well,…
July 18th, 2013
With his humble ways attracting attention from all corners, Pope Francis is a celebrity in the secular world.
Pope Francis waves from a car during his visit to Castel Gandolfo, Italy. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters).“The atmosphere was almost neighborly” when he spoke to the crowd in “a more conversational tone,” like a “universal leader.” These quotes may sound like they describe a politician angling for votes. However, they are actually about the Catholic Church’s newest celebrity: Pope Francis. But the pope is definitely not a typical celebrity. One of the main reasons is that rather than embracing his fame like a teen starlet, he has downplayed his actions. When choosing his new Popemobile, for example, he followed his advice to priests to use “more humble” vehicles and selected a 2008 Ford…
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