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Mark Mossa, S.J., is a professor of philosophy and part-time campus minister at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.
October 12th, 2005
Mark Mossa, S.J.
Most of us can identify certain teachers or mentors who have had a profound impact on our lives. The same can be said for particular books that have shaped our view of the world. With that in mind, BustedHalo asks the question: “What books have helped you on your spiritual journey?” Mark Mossa, S.J. is studying theology at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in preparation for the priesthood. He taught philosophy at Loyola University in New Orleans and is currently at work on an introduction to the spiritual life for young adults, to be published in 2007. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller This collection of essays, subtitled “Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality” is a real, down to earth…
April 28th, 2005
Making a case for the new Pope
The other night Bob Dole was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart . I stopped and watched because I was taken by what a great sense of humor he has. That was not my impression of Bob Dole back during President Clinton’s first term. Back then, Bob Dole was the humorless Republican party attack dog who condemned whatever it was that the President and the Democratic Party were up to. This role did him a great disservice when he was nominated as the Republicans’ candidate for President in 1996. That was all we really knew of Senator Dole at the time and, during his campaign for president in 1996, we saw more of the same. Yet, the light-hearted banter he shared with Jon Stewart on the show the other night reminded me of the…
April 13th, 2005
A vocational smackdown
One of the sacrifices that comes with living in a religious community is that you don’t always get to watch what you want on TV. So, a few years ago I reluctantly sat down with a group of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans and, to my surprise, became one myself. I was impressed by the show’s quality, its snappy dialogue and its insight into the value of heroism and friendship. I was especially taken by what it had to say about a favorite topic of us religious types, vocation. Buffy, sadly, has been canceled, though she lives on�as she did after dying a couple of times in the course of the series�in syndication. You can catch her almost daily, between episodes of “Law and Order.” But, in primetime,…
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