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June 2nd, 2004
A review of Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions edited by James Martin, S.J.

To an older generation of Roman Catholics, the mention of traditional devotions like the eucharistic adoration and liturgy of the hours might elicit either chilling memories of a repressive, bygone Catholic era or perhaps a sense of nostalgia for the way things used to be. What they might not expect is that these same devotions are experiencing a renaissance of sorts among a younger generation for whom these practices are new and carry less cultural baggage.
In Awake My Soul: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions editor James Martin, S.J. has gathered the reflections of a diverse group of authors—many of whom are in their thirties and forties—on their “favorite” devotions. The…

May 20th, 2004

I can’t keep quiet any longer.
Beyond the teeth
I’m going to finally reveal the reason why daytime and prime time (Sun-Thurs., May 17-May 26, 2004) versions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? have been such a resounding success. No, it’s not because it’s a clean, wholesome show the whole family can enjoy, and no, it’s not because game shows are a refreshing change from trash TV reality shows.
It could be because America is glued to the tube, hypnotized by the glare of Regis Philbin’s unnaturally white teeth, but that would be secondary.
I choose to ask the audience?
10% say they watch because they can’t find their remote. And the remaining 90% say?.because they are or were…

May 17th, 2004
Spinal Tap, National Lampoon and SPY Magazine Alumnus, Tony Hendra, Gets Serious About His Faith

Don Imus’ plugs
I first spotted Father Joe, Tony Hendra’s new spiritual autobiography, on a bookshelf in our office. At Commonweal magazine we receive dozens of books a month from various religious publishers. Most of it, I have to admit, is not my particular cup of tea. Books with titles like At Sea With God and Finding God in the Questions. When I first came upon it, I figured Father Joe?with the not-so-subtle subtitle The Man Who Saved My Soul?was the same sort of thing.
I decided to read Hendra’s book after hearing Don Imus plug it on his show. It was only then that I made the connection between Tony Hendra and Ian Faith, the rock manager in This is Spinal Tap , a movie that my college roommate saw,…

May 10th, 2004
The Comics on Busted Halo

I love those cream-egg Easter candies. Your know the kind – milk chocolate shell with that gooey sweet sugar cream filling…

May 10th, 2004
The Comics on Busted Halo

I often see her around town. Sitting, wandering, she drifts unnoticed through the streets ot Portland.

May 10th, 2004
The Comics on Busted Halo

One thing leads to another… Seems like that’s always how these things happen.

May 10th, 2004
The Comics on Busted Halo

My divorce is now several months behind me and the Diocese is considering the case for annulment.

May 10th, 2004
The Comics on Busted Halo

“Stop worring.” Jesus says, “about what to eat or drink.” And people like Francis of Assisi, Dorothy Day, and Mother Teresa actually lived like that.

May 9th, 2004
A Schizophrenic Experiments in Reality Filmmaking

Schizophrenia has often been popularly misconstrued
as split or multiple personality disorder along the lines of what was shown in the 1976 television movie Sybil, the true story of a woman who has 16 different personalities including two males. “People Say I’m Crazy,” John Cadigan’s autobiographical documentary chronicling how he has coped with this mysterious and debilitating disease over the past twelve years, is an astonishingly personal reminder that schizophrenia is actually better defined as a “break with reality.” His unflinching account of the struggle to understand and live with his sickness has the unintentionally ironic consequence of exposing…

May 4th, 2004
Does turning on the net turn you on?

In the first part of this series, we explored what sexual addiction is and examined how easy access to pornography on the internet poses a problem for those who struggle with sexual compulsivity.
This second installment explores in greater detail how the internet creates problems for those who are prone to sexual addiction. To do so, we need to look at what Patrick Cairnes author of In the Shadows of the Net… calls the arousal templates.
Cairnes cites three primary emotion systems that make up our arousal templates:

a sex drive, commonly called lust, which motivates us to
mate and continue our species.
Attraction or infatuation, which helps us choose a mate.
And Attachment which helps people sustain relationships

May 4th, 2004
BustedHalo looks at Sexual Addiction and Internet Pornography

There can be little doubt that the technological revolution that brought the power of the internet to the average consumer over the past decade has opened up enormous possibilities for sharing and disseminating information and has changed our lives for the better in countless ways. Similarly, there is also little doubt that the loftiest creations of our finest minds are often manipulated for the basest purposes. Despite the obvious virtues of the internet, there is also a shadow side.
According to Nielsen Net Ratings in 2003, 32 million unique individuals visited a porn
site in September alone in the United States . Of those 32 million, 22 million viewers were male. On any given day in cyberspace, 260 million…

May 1st, 2004
The Best Catholic Writing 2004

Robert Barron, a young priest and theologian, recently coined the phrase “beige Catholicism,” lamenting that Catholicism, in its effort to blend seamlessly into the fabric of American life is in danger of being stripped of its uniqueness, its color, and its vibrancy. Perhaps Barron is right. Maybe we are becoming kind of bland and beige, with all of our public image issues, our myopic family t?te-?-t?tes over scandals, church closings, and Communion politics. If in fact we are plagued by beige-ness, then the writers whose work is featured in The Best Catholic Writing 2004 (Loyola Press, 228 pages, $14.95), an anthology edited by University of Portland alumni magazine editor Brian Doyle, are…

April 19th, 2004
Do We Want That Instant, Antisocial High to Be Legal?

You lookin’ for common ground between the political Left and Right? Go to your local pot dealer.
You’ll find there the profit motive Republicans drool over, as well as the sybaritic pleasures Democrats long to embrace. You’ll also find a virtually untapped source of tax money to make both parties jitter.
Among my acquaintances, most people—regardless of political affiliation—tend to approve of marijuana’s legalization. The actual possibility of its legalization depends in large part on whether people find it morally or socially acceptable. Law follows culture.
If Prohibition didn’t work…People who favor legalization generally rely on the argument that marijuana…

April 13th, 2004
Just Enough Comfort to Make Me Miss The Real Thing

Pop quiz, which is the biggest sin?
A) Missing Mass on Easter Sunday
B) Because you were out until five in the morning on Holy Saturday
C) Hooking up with a person you’d known for under an hour who was wearing a sunvisor. Inside. Backwards. At night.
All glory, laud, and honor
That is correct: I celebrated the Resurrection of Our Lord by shaking it at a beachside bar until dawn, rolled in the sand with a guy I’d known exactly 45 minutes, slept through Easter morning, and had chocolate for lunch.
I did, however, access my partner’s full name, if not his street address (“Just to make sure we’re not related here? Great. Thanks. Okay, commence feeling me up.”)
See, it could have been…

April 13th, 2004
Spider-Man, the Punisher & the Ethics of Power

To those visiting theaters this summer but not part of the comic book crowd, Spider-Man (swinging in June 30, 2004) and The Punisher (onscreen April 16, 2004) will seem like two of a kind: tough guys who like to wear tights and take out the villains.
To regular readers, Spider-Man and the Punisher could not be more different.
Hero definitionTo Spider-Man, the Punisher’s violent vigilantism aggravates an already violent citywide crime culture; the Punisher sees Spider-Man as a weak-willed gadfly. Regular readers know that when these two meet, they will not likely be glad to see each other, for each has a radically different vision for how his power is to be used.
In the beginnings…High school student Peter…

April 9th, 2004
Wilco vs. Marah

Few debates can rage louder and longer than those among music fans regarding the merits of their favorite artists or songs . Anyone who has ever witnessed people arguing over who was the TRUE genius behind the Beatles, John or Paul, or what is the greatest song EVER will understand what I mean. Two albums released in late June raise a similar question for music lovers to ponder: what exactly is rock ?n roll? Is it the loud, no-holds-barred celebration of life and youth you discovered at the age of 15? Or can it be more than that? Can rock music be dense, enigmatic, and occasionally hard to listen to? Can it be like a Russian novel?hard to get into at first, but difficult to put down once you give it a chance?
20,000 Streets Under…

March 29th, 2004
Defining Success in "13 Going On 30"

“I don’t want to be original. I want to be cool.”
That’s how sweet-but-awkward thirteen-year-old Jenna Rink feels about life. She’s frustrated being young and wishes she were like the women in glamour magazines. Though her mother explains, “Those aren’t people, dear; those are models,” her argument falls on deaf ears.
Jenna’s best friend Matt is also geeky but much more accepting of himself. He genuinely cares for her and their natural chemistry is obvious to everyone but Jenna herself.
Desperate to belong to her school’s popular chick-clique, Jenna invites them to her birthday party where they repeatedly make fun of Matt. Jenna even joins…

March 28th, 2004
Love and Memory in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

If you’ve ever had a relationship you wish you could forget, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind may give you a different perspective.
When introvert Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) meets extrovert Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet), the ?opposites attract’ principle kicks in. Their coupling eventually turns rocky, so Clementine impulsively undergoes a new medical procedure that erases all memories of a specific person from your brain.
Joel is devastated?not just by Clementine’s rejection of him as a person, but by her desire to completely eradicate any knowledge of his existence. His knee-jerk reaction is to have the same procedure done on himself to take away the pain of lost love.
Head…

March 19th, 2004
Adventures of a Minor League Baseball Announcer

Opening day awaits
As the River City Rascals’ home opener approaches, radio baseball announcer Phil Giubileo’s to-do list grows longer. As the broadcast voice for this Frontier League single “A” team located 35 miles west of downtown St. Louis, Giubileo, who is heard over on KSLQ 104.5 FM, will pore over last year’s statistics, schmooze with the new players, and arrange his broadcast equipment in the press box. He will also be doing quite a bit of heavy lifting .
Heavy lifting? A radio announcer? Sure. In the minor leagues everyone lends a hand, especially at the beginning of the season. Before each Rascals game Giubileo spends 30 minutes sweeping out the press box and emptying…

March 17th, 2004
Missionary Bishop St. Patrick Was No Leprechaun

How much of what we do on St. Patrick’s Day is actually associated with the man St. Patrick? Turns out very little, actually.
Green beer? Leprechauns? Pinching? “Paddy” would say “Blarney—I wasn’t even born in Ireland!”
To the Irish in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. In Ireland, the day is celebrated by attending mass and praying for missionaries. All businesses are closed (except restaurants and pubs) and people celebrate most of the day like we would celebrate a lesser holiday.
Missionary man
At the age of 16, British-born ethnically Roman Patrick was captured by Irish…

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