The National Catholic Review

2016

2016

  • In most every Jesuit community around the world, the weight of thousands of books puts great stress on the structural supports of the building where the community lives. Most Jesuits have or hoard many books. Concomitant with these personal libraries there is always a bookcase of books that are up for grabs. Inevitably among the shelves of these books one will find a copy of the Japanese novel Silence .

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  • Popular culture identifies “bro culture” as the antics of “Animal House” commingled with ESPN, Crossfit, Lacrosse, Vineyard Vines and any image or behavior that coheres with Rob Gronkowski and the GQ style section. Bro culture envelops male college life, frat life and the years after college as males strive to win corporate jobs that will ensure wealth and access as they move into middle age. Bro culture prizes risk, strength, getting away with breaking the rules and, undoubtedly, involves...

  • I have heard it once said that the trajectory of our human lives resembles the cycle of the liturgical year. There are times filled with expectation, joy and hope (Christmas); there are times filled with hyper-awareness of our shortcomings (Lent); there are times of outright sorrow and pain (Holy Week); times of exaltation and lightness of being (Easter); and then there is the ordinary time in which we live the majority of our lives. For Christians, ordinary time remains infused with the...

  • The last time I venerated a relic was at the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown. In game six of the American League Championship Series, Curt Schilling pitched against the Yankees after undergoing a surgery intended to staple his injured ankle together. Schilling pitched masterfully, and the Red Sox won the game and the series the next day. Schilling’s performance seems that much more heroic because he pitched through pain and injury clearly manifest in the blood that soaked through his...