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A Digital Cross

The “crux” of the matter – play on words intended – is that the relationship between Church and the news media has often been a puzzling or difficult challenge.  In an insightful essay twenty years ago, Avery Dulles laid out a number of reasons why the contrast is inherent, based on the differing nature of […]

Sound and Space

Two things I’ve noticed since returning to a university campus:  the ubiquitous digital technology, and how LOUD students can be!  About the first, see last week’s blog.  Now to the second … The onslaught of 18- to 22-year olds that attends the opening of an academic year brings with it a cacophonous clamor.  The optimist […]

Trending Death

The news hasn’t been good.  Social media sites are replete witih messages about mortality. The more recent trend offers wide-ranging commentary on the death of Robin Williams.  Even the Vatican newspaper (L’Osservatore Romano) reported on it.  The news of his death was both sudden and sad.  Tweets and posts recall with appreciate fondness the joy […]

Cellular R-E-S-P-E-C-T

The Grammy-award winning song remains a hit long after its 1967 debut because it touches a chord in the human spirit.  Aretha Franklin sang it so – with vivacious voice and bountiful soul.  But she never did so while dining in a restaurant! Today is has become commonplace.  In the midst of a meal, a […]