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A time and place for social media

No, this is not another plea to put away your cell phone!  It goes much farther than that, at least metaphorically speaking. Of being human, philosophers once acknowledged our existential groundedness in space and time.  While in this earthly life, we are limited by these dual realities. Even in our memories and our dreams, everything […]

A new lens for life

Instead of the proverbial “honeymoon” often accorded a prominent leader at the start of his being in the public eye, President Trump and the nation’s media seem rather to be in the eye of a tempest.  The headlines, tweets, and press conferences are already creating quite a storm. What will come of the daily diatribes […]

A hyper-connected journey

“Go from our country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”  So said the Lord in words spoken to Abraham (Genesis 12:1). And so begins Pope Francis’s letter written to young people last week to initiate preparations for the next general assembly of the Synod of Bishops, […]

Building bridges online

Remember the Alamo! … because it’s being overrun by college students! Well, not really.  But in San Antonio, Texas young adults are currently taking their own stand.  With a squad of inspiring guest speakers, and fortified by worship, SEEK 2017 is banding together in fellowship Catholic university students from across the nation. To that spiritually […]

Then, now, always

Some may purchase it, but most won’t “buy” it! This year’s seasonal novelty is the Hipster Nativity set.  It’s being peddled as “making perfect sense for today’s millennials.” The new scene presents a holy family who went to Whole Foods, magi bearing gifts from Amazon, animals feeding from a gluten-free trough, and a solar-heated stable.  […]

Immersed in Christmas

It may not fit easily on Santa’s sleigh, but the Emperor 1510 Workstation promises “maximum productivity and complete techno-immersion.”  It’s just one of a number of ridiculously expensive digital toys that are high on every tech geek’s wish list. If only the Foley Chair in Social Communications looked so cool and had such power! Actually […]