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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 […]

Evangelizing online

August is upon us … one last chance for that Summer vacation! Taking a virtual vacation from the usual blog posts, this one falls more under the rubric of marketing and promotion as we invite you to … save the date of October 18, 2014.  That’s when the John Cardinal Foley Chair of Homiletics and […]

The Soul’s Eye

Two recent news items point to interesting links between the digital and the human. In one, scientists propose that the popularity of Internet stories correlated with their appeal to human emotions.  What makes videos go viral?  According to the latest research, it’s not the use of clever computer algorithms but the ability to capture high-arousal […]

World Cup and World Media

Neither sentence nor clause nor phrase, two words have recently captured the world’s attention:  “Because Fútbol.”  After 62 matches over 30 days, the World Cup competition is now down to its final two teams, but its fan base far exceeds the citizens of Argentina and Germany. Sports, in general, and international competitions, in particular, have […]