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Love is the Builder - Cardinal Donald Wuerl & Mike Aquilina

Centuries ago, even very ordinary believers knew how to "read" a church.  Read more...

Making Something Beautiful - Our Faith in Action

The movie Bella is something beautiful that was born from pain.   Read more...

Mary Magdalene - Dan Doyle

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World - Steven D. Greydanus

Like a cannon blast across the bows, Peter Weir’s Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a thunderous, almost defiant declaration heralding the arrival of a force to be reckoned with.  Read more...

Maurice Baring: Faith and Culture - Joseph Pearce

When Sir James Gunn exhibited his famous painting, “The Conversation Piece,” depicting G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and Maurice Baring assembled round a table, Chesterton, with characteristic humor, labeled the three figures, “Baring, over-bearing, and past-bearing.”  Read more...

Memories of Johnson - Father James V. Schall, S.J.

In the field of epigrams and maxims, few people can match Nietzsche, but one of those who can is undoubtedly Samuel Johnson.   Read more...

Mendelssohn: Great-Or Also Ran? - ROBERT R. REILLY

Poor Mendelssohn was rich. Had he only suffered more, he might have been a profound composer.  Read more...

Michelangelo's lesson:  We are not alone - Father Raymond J. de Souza

Our letters editor, Paul Russell, asked our correspondents to answer the question:  How did it all begin?  It's a good question, one that has occupied the greatest minds since the dawn of civilization.  Read more...

Miracles in Soho - George Weigel

Soho, in the West End of the British capital, has had a rather dodgy history.   Read more...

Morality in Hollywood: An Interview with Author Nicholas Sparks - Stan Williams

July 9, 2002 marked another milestone in the much wished-for moral transformation of Hollywood. That is the date of the home video release of the popular family-friendly film, A Walk to Remember, based on the novel of the same name by Catholic author, Nicholas Sparks.  Read more...

More to Rome than Angels & Demons: A true story - Elizabeth Lev

Despite every attempt to stir controversy and fan fires of moral outrage, Ron Howard’s film adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons enjoyed a peaceful world premiere May 4.  Read more...

Movie Review: The Return of the King - Steven D. Greydanus

It’s hard to overstate the soaring achievement of Peter Jackson and company in The Return of the King, the third and final chapter of their historic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.   Read more...

Movie Review: We Were Soldiers - Barbara Nicolosi

"We Were Soldiers" goes much farther than "Braveheart" in telling the story of a man of faith who lived a martyr’s life in the name of duty and honor. In terms of cultural impact, this character is very cool, very smart, with integrity to burn, and very Catholic. We haven’t seen the best we can be like this up on the screen since "A Man for All Seasons".  Read more...

Mozart Reconstructed - Robert Reilly

The question as to why he died so young is always superseded by: How could he have existed at all? How could you ask more of a miracle?   Read more...

Mozart: A proof of God - Father George W. Rutler

The rabbis talking with the twelve-year-old Jesus about the Torah must have thought that he was a child prodigy.  Read more...

Mr. Giuliani knows what he doesn't like - ROGER KIMBALL

We suffer today from a peculiar form of moral anaesthesia based on the delusion that by calling something "art" we thereby purchase for it a blanket exemption from moral criticism...  Read more...

Mulling over Nothing - Thomas S. Hibbs

Professor of philosophy, Thomas Hibbs brings his expertise in Medieval thought and contemporary ethics to bear on questions of popular culture.   Read more...

Music and Liturgy - Pope Benedict XVI

The importance of music in biblical religion is shown very simply by the fact that the verb "to sing" (with related words such as "song", and so forth) is one of the most commonly used words in the Bible. It occurs 309 times in the Old Testament and thirty-six in the New.  Read more...

Music and Morality - William Kilpatrick

Music can play a positive role in moral development by creating sensual attractions to goodness, or it can play a destructive role by setting children on a temperamental path that leads away from virtue.  Read more...

Music and Morality - Roger Scruton

“The ways of poetry and music are not changed anywhere without change in the most important laws of the city.” So wrote Plato in the Republic (4.424c). Music, for Plato, was not a neutral amusement. It could express and encourage virtue—nobility, dignity, temperance, chastity. But it could also express and encourage vice—sensuality, belligerence, indiscipline.  Read more...

Music as a Character-Forming Force - Peter Kwasniewski

Nobody who understands the experiences of melody, harmony, and rhythm will doubt their value.   Read more...

Music as a Christian Art - Frederick Stocken

To say that music is the most Christian of the arts may seem a contentious statement. Yet what is often forgotten is that all the other art forms were highly developed before the Christian age. Music was the only exception.  Read more...

Music for the End of Time - Michael R. Linton

Although not raised by particularly religious parents, Olivier Messiaen described himself as having been "born a believer," and remarked that the most important function of his music was "[to shed] light on the theological truths of the Catholic faith."  Read more...

Music from the spheres - Father George W. Rutler

Among the theories once dismissed as "old wives' tales," was the advice that pregnant women should surround themselves with music.   Read more...

Music of High Artistic Value - Peter Kwasniewski

When reading papal documents about sacred music, we often find popes speaking about the need for music that possesses a certain sacrality, conduces to meditation, and exhibits high artistic quality.  Read more...


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