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Pondering a gruesome scene at the Rodin Museum

Recently I was able to visit the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. I was thrilled to spend a few hours strolling through the building and adjacent gardens because I continue to

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C.S. Lewis on stage, and on the couch

There are those who love C.S. Lewis, and those who have never read him, and that accounts for pretty much everybody. This month the Philadelphia theater presents two opportunities for

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Reaching out in song

Singer-songwriter Kathleen Fowle doesn’t even remember his name. He was homeless. She met him years ago in St. Paul, Minn., and their encounter was, in most ways, unremarkable. He didn’t

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Life and death at the Rodin Museum

Auguste Rodin was close to his sister Maria, who entered the convent and died at a young age. Rodin was devastated and soon entered a religious order himself, the Society

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Spider-Man, Iron Man, Superman, and the God-Man

This past decade has seen a plethora of movies dealing with superheroes: the “Batman” films, “The Green Lantern,” “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor,” etc. But the most popular—at least

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We have a silly movie

I recently saw the movie “Habemus Papam,” an Italian film by director Nanni Moretti at a tiny underground theater near Lincoln Center. The comedy, currently also playing in Philadelphia, stars Moretti,

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A songwriter’s search for faith and meaning

For those interested in American culture, 20th century literature, rock and roll, and the tenacious hold of the Catholic faith, there is Bruce Springsteen. Some trivia questions: 1. What Catholic

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Picasso and the jagged path of modern art

Three months ago Pope Benedict XVI hosted a gathering of artists from around the world under Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel. The event marked the 10th anniversary of Pope

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Mystery and message set to music

Christ in Christmas Songs We Three Kings With Christmas Day now here, the 12 Days of Christmas now begin, lasting from Dec. 25 to Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany. This

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Music in joyful anticipation of Christ’s birth

Christ in Christmas Songs Joy To The World This past Sunday, Dec. 13, Catholics around the world celebrated the third Sunday of Advent, in preparation for the Lord’s birth on