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St. John Paul II and the 'tyranny of the possible' Print E-mail
The Catholic Difference
Thursday, Apr. 02, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

The reputations of the great often diminish over time. Ten years after his holy death on April 2, 2005, Karol Wojtyla, St. John Paul II, looms even larger than he did when the world figuratively gathered at his bedside a decade ago.

Tens of millions of men and women around the world felt impelled, and privileged, to pray with him through what he called his "Passover" -- his liberation through death into a new life of freedom in the blazing glory of the Thrice-Holy God.

On this anniversary, as at his canonization last year, what seems most memorable about the man, at least at this historical moment, was that he refused to accommodate to the "tyranny of the possible:" the idea that some things just can't be put right; that we're stuck with the way things are, however much we may dislike them.

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A very Christian Cinderella Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year so far.

The director manages to tells the familiar fairy tale without irony, hyper-feminist sub-plots, Marxist insinuations, deconstructionist cynicism, or arch condescension. In so doing, he actually allows the spiritual, indeed specifically Christian, character of the tale to emerge.

It probably strikes a contemporary audience as odd that Cinderella might be a Christian allegory, but keep in mind that most of the fairy stories and children's tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm and later adapted by Walt Disney found their roots in the Christian culture of late medieval and early modern Europe.

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Baptism: Reforms of the Second Vatican Council Print E-mail
Guest column
Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015 -- 12:00 AM
Patrick Gorman

Lent is a season of preparation and recollection of our Baptism. This is the seventh and final article in a series of articles reflecting upon the Sacrament of Baptism.

Our Lord's parting words to his disciples were, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Mt. 28:19-20).

Ever since that day, that is what the Church has done.

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