Wonder Woman Was A Dud

I kept hearing good things about the new Wonder Woman movie.  I don’t know from whom, but it was the buzz.  So I finally found the time to go see it last night, and it wasn’t all that great.

First of all, there’s a mixing of Greek mythology with the story that is completely different from the actual Greek mythology.  And there is the little detail that in the end, supposedly killing the god Ares will put an end to war.  Unfortunately for the screen writers, the movie closes at the end of WWI, and we all know that it did not put an end to war.

Secondly, there is a lot of the sophomoric and trendy male bashing and blurring of true masculinity and femininity that we see in popular culture these days.  They try to cover this up with a love story later in the movie, but many of the scenes in the beginning were contained un-artistic injections of a political agenda into the narrative. For example, there is a scene in a sailboat where Steve Trevor is trying to describe marriage and appropriate behavior where he says that marriage is about “going before a judge.” He doesn’t use the phrase “going into a church” as would be said in the early 20th Century. And ultimately, on the boat his attempt at virtuous behavior is turned into ridicule by the writers.

The accents were horrible and inconsistent. Was Steve Trevor supposed to be a Brit? And the Amazon women on Paradise Island – what in the world was that? Was that a desperate attempt to match Gal Gadot’s voice? Were they supposed to be Eastern Europeans? I don’t know, but the actresses did a rotten job of being believable.

I guess all of the glowing reviews of this film came from the grrrl power movement.  To me it was mediocre.


Call No Man “Father”? | Catholic Answers

Many Protestants claim that when Catholics address priests as “father,” they are engaging in an unbiblical practice that Jesus forbade: “Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Matt. 23:9).

To understand why the charge does not work, one must first understand the use of the word “father” in reference to our earthly fathers. No one would deny a little girl the opportunity to tell someone that she loves her father. Common sense tells us that Jesus wasn’t forbidding this type of use of the word “father.”

Full article can be found at: Call No Man “Father”? | Catholic Answers

Sing the Divine Office

Here’s a new online course with Pontifex University for teachers, parish leaders, community leaders, households or just personal use. For just $90 you can take the course and earn continuing education units in the process. No prior experience necessary. If you sing in the shower, then you can do this! Most of the materials for […]

via Learn to Sing the Divine Office in English: Traditional Gregorian Melodies — Beauty of Catholicism

Sing the Psalms

Now with online tutorial teaching you sing them, from Pontifex University Every psalm tone can be applied to any psalms – so if you know even one melody, you can sing the whole psalter I am so pleased to offer you a full version of the Coverdale psalter pointed for singing – all 150 psalms […]

via All 150 Psalms Pointed for Singing, Download for Free — Beauty of Catholicism

I Left Twitter Today

I removed myself from Twitter completely today, and I hope WordPress.com continues to honor free speech.

For about a year now, since I have been tweeting and re-tweeting about pro-life issues and Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling of human body parts, I have noticed that none of the 300 people following me were commenting or liking any of my tweets. None of them.

After watching the interview of Lila Rose ( see video below ) by Tucker Carlson last night on YouTube, my suspicions were fortified that perhaps I was being censored.

I removed myself from Twitter completely today, and I hope WordPress.com continues to honor free speech.

Review: A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century

A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth CenturyA Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century by Robert Royal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book could be the single (or primary) textbook for a course on modern Catholic intellectuals. It covers theology, scriptural studies, philosophy, poetry, prose, and historiography of the great Catholic minds of the 20th Century.

It’s a very large book, both in page number and content. It took a long time to read but it is worth it. It provided me with at least a dozen more “Want to Read” books on GoodReads.

View all my reviews

New Exhibition in HMML’s Reading Room: Fragmented Beauty

A new exhibition at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, examines manuscript fragments. Fragmented Beauty features manuscripts that span a time period of over 1,500 years and are of European and non-European origin.

Source: News from HMML – HMML

Finding My Tribe

After two years of being separated and going through the divorce and annulment of an eight-year marriage, I find myself really enjoying all of my free time, uninterrupted thoughts, and ease of living, but I also find myself wanting to be part of some sort of tribe or faith-based community.

As a 40-something single Catholic man, I appreciated this post by the Boston Globe:

The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.

After two years of being separated (somewhat amicably) and going through the divorce and annulment of an eight-year marriage, I find myself really enjoying all of my free time, uninterrupted thoughts, and ease of living, but I also find myself wanting to be part of some sort of tribe or faith-based community.

During this time, when the thought of committing myself to someone else entered my mind and heart, I only had one real desire and that was to meet an educated and sweet Catholic woman with whom to share and grow in my faith.

I tried online dating, and though I did meet a few compatible and attractive women who lived far away, the search for someone I could see more than once a month proved to be unfruitful. There’s something really lacking in that whole process too that I can’t exactly explain.

There are very few Church-sponsored activities for single people past the age of 40.  I guess they figure that everyone by that age should be able to manage on his or her own.  Since divorce and annulment are considered a rare exception, perhaps parishes don’t want to draw attention to the reality that the pre-canaan guidance before marriages is often weak and some marriages are not valid from the start.

I went to some events that were geared for young adults.  I met some very lovely 20 and 30-something Catholic women, but many of them were way too young and I probably seemed like some really old guy (even though I still get carded sometimes).  It’s possible that a decade or two between couples could work, but it is harder to find two people who are evenly yoked with that much of an age difference.

Once you start dating 40 and 50 year-olds, you are getting into the grandmother territory, which I suppose is the natural course of things, but it takes some time getting used to, especially for someone like me who never has had children of his own.  I do appreciate the maturity and the common cultural references we share.  Of course, both men and women are a little set in their ways by this time, and there are many more concessions that have to be made regarding personal and financial habits and the definition of a “good life.”

All Catholic single men, regardless of age, are looking for that balance in a woman of serious faith and lightheartedness.  Often you meet someone who loves the Lord, but is way too over-scrupulous.  On the flip side, you meet happy-go-lucky Catholic women who might be fun to spend time with but have very little concern about what the Church actually teaches.  I’ve been out with non-Catholics, but I my faith is such a big part of my life that I don’t think it would ever get past the friend zone.

I have approached some men’s religious communities, and I think that might be where God is calling me to use my talents and to deepen my relationship with Him.  The reason I wrote this is because I think Catholic singles and Catholic dating for people past the age of “young” adults is a topic that needs to be addressed.

Review: Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About 10 years ago I saw the 80’s mini-series of Brideshead Revisited, starring Jeremy Irons, and really fell in love with the story. Since then I have read other Evelyn Waugh novels, but finally got around to reading this one. At first it was hard not to picture what I had seen on the television, but as I read I got wrapped up in the beautiful prose, the choices of the characters, and the elegance of the formality and manners of the time period (1920’s and 30’s England).

This is a religious novel, not because it delineates theology, but because it tells the story of a Catholic family, their weaknesses, and their adherence to the beauty of their faith, even though they may not understand it fully or be particularly good at it. Life is so filled with mystery, and this is a story about imperfect people embracing the beauty of that mystery. As St. Augustine wrote, “If you do understand, then it is not God.”

A lot of times when reading a bad novel, I hear the gears of the author’s mind in the background. Waugh, especially in this novel, is invisible and is completely out of the way of the story and the characters.

I recommend this novel to anyone wanting to read a master of the English language and those who enjoy the spiritual journey.

View all my reviews