Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Paulines on the move part II: Storytelling in the Catholic Imagination

Is the time ripe for a new Catholic Literary Revival?  Debra Murphy and the folks at Idylls Press think so, and have been actively praying for a renaissance in Catholic letters.

Has the Holy Spirit been whispering to the Daughters of St. Paul? Starting this summer, five of the Pauline Book & Media centers in the US. have launched a new category for their shelves:

Storytelling in the Catholic Imagination

Pauline Books & Media is committed to offering you fiction that: 

1) provides a lens through which to interpret popular culture; 

2) offers underlying themes with a Catholic sensibility (the moral universe, sin & redemption, a supernatural order, the choice for truth); 

3) respects the human person, revealing their dignity, destiny, freedom & responsibility.


Chris Friel and Sister An Mei Lam show the new Storytelling in the Catholic Imagination section of Philadelphia's Pauline Book and Media Center .

The new category features handouts explaining the spiritual aspects of storytelling in the Catholic imagination, as well as bookmarks for each of the new titles explaining how it fits into the overall category.

The five Pauline Bookstores offering the new category are:
Manhattan, NY - 212-754-1110

Alexandria, VA - 703-549-3806

Why don't you think about supporting the effort - make a trip to one of the Centers, see what they are about.  If they don't have what you want, ask if they can get it. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Okay, folks, you may have seen this already but I just received it from Tom Neef and I thought it so enjoyable I just had to pass it on.


BARACK OBAMA:The chicken crossed the road because it was time for
a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MC CAIN:My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he
recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all
the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON:When I was First Lady, I personally helped that
little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely
qualified to ensure right from Day One! that every chicken in this
country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this
really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH:We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road.
We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or
not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle
ground here.

DICK CHENEY:Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL:Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the
satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON:I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE:I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY:Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am
now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled
about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain
against it.

AL SHARPTON:Why are all the chickens white? We need some black

DR. PHIL:The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize
that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road
before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we
need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking
on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH:Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which
is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the
chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of
life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive
across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN:We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but
we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the

NANCY GRACE:That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can
see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN:To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART:No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was
going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs
when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any
insider information.

DR SEUSS:Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad?
Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:To die in the rain, alone.

JERRY FALWELL:Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the
plain truth? That's why they call it the other side. Yes, my friends,
that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become
gay, too.

GRANDPA:In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road.
Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good

BARBARA WALTERS:Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be
listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming
story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to
accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE:It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON:Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads
together, in peace.

BILL GATES:I have just released eChicken 2008, which will not only
cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and
balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of
eChicken 2008. This new platform is much more stable and will
never crash or need to be rebooted.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the
road move beneath the chicken?


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Paulines on the move again!

The title is a little deceptive -- the Pauline Family is always on the move. As a Pauline Cooperator, it is my privilege to showcase the doings of Fr. Alberione's many orders and institutes.

This picture is from the Young Adult Vocation Retreat--Chicago, August 2008 given by the Daughters of St. Paul. One of the first things that attracted me to the Daughters was the way they are always smiling, and so are the people around them. I've gotten to know many of the sisters well by now, and I know their lives are as hard as all our lives. These are no sappy women who smile because they don't know any better. But the Pauline life and the commitment to communicating Jesus' gospel through modern media seems to have a salutary effect all around.

The Daughters of St. Paul have launched a new Catholic fiction effort -- the Catholic Imagination - in the Book and Media Centers, and the Society of Saint Paul (the Pauline priests and brothers) have launched a new online video service -- St. Paul's Tube -- from Fr. Jeffrey Mickler's home base at the Alba House Media Center in Canfield, Ohio.

I'll have more to write about both efforts soon. I am excited for this fall of the Year of St. Paul -- the Paulines are on the move!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Joss Whedon presents his latest musical, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day.

I am guessing from the "Sing-Along" in the title that this was Whedon's response to the suits rescinding their permission for folks to hold Rocky Horror-style Buffy Sing-Alongs to the Buffy musical.

I love Joss Whedon's work. For so many reasons.