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On Every Breaking Wave

  As a U2 fan, I was one of three people not complaining about a free album that showed up my iTunes library last year. New music from my favorite band, pro bono? [See what I did there?] Yes, please.   One of the most poignant and heart-breaking tracks from Songs of Innocence received amazing new life through its new…

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Greatness Awaits…Outside of Video Games

You may have seen the commercials: daring soldiers dodging blasts and gunfire, brothers in combat slaying dragons and flipping cars, or maybe a shadowy figure parkouring over rooftops in an ancient land…all of these images accompanied by explosions because, well…explosions are cool. “Greatness Awaits,” is the final slogan. Greatness awaits…in video games. Ah, now I see. It’s amazing how that…

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The Worship of the Weight Room

“Gym in the AM. Party in the PM. “ I saw a woman sporting a shirt with this message in the gym recently and I had to chuckle. That’s life, huh? The gym and partying? Lather, rinse, repeat. I like to lift heavy things (and then put them down) a few times a week, but lately I’ve observed an almost…

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I Didn’t Lose My Virginity When I Got Married

BY JACKIE ANGEL I’ve never punched someone in the face, but there are definitely times I wish I could ignore the virtue of self-control and let a fist fly. A few months before my wedding, someone asked me (knowing that I was a 29-year old virgin by choice), “So, is your fiancé a virgin, too?” I replied, “Nope.” She responded,…

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Your Twenties Are Over

I turned 30 the other night and it was pretty uneventful. No meteors fell from the sky, no wailing or gnashing of teeth, no Armageddon. I spent time with family and friends, I ran out to Home Depot (because it’s the place to be on the weekend), and I changed poop-filled diapers. Shortly before midnight, Jackie leaned over and notified…

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Pornography: Fighting the New Drug

My friend Sam fell into a bad crowd during high school and I sadly saw him transform from a bubbly, happy kid to a constantly doped-up “player,” and I thought the Sam I knew was gone forever. A few years later, after hitting rock bottom and experiencing a massive conversion, Sam was back with that old, familiar glow in his…

The Catholicity of Captain America

Note: This article originates from a quite nerdy conversation with Fr. Mike Schmitz; it is the fruit of his thought. I felt called to share it with a wider audience for the education of many and the salvation of souls. From my earliest memories I was Batman. I grew up on the ‘90s Batman cartoons, having all the toys, and…

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