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Author Cathleen Falsani

(RNS) Don’t believe most of what you’ll hear about Kevin Smith’s new movie, “Red State.” It is not an angry tirade against religion, nor is it an attack on Christianity guised as a horror flick laden with gratuitous violence. Smith has described “Red State” as a horror film, and it is that, but not in […] Read More

(RNS) In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, “Lojong” is the practice of training one’s mind to be clearer and more compassionate by studying and meditating on 59 short aphorisms from the Buddha’s teachings. No. 21 on the Lojong list: “Approach every situation with a joyful mind.” If Jeff Bridges hadn’t chosen to self-title his new album […] Read More

(RNS) A week or two after the 2004 election, I was dining with some friends in New York when the conversation turned to religion and politics—the two things that you’re never supposed to discuss in polite company. George W. Bush had just been re-elected with the help of what was described in the media as […] Read More

(RNS) Next to lists of emergency phone numbers tacked to the inside door of her kitchen cabinets, Jennifer Grant has posted prayers to remind her that parenthood is both a labor of love and a sacred calling. Inside the cupboard with the cereal bowls is a prayer from page 829 of the Book of Common […] Read More

(RNS) “Music,” Ludwig van Beethoven said, “is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” Transcending dogma, creed, culture and even language, music has the power to elevate the soul as well as the mind. It’s the source of a type of faith as often discovered outside traditional organized religion as within it. While […] Read More

(RNS) St. Patrick’s tooth. Justin Bieber’s hair clippings. The bloodstained gloves that Mary Todd Lincoln carried to Ford’s Theatre. What do they have in common? They are relics—prized keepsakes, preserved because of their association with significant people and events. Bieber fans who line up for hours to peer at a lock of the teen idol’s […] Read More

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Terrence Malick’s new film, “Tree of Life,” is nearly indescribable. Not because its beauty or virtuosity are beyond words, although it has its moments. “Tree of Life,” which opens on Friday (May 27), is iconoclastic, its plot nonlinear, constructed by a series of impressions, images and the emotionally charged dynamic between its […] Read More

(RNS) “Thor,” a thoroughly entertaining and surprisingly funny thrill ride of a movie, is the kind of cinematic legend where the only word that truly seems to fit is “epic.” Director Kenneth Branagh, best known for bringing Shakespearean classics such as “Henry V” and “Hamlet” to the big screen, is pitch perfect with his celluloid […] Read More

(RNS) So, according to the long-form birth certificate released by the White House on Wednesday (April 27), Barack Hussein Obama II was born at 7:24 p.m. on Aug. 4, 1961 at Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital, 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii. Phew! Glad that’s settled. Or at least it seemed to be settled for […] Read More

(RNS) In its new Sunday night series, “The Borgias,” Showtime has found the magic combination for ultimate crowd appeal in a scintillating soap opera about a bad-boy pope. “The Borgias” follows the quasi-historic story of the Spanish noble family who, with the ascent of Rodrigo Borgia as Pope Alexander VI in 1492, brought a nighttime-television-style […] Read More