Lewis, Tolkien, and the Creative Power of Music
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by chicoinematt
12h ago
Editor’s Note: Post originally published on May 26, 2019. Music is powerful. Something inherently in music provides peace and joy amidst stress and turmoil. At least that is the experience I have when listening to music. There exists a certain universal quality to music that draws all mankind together. Below I will provide examples from literature and the tradition of Catholic Church to show evidence of music’s capacity to unite people through its creative power. Aslan’s Aria Similar to the creation story in the Book of Genesis, the creation of Narnia takes place through the creative voice of ..read more
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A 1433 Word Interview with the Creator of New Kingdom: Gardeners
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by chicoinematt
4d ago
Editor’s Note: Matthew Chicoine interviewed Jack Dunbar via phone call on March 27th, 2024. Some of the questions have been rearranged and edited to provide the best reader experience without losing any integrity of the answers given. Tell me a bit about your faith story. I’m 32 years old and grew up in a small town. My parents didn’t expect to have kids and I’m an only child. My mom was raised as a Roman Catholic but she wasn’t really practicing her faith. Both her and my dad were nominal Christians. I was baptized as an infant. I got into youth group and got to know the Youth Group Lea ..read more
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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 132
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by chicoinematt
4d ago
Hope you had a Blessed Feast of Pentecost!! Time for another Catholic Meme Monday. I’ve been listening to the Chronicles of Narnia on CD in my car between errands. I love this quote!!So accurate. Always use memes to preach the Gospel.    Jesus is the true “Most Interesting Man in the World”Not a meme but had to share a drawing of the Holy Spirit by my oldest son. So fancy! Amen! My favorite usage of this Seinfeld meme template ..read more
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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 131
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by chicoinematt
1w ago
Hope you had a Blessed Feast of the Ascension!! Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.   Saint Matthias pray for us! I stepped outside for a few minutes to sweep my garage and I heard my kids yelling, ” Not Saint Francis!”. I guess my dog loved the patron saint of animals too much. What’s the most Catholic thing you ever texted someone? Can I connect to The Promised Lan? A belated Star Wars Day meme. Amen! Who else etched this on the top corner of every assignment in Catholic school? Jesus take the wheel ..read more
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4 Reasons Why the Sacrament of Marriage is Necessary for a Healthy Society!
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by chicoinematt
1w ago
Editor’s Note: Post originally published on June 20, 2017. A lot have happened since the writing of this post. My grandfather passed away in 2018. My wife gave birth to our youngest child later that year. But what continues to remain true is the importance of the Sacrament of Matrimony and that God is good all the time. This summer my wife and I celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary! In honor of this event, I figured I would dedicate a post to our marriage. I also want to highlight the positive effects the sacrament of marriage has on society it’s vital to a salubrious society. Along with ..read more
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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 130
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by chicoinematt
2w ago
Hope you had a Blessed Sixth Sunday of Easter!! Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.   An early Ascension meme. Wayyyy too accurate. Amen! “Bacon is back on the menu.” —Fr. Mason, Holy Spirit Parish, homily Fifth Sunday of EasterMeme I made last year for Saint Joseph’s feast day. The real Catholic influencer. Words of wisdom. Saint Francis de Sales (patron saint of journalists) would have an interesting time editing this interview ..read more
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What God Taught Me in 2014 to Prepare for My Current Suffering
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by chicoinematt
2w ago
Life was a maelstrom for my family in 2014…. and it’s trending that way in 2024. Ten years ago my family dealt with my son getting abused at daycare, a miscarriage, and the first of four ear surgeries for our daughter. This year opened with my wife hurting her knee and ankle.  Then my daughter had to go to the ER a couple times in addition to a hospital stay for GI issues. And on top of it she has her fourth ear surgery in February. Our vehicle had to be repaired while we had these medical issues going on. But 2014 prepared me for a year like 2024. It taught me that God is with you even i ..read more
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Catholic Meme Monday— Issue 129
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by chicoinematt
2w ago
Hope you had a Blessed Fifth Sunday of Easter!! Time for another Catholic Meme Monday.   God has a plan. Peter did tend to act rashly. Saint Athanasius pray for us. Sooooo many names!! Here’s a sign. Pew Patrol. Yes!! A very niche meme but one I had to make. May the Force be with you—always. endor #bible #catholicmeme ..read more
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3 Reasons Why St. Athanasius is My Favorite Saint!
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by chicoinematt
3w ago
I never even heard of Saint Athanasius during my formative years in Catholic education. Now he’s my favorite Catholic saint! I first learned of Athanasius when I was taking a Master’s course on the Trinity. With today being the feast day of St. Athanasius I want to share three key things about his life that make him my favorite saint of all-time! Fighter against Heresy Born in 296 A.D, Athanasius grew up in arguably the most chaotic time for the Catholic Church. A sinister heresy known as Arianism infested the 4th century Church. This heresy asserted that Jesus was not the Son of God, but sim ..read more
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Overcoming Creativity Cave-Ins
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by chicoinematt
3w ago
Sometimes, I have felt trapped in terms of my thoughts and what I want to write or say. I go through periods as a writer where I want to write something really profound and amazing. I have these ambitions to write, and I just don’t know exactly how to start. Simliarly to when you’re learning to walk, you have to put one foot forward and then the next after that. You’re going to fall, and you’re not going to have the perfect introduction at times. It’s not going to be super inspiring or as exciting as what you normally write. But the key is to start and to just go from somewhere. Blank Page, Da ..read more
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