Shazam! is the most Catholic Superhero Movie of 2019

You may roll your eyes when I tell you that every Catholic must go see “Shazam!” this week. “Please stop trying to see religion in every movie, Fr Joshan!” Maybe I overdo it. But if there’s one movie that’s got ‘Catholic’ written all over it in 2019, this has got to be it! Shazam is…

The Least of These

It was late January, 1999. Churches all across Odisha were under severe protection and no Christian in the state was untouched by fear for their own safety. The reason for this was the shocking murder by the burning of Graham Staines and his two sons by a radical religious group. Religious tensions due to missionary…

DUMBO

One of Disney’s all-time favourite animated classics “Dumbo” (1941) comes back to new life with director Tim Burton’s quirky and imaginative live-action remake, which is sure to make the adults feel nostalgic. Disney is on a roll, with remakes of all its old classics in the pipeline, sure to bring in audiences both old and…

THE FIRST STATION: JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH Have we stood by our friends and family when they have encountered a really difficult situation? When they have really needed our strength and support? Do we condemn others by our indifference to their plight? A parishioner recently told me, “Father, the only positive thing that came…

Captain Marvel

The seeds for the latest film to roll out from Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) stable were laid post-credits at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. (The post-credits teaser in each film from the MCU studio is proving to be the stuff of legend.) Inspite of their best efforts, the Avengers are unable to stop Thanos…

Why Ekta Kapoor’s new surrogate baby should not be celebrated

The January 31st (2019) edition of the Times of India reported that the ‘Queen of Television’ Ekta Kapoor had become a proud mother of a baby boy on January 27 by opting for surrogacy. Bollywood stars and industry bigwigs lost no time in congratulating the new mother on Twitter. Ekta Kapoor is the latest in…

Do Dogs Go To Heaven?

“Father, I lost my dog last week. We put her down because she was 15 and was bleeding profusely internally. She also had pneumonia and possibly cancer. But the thing is…although people and even my parents say it was the only thing we could do and we had to end her suffering, I feel like…

Making Sense of Suffering

When a powerful earthquake struck central Italy in 2016, hundreds were killed in their sleep and entire towns were flattened. I recall a few people saying in interviews given to media outlets at the time, “Why did God do this to us? We are faithful to him, we go for Mass ever so often, we…

What really happened between David and Goliath?

The face-off between David and Goliath is one of the most legendary and widely known stories from the Bible. Even someone not enthusiastic about religion and faith is well-versed with the story. The story has passed beyond the religious sphere and become embedded in the secular narrative. It is the story of the undergo who…

Committed Speaking: The Language of Leadership

On October 16, 2018, the Missouri School of Journalism hosted 8 extraordinary individuals, recipients of the Missouri Honor Medal for distinguished service in journalism. These 8 individuals presented master classes through the day on their relevant field of expertise and experience. Among them was Trisha D. Scudder. Trisha Scudder is a pioneer in executive coaching,…