James Martin, S.J., and Tim Reidy discuss the highlights of the first half of the final season of "Mad Men." Is redemption possible for Don and his coworkers at Sterling Cooper? How are the characters affected by the sins they commit? And what exactly did Don experience in the final moments of the show?
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Roc O'Connor, S.J., talks about the use of Scripture in contemporary liturgical music and how the liturgy can help with the ongoing faith formation of Catholic Christians. Father O'Connor's article, "We Praise You, O God!," appears in the May 26-June 2, 2014 issue of America.
John W. Martens talks about his new collection of online commentary on the Gospel of Mark and what it is like writing the weekly "Word" column for America. Martens is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn. You can follow him @BibleJunkies and read his online commentary at www.biblejunkies.com and at "The Good Word."
Sir Gilbert Levine, known as "the pope's maestro" for his concerts for Pope John Paul II, talks about a musical celebration on May 5 celebrating the legacy of Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Learn more about the concert, "Peace through Music 'In Our Age,'" and its broadcast on PBS stations here.
Karen Sue Smith, former editorial director of America, introduces listeners to a few notable art exhibits in New York that illuminate crucial turning points in history. They include "Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter" at the National Academy, "Italian Futurism, 1909-1944, Reconstructing the Universe" at the Guggenheim and "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937" at the Neue Gallery.
"America is a Catholic ministry, and both of those words—Catholic and ministry—are carefully chosen," writes editor Matt Malone, S.J., in his recent letter to readers. "Our Jesuit charism guides all of our work. Each time you read America–whether in print or online–you engage with a smart Catholic take on faith and culture, a unique forum for thinking Catholics and those who need to know what Catholics are thinking." Here Dan Pawlus, VP for advancement, talks more about America's ministry and how our readers and listeners can play an important role in our growing community.
This week’s podcast was recorded at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in California. We spoke with Sr. Dianne Bergant, who is a Sister of St. Agnes, and the Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She has also served as the President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic-Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past 30 years. America readers may recognize her as a former columnist for The Word, which she authored from 2002-2005. At LA Congress, Sr. Dianne spoke about just war theory and the natural world. She argues that while the traditional understanding of “just war” addresses the effect of war on human beings and property, it does not adequately take into account the destruction done to the environment. She spoke with us about the legitimacy of this tradition today.
Clementine Bordeaux is an academic coordinator and lecturer in American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. An enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Clementine grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, attended the Jesuit-sponsored Red Cloud Indian School, and later worked as youth ministry coordinator in Pine Ridge. In this podcast, Clementine describes her integration of Catholic and Lakota spirituality, her experience of attending the canonization of St. Kateri Tekawitha, and some of the challenges of Native students today.