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“President Nixon Influenced My Knowledge of Scripture” – An Account of a Comic Imagination in the Making


by Mary Rose Betten When I started as a standup comic I had only five minutes of a standup routine about being a Bus Stewardess for The Surplus Bus Company: "When you ride with Surplus you ride the best of what's left." The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson booked me. They didn’t know I had only five minutes. When you are unknown you appear last on the program. Well, that is... Read More →


“The Best Meaning is Bright” – Flannery O’Connor Deconstructs the Deconstructionists (“God Bless Their Hearts!”)


By Brandon P. Otto Talking about the “best and the brightest” when discussing the meaning of a text is often regarded as the most laughable contradiction nowadays.  “You are old fashioned, my boy,” might the lofty literary theorist say, “for in these times the darkest is seen as the greatest.”  Indeed, it seems far too often that literary critics think that the only good meaning in a text is the one... Read More →


My Father’s Repertoire - Growing up Larger Than Life


by Mary Rose Betten Often I wake in the morning to the long ago memory of my father calling from the bottom of the white farm house stairs for the ten of us to rise and shine. I use the word calling, but, it wasn’t exactly a “start your happy day” voice. I had seven brothers and two sisters so it was more of a drill sergeant blast. There were animals to be fed before... Read More →


Re-imagining the Papacy – a 360-degree View of Francis’s First 365 Days


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh Pope Francis has now been the leader of the Catholic Church for one year. After one year, we now see that the person in charge of our Church is like none before him. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some amazing popes. But we now know after one year that Pope Francis is his own brand of pope. He likes to stir things up.  “I want to see the... Read More →


The Easter Imagination: Looking at the Many Mysteries and Miracles in Our Catholic Heritage


By Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh Columnist and Catholic author Father Dwight Longnecker recently wrote an article entitled “Are Miracles Possible?” which stirred my imagination, making me wonder about miracles in the Catholic Church.  As we approach Easter, we are reminded that all of us benefit from the greatest miracle of all – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  After dying for our sins, he rose again. Simply put, this event is the best gift... Read More →


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