“Beowulf,” the Old English epic, received a fresh take in a new translation by Maria Dahvana Headley. It’s astounding from the very first word. Reading this updated classic raises many questions. Are we victims of fate or benefactors of Divine Providence? What makes a good person? And how do we translate ancient texts, like Beowulf or even Scripture, into modern language?
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These nine rules for literary criticism provide helpful reminders for us as we engage in a reality that can so often seem unreal.
The first federal executions in 17 years took place this week. That should motivate you to watch the film “Just Mercy.”
Liverpool F.C. have waited for 30 years to be at the top of English Soccer. This year, the hope of their fans and players finally carried them to claim the English Premier League title. What do they have to teach us about hope?
Is it weird? Punk? Elitist? Or do all these labels fall short of the truth of the matter? Catholics aren’t supposed to fit in any of the cultural boxes the world tries to shove us into.
In this strangest of Easter seasons, what do “Tiger King” and the resurrection of Christ have in common?
In his latest exhortation Pope Francis gives us four quite impossible dreams. Is the pope channeling the Spanish literary legend, Don Quixote?
What a decade for the Jesuits! The 2010s included Sister Jean’s Final Four run, Missy Franklin’s gold medals, new books by James Martin, S.J., the founding of Arrupe College in Chicago, the canonization of Peter Faber, the birth of The Jesuit Post, and (oh yeah!) the election of Pope Francis. Let’s count down the TOP TEN Jesuit events of the decade.
What makes an apology acceptable?
Fr. James Schall, SJ was anything but an ordinary teacher.