Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

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Practicing compassion: the Buddhist path to peace

IMG_8001IMG_8002Writer, musician and life coach Janet Ettele is the author of a series of books on Buddhism — How Generosity Works; How Patience Works, and How the Root of Kindness Works (Karuna Publications) — based on the teachings of the 8th century monk Shantideva.

Sharing the episode is her teacher Geshe Lobsang Dhargey at the Do Ngak Kunphen Ling – DNKL for short — Tibetan Buddhist temple in Redding, CT. The music punctuating the episode is by Janet, from her CD Piano Mandalas.

Here is a list of upcoming events at the temple and surrounding area:

May 12th 11AM-12:30PM – Janet on “Inner Peace as a Way of Life” DNKL, 30 Putnam Park Road, Redding, CT

May 18th: 1-1:30PM Wilton Rotary Club at Marley’s –  “Inner Peace as a Way of Life,” 101 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT 06897

May 19th: the annual Animal Blessing 1-3:00PM at DNKL

May 20th – 9AM-4PM Prayer Flag Ceremony at DNKL

Here’s a link to DNKL’s calendar:

as well as a link to an article about Janet and the temple in the local paper:

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New films: in ‘Created Equal,’ a nun sues; ‘Paul: Apostle of Christ’ is a dreary snooze

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thada and posterProducer Thada Catalon discusses “Created Equal,” available streaming and on DVD, which features Edy Ganem as a young nun suing the Catholic Church for the right to enter a seminary and become a priest. The film also stars Lou Diamond Phillips, Aaron Tveit, Gregory Alan Williams, Lauren Compton, Yohance Myles, John Newberg and Lauren Helling.

paul posterRichard AllevaCommonweal writer Richard Alleva says of the new film “Paul: Apostle of Christ,” the book is better.

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How Catholics Can Lead the Gun Control Charge: the tools are there

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Michael O'LoughlinMichael O’Loughlin, national correspondent for the Jesuit journal America, wrote “How the Catholic Church could help lead a gun control movement.” Find the article here:

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Vatican rejects former President of Ireland & 2 other planned International Women’s Day speakers; drone warfare is on the radar at Hartford Seminary

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HeadshotKateSmallRome-based Kate McElwee, executive director of the Women’s Ordination Conference, praises the previously deferential-to-cardinals organization Voices of Faith for taking its annual International Women’s Day conference outside the Vatican walls after three planned speakers were rejected from the program. One of them is former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, an outspoken proponent of women’s ordination and the mother of a gay son. The March 8th event can be live-streamed at 8 a.m. EST at and can also be accessed within the following week on YouTube and the organization’s Facebook page.


RK photoRev. Richard Killmer, one of the organizers of the  March 14th Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare, promotes the event, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman St., Hartford. The presenters include: Andrea Prasow, associate director of the Washington, DC, office of Human Rights Watch; Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, of Catholic University; Rev. Dr. Chris Antal, a Unitarian Universalist minister who resigned as an army chaplain because of the US lethal drone policy; and Lt. Co. Shareda Hosein, US Army Reserves Ret’d., a Muslim chaplain. Registration is free but a free-will offering will be taken. Lunch will be provided. Register at Call 609-924-5022 for more information or visit




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The Shape of Movies: two critics call by name the Oscar winners and losers


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Richard Alleva and Rand Richards Cooper, writers for the Catholic journal Commonweal, unite in WESU’s studio B for a rollicking look at this year’s Oscar nominees. There were no injuries.

[Notes from the cutting room floor: the interview was edited to fit the time slot. For the record, Richard recommends the Albert Finney portrayal of Winston Churchill in 2002’s The Gathering Storm. And Rand would like you to know that one of this year’s unfairly overlooked films is The Florida Project.]


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A conservative calls out conservatives on their hypocritical choice of Trump

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StephenMansfield-4-LARGEStephen Mansfield, a center-right evangelical Christian historian and biographer, explores in Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him, the reasons the right went wrong as well as the forces that made Trump Trump. Mansfield is also — perhaps presciently — the author of the 2011 book Where Has Oprah Taken Us?

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The sights to go with the sounds

Photos from two NYC marches:

Saturday, Jan. 20th’s women’s march in New York City, one of many all over the world, that drew an estimated 200,000 like-minded men, women, children (and yes, even like-minded pets) to the streets around Central Park. Note the wagging finger at one of the Trump properties we passed: the chant there was “Shame! Shame! Shame!”


Sunday, Jan. 21st’s  Feminism & Faith in Union march that gathered in Union Square and began with a blessing by several noted feminist women, then paraded along 16th St. to the wonderfully progressive St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

Gives one hope.


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A Beautiful March Weekend in January

Today: the sound of women — and the men and children who love them — taking to the streets of New York City.

Along with people all over the world, on Jan. 20, 2018, people gathered on the streets around Central Park to march in solidarity against the policies and behavior of the Trump Administration.

The next day, downtown, Catholic feminists — including men and children — gathered in Union Square and marched to St. Francis Xavier Church on 16th St., in solidarity for women’s ordination.

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Amazing photos from both marches to come tomorrow!


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No ceiling to Michelangelo’s enduring appeal

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Art historian William E. Wallace, one of the world’s foremost experts on Michelangelo and the Renaissance, says a blockbuster exhibit of Il Divino‘s drawings on view until Feb. 12 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC is “a rare opportunity that probably won’t be repeated within lifetime.”

Wallace, a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has spent his adult life studying Michelangelo and his world. The author of several books on his hero, shown above, he’s just completed another on Michelangelo’s architectural achievements. His series of lectures on DVD, The Genius of Michelangelo, is available through the Lion Library system.