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Movie Review: Into the Woods

Over 25 years ago, Stephen Sondheim’s musical about fairy tales opened on Broadway.  The musical brings together the familiar tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and Rapunzel with an original story of a Baker and his Wife.  The Baker’s Father has been cursed by a Witch, and they are unable to have children.  The Witch comes to the couple and tells them the curse will be reversed if they bring her what she asks.  So all the characters venture Into the Woods to [...]

Raider Catholics – Texas Tech & St. Elizabeth University Parish in Lubbock, TX

Join Fr. Charlie Johnson, O.P., Director of Vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Martin de Porres from January 21-27 as he visits his brother Dominican friars Fr. Bob Perry, O.P., Fr. Emiliano Zapata, O.P., and student brother Carl Joseph Paustian, O.P., who serve the Catholic Community at Texas Tech and St. Elizabeth University Parish.  It has been a place of Dominican preaching since 2010 as the friars continue the Raider Catholic tradition of “bringing Christ to the campus and the campus to Christ.” Follow the mission on  

Movie Review: Wild

Wild is the new movie based on the real life experiences of Cheryl Strayed.  Cheryl lived a hard life.  Her alcoholic father abused her mother Bobbi, until she took Cheryl and her brother and left for good.  Bobbi did the best she could raising her two children by herself with little money.  She always tried to bring happiness into the home.  Bobbi became critically ill with cancer, leaving Cheryl and her brother to fend for themselves.  In her grief, Cheryl turned to drugs and a promiscuous lifestyle.  Cheryl [...]

Movie Review: Whiplash

To say that I’ve seen a lot of movies in my life is an understatement!  However it’s not an understatement to say that Whiplash is one of the most intense movies I’ve ever experienced.   Whiplash is the story of Andrew Nieman (Miles Teller) a first year jazz student in a prestigious music conservatory.  He has long dreamed of being a jazz drummer, and has worked hard at it.  Not only does he want to be a good drummer, he has high aspirations to be great.   One [...]

A Creative Psalm of Brotherhood

I moved to St. Louis on August 11, 2014. I took vows on August 10th in Irving, Texas. I had been so busy, so wrapped up in my own life that I completely missed the shooting of Michael Brown. Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9th, roughly fifteen minutes from my new home at St. Dominic Priory. While trying to balance a new life, a new home, and beginning classes, I moved into a city that had a lot more questions than answers. St. Louis, [...]