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50 Ways to Love Your Leader

This is a special entry from the November post at billschmitt.substack.com. Please read it on Substack as part of “Phronesis in Pieces”–along with background on the project–or access the four-page “phronesis focus letter” here.

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Right Side of History? Wrong Side of Mystery?

Published in Substack on 10/15/22 at billschmitt.substack.com Religion is making a lot of news. Some pundits say its conventional forms are a remedy for the chaos in society today. Some say religiosity has morphed into a secular theology particularly common … Continue reading

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Privilege Has its Memberships

This two-part blog post combines (and adapts) commentaries written for my regular contributions to “Substack” (found at billschmitt.substack.com). The pair of reflections, which carried dates of August 16 and September 15, respectively, appeared under my Substack title, “Phronesis in Pieces.” … Continue reading

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Pronounced Flaws in Our Messages

(This was also published on August 6 as the first segment of my newsletter at billschmitt.substack.com) Words demand good stewardship. They are multi-dimensional containers of meaning. Never have they been more definition-fluid, and never have they shown more definition-intersectionality, thanks … Continue reading

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Hang-Ups About Spiderman on Film

(Also published on August 5 as the first segment of my newsletter at billschmitt.substack.com) My “Spidey sense” was tingling as I finally watched the Spiderman: No Way Home film. I watched it on DVD, not the web. As an avid fan of … Continue reading

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Gone Fission: This TV Spot is the Bomb!

(Published in the blog of the Magis Center on July 28) This month, the world got to watch a public service announcement released by New York City’s emergency management office. It offers steps to take when a nuclear attack has … Continue reading

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Crash of Symbols

My reporting for the June 25, 2022 issue of The Tablet, Brooklyn’s Catholic diocesan newspaper, reminded me that only one-third of U.S. Catholics say they believe in the “real presence” of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine consecrated at … Continue reading

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Notes for “Saints and Scholars” Presentation

Dear Prof. Albarran and Students: It was an honor and pleasure to talk with you yesterday as part of Holy Cross College’s annual “Saints and Scholars” program. Here are some notes to amplify the thoughts I shared with you about … Continue reading

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Research Report Prompted Bishops to Start National Campaign

(Story by Bill Schmitt published in The Tablet of the Diocese of Brooklyn, June 25, 2022) The backstory of the National Eucharistic Revival planned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) includes surprising statistics from a Pew Research Center … Continue reading

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Bohemian Melancholy

(Also published as a segment of my newsletter on June 13 at billschmitt.substack.com) “What kind of contagion is influencing our young people, and our old people, that they seek to engage in these dramatic mass killings?” That was a rhetorical … Continue reading

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