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Sister-Ax Evangelizes The Voice: "God Doesn't Take Anything Away from Us"

To the surprise of so many who watched, last week an Italian nun dominated The Voice of Italy by signing Alicia Keys’ “No One” in English. The absolute highlight of her appearance (which you can see in the video below) is when J-Ax, a heavily tattooed Italian rapper and one of the voice coaches, reacts with pure delight to Sister Cristina, including shedding a few tears of joy. Another highlight is that she says she auditioned for the sake of evangelism—something she claims Pope Francis inspired her to do. We are all ears, Sister! I also love that some of her fellow sisters appeared on the show in support.

Here are some highlights. Make sure you click “CC” on the video to get the English captions.

Question: What brought you here to The Voice?
Sister Cristina: I have a gift and I am giving it to you. Shouldn’t things be this way?

J-Ax: If I had met you during the Mass, when I was a child, now I would be Pope! I would surely have attended all the functions.
Sister Cristina: Well you have met me now.

Question: What does the Vatican say about you auditioning at The Voice?
Sister Cristina: Listen, I don’t really know. I am waiting for Pope Francesco to call me on the phone. He always says we should go out and evangelize telling God doesn’t take anything away from us but will give us more. I am here for this. [The audience erupts in applause, and J-Ax begins to cry.]

P.S. Have you seen this? Aaaauuugghhh!!!!!

Another Week Ends: Religious Justice, Self-Esteem Pathologies, WWE <i>SummerSlam</i>, and Jealous Partners

Another Week Ends: Religious Justice, Self-Esteem Pathologies, WWE SummerSlam, and Jealous Partners

1)  Well, if you planned on taking your kids to see Planes, thinking it would be the aviary of the Cars legacy, think again. As it has happened before, Pixar has created something seemingly unrepeatable, except unto itself (and unto scripture), and the Atlantic tells us what it is. Luke Epplin says it is the […]

A New Pentecost, or Maybe Just a Rhetorical Revival, According to <i>Peanuts</i>

A New Pentecost, or Maybe Just a Rhetorical Revival, According to Peanuts

We have written several pieces on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts here before, and in particular on Robert L. Short’s prophetic interpretation in his The Gospel According to Peanuts (1965) here, here, and here. Both Peanuts in general and Short’s book in particular have played meaningful roles in my life ever since my conversion to Christian faith. In fact, […]

A Quick Peanuts

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That's What Christmas Is All About, Charlie Brown: Law and Gospel According to <i>Peanuts</i>, Pt. 2

That's What Christmas Is All About, Charlie Brown: Law and Gospel According to Peanuts, Pt. 2

Christmas is fast approaching, so I find myself thinking about the very first—and arguably most famous—of the Peanuts‘ television specials: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965), which is already airing on ABC and is available to stream on Hulu. Frankly, this post is long overdue: I have intended to write more about Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and its relationship to the theological […]

An Unfortunate Letter from a Frustrated Parent: Brooks, Corinthians, and the Failure of Criticism

An Unfortunate Letter from a Frustrated Parent: Brooks, Corinthians, and the Failure of Criticism

A UK newspaper article went viral last week when the Telegraph published a letter sent from Nick Crews, a retired naval officer, to his three 30-something children. The long and sternly-worded letter expressed the father’s “bitter disappointment” with each of his children for their lack of “maturity and sound judgment to make a reasonable fist […]

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Comfortable Myths, Outright Lies and Breaking through the Fog of Disbelief

Hat tip to a wise friend who recently sent me an article from The Chronicle of Higher Learning entitled “Why Lies Often Stick Better Than Truth.” The thrust of the article has to do with recent psychological research about how people often hold onto slanted information and outright lies—even after being presented with sound counter […]

Public Library Consquence and Amnesty (and Its Fruit)

Public Library Consquence and Amnesty (and Its Fruit)

A recent article over at Consumerist.com about the Chicago Public Library’s recent three-week long amnesty period waiving all overdue fines has caught my attention since this grace period prompted one person to return a 78-years overdue copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It all started when her mom’s childhood friend checked […]

The Gospel According to Peanuts: The Church and the Arts

The Gospel According to Peanuts: The Church and the Arts

Last year sometime, Aaron Zimmerman posted about Robert Short’s seminal The Gospel According to Peanuts, claiming that Short was the original Mockingbird. It took me a few months to get around to it, but I’ve finally read the books in question, and man oh man, they are wonderful! Shame on me – I was expecting […]

Charlie Brown Wumps Ups Against the Bonded Word

Soren Kierkegaard and Charlie Brown: The Original Mockingbirds

Soren Kierkegaard and Charlie Brown: The Original Mockingbirds

Mockingbird’s purpose is “to connect the historic truths of the Gospel with the realities of everyday life in as fresh and down-to-earth a way possible.” That means we use a lot of illustrations. Whether it’s the films of Whit Stillman or Pixar, the music of Elvis or Michael Jackson, or recent headlines from the world […]