Cover Story: Enough! Remembering that Greed is a Deadly Sin

SHARING PARABLES OF VICE—AND VIRTUE

Goldfinger movie still (2)COVER STORY—Here at ReadTheSpirit we are journalists and storytellers. We try to bring you, each week, the best news about books and films that uplift the spirit while celebrating our world’s diversity. This week, one of our most popular authors, Benjamin Pratt, begins an occasional series reminding us that the world’s great religions have always been a moral guide to avoiding vices (or “evils” or some would say “deadly sins”) and encouraging virtues. Given headlines in recent weeks, we asked Ben to start with “Greed” and its counter-virtue “Charity” (or some would say generosity). We invite you to reflect on this thought-provoking column and, please, share it with friends. Ben calls this first column: “Enough!

Donizetti painting of Greed Avarice (1)AND THERE’S MORE—Ben also is a firm believer that deeper reflections may be prompted by visual meditations. So, this week, he also borrows an idea from the late Phyllis Tickle and invites you—and your friends—to reflect on a disturbing painting by Mario Donizetti.

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A GENEROUS LIFE

Marti and Wayne Huizenga talk about the year of the rat craze (1)GodSigns—Columnist Suzy Farbman profiles the late Marti Huizenga. She and her husband are known nationally for many things, including businesses and professional sports teams they have owned. But Suzy focuses on the natural generosity that flowed from Marti throughout her life to family, friends and important causes including the Humane Society. Here’s a look at a larger-than-life woman—and also the remarkable funeral she planned for herself.

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PBS: EXPLORING AMERICAN EXTREMISM

FOUR DOCUMENTARIES—PBS is airing four documentaries in February that explore the rise of American extremism—and the life of Civil Rights hero John Lewis. David Crumm reviews the first of these films, ‘Birth of a Movement,’ about the first case—a century ago—of a U.S. president welcoming extremists into the White House to celebrate white supremacy. We also list all the other documentaries with air dates and links to learn more.

 

 

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

CHECK OUT ALL OF 2017’s SPECIAL DAYS—It’s as simple as visiting www.InterfaithHolidays.org where you’ll find all of 2017’s major observances listed. Please, alert us if you spot an occasion we’ve missed.

wpid-0213_thumb_candy_hearts_for_Valentines_Day.jpgVALENTINE’S DAYStephanie Fenton has the story about this very popular holiday and its ancient roots.

TU B’SHEVATAnd, did you know the Jewish agricultural festival that’s also known as “The New Year of the Trees” is coming soon? Stephanie Fenton has the story.

PLAN AHEAD FOR LENT! 
Cover Edward McNulty Jesus Christ Movie Star (1)This is one of the unusual years when the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity converge on a single date for Easter: April 16. That means Eastern Orthodox Great Lent begins with Clean Monday on February 27; and Western Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1. Plan ahead with an unusual choice in inspirational reading this year: Enjoy Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film guide to thought-provoking movies about Jesus, called Jesus Christ Movie Star. This is a great choice for individual reflection, a common practice during Lent for millions of Christians, or for discussion in small groups, another popular custom during Lent.

MEATFARE / CHEESEFAREStephanie Fenton reports on Eastern Orthodox preparations for fasting during Lent—and she includes links to some delicious recipes as Eastern Christians prepare to give up meat and then cheese.

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

The Founder movie still with Michael Keaton (1)ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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