Voices
Jim McDermott, S.J., is America’s Los Angeles correspondent.
The author offering Mass in his room on Facebook 
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
We begin each Mass like the disciples, locked in our rooms, isolated and maybe afraid. Then out of nowhere Jesus appears in our midst and brings us together.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, right, and Gov. Gavin Newsom tour the mass Covid-19 vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Jan. 15. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
Age-based, “first come, first serve” strategies appear impartial, but statistics indicate that everyone is not the same.
Registered nurse Nikki Hollinger cleans up a room as a body of a COVID-19 victim lies in a body bag labeled with stickers at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 400,000 in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Jim McDermott
It is as though there are two parallel universes co-existing here, one hopeful and “normal for now,” the other overwhelmed by suffering.
Clockwise: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” John Krasinski’s “Some Good News,” “The Queen’s Gambit” and “Tiger King” (photos: Netlfix, Youtube)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
In 2020 the best TV was whatever got you through the night.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Hidden amid its meme-ready moments, “The Mandalorian” is quietly investigating the inadequacy of our ideas about each other.
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
‘The Boys’ gleefully satirizes every aspect of superhero movies by showing how corrupt all-powerful beings would be if they existed in the real world.
Courtney Vance, Jonathan Major and Jurnee Smollett in ‘Lovecraft Country’ (phoot: HBO)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Placing three Black characters at the center of a new TV series yields fresh, unexpected turns.
At the Joyce Center, a new retreat house for the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., full length windows offer views of the reservoir below, over which the sun rises each morning (photo: Tom Rettig).
FaithFeatures
Jim McDermott
These modern retreat centers are helping people grow closer to God.
Photo: Unsplash/Svyatoslav Romanov
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
At times “10 Things” feels like being witness to little acts of self-liberation.
Photo: IMDB
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Watching the finale, my mind wandered through places in my life that have been special to me.