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Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
Arts & CulturePodcasts
Jim McDermott
“There’s a logic that is embedded in the melodies of these tunes that helps the congregation remember them,” Maestro Colin Britt explains on the latest episode of “Hark!”
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
You can have your Vegas heist movies, Hollywood; I will take the hustle in which a bunch of college guys end up secretly delivering gifts to freshmen every time.
Arts & CulturePodcasts
Jim McDermott
As odd as it sounds, the song’s uncertain quality is actually quite fitting. Unlike other popular carols, “Emmanuel” is a song not for Christmas but for Advent.
FaithAdvent Reflections
Jim McDermott
In this season of Advent, when we are trying to free our hearts for the Lord, perhaps we can put some of our own struggles with siblings into St. Andrew’s hands.
Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim gestures during a gathering at Tufts University in Medford, Mass., on April 12, 2004. Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century, has died at age 91. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Arts & CultureTheater
Jim McDermott
Sondheim’s stories and lyrics always seemed to be addressing you personally. You couldn’t simply watch his musicals. Eventually you had to contend with them.
Arts & CultureFilm
Jim McDermott
Most of us will enter into the weekend feeling like Steve Martin’s Neal Page, entirely justified in our desires. We should be able to have a Thanksgiving that is not filled with craziness or fighting!
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Staples Center in Los Angeles is now the Crypto.com Center. St. Patrick’s Cathedral will no doubt continue to change in the coming decades, but one thing it will never do is rename itself #JesusWins Cathedral.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
If some of your family members aren't vaccinated, you might have some hard choices to make this holiday season. St. Ignatius can help.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
One of the best parts of Christmas is hearing about how other people celebrate it. And in Venezuela, they have all-night roller skating, which ends with everyone skating to Mass at dawn.
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
That morale is down for priests across the country is not exactly stop-the-presses material. But I wonder if it isn’t the canary in the coal mine of the Catholic Church today.