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Jim McDermott, S.J., is an associate editor at America.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Super Bowl Sunday is an opportunity like no other to get your message out there. So why doesn’t the Catholic Church ever use it?
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
Last week, after over 50 years of this experience, I was finally given a word that captures what I feel when I see any of the many Laughing Jesus paintings: Cringe.
Cast members of “All Creatures Great and Small”: Siegfreid Farnon (Samuel West), James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) & Tristan Farnon (Callum Woodhouse). Backrow: Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton) & Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley) (PBS Masterpiece)
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
I wonder at the rage we seem to have at the ready when it comes to our favorite pieces of pop culture.
A graphic with two paper silhouettes of heads facing each other, one with a gear inside and the other with a heart.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Is the church really interested in listening and learning from former Catholics? Or is it only “listening” to get them to come back to Catholicism?
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jim McDermott
It is horrifying to think that some people would believe we are living in a simulation. But even more horrifying is the reality that we all actually spend most of our lives behaving like we are.
FaithShort Take
Jim McDermott
Screaming as a form of therapy is not something you hear about much anymore. But I wonder if it is not a practice we should be encouraging in our faith communities. 
Jenny Alderson (Imogen Clawson), Scruff, Jenny’s dog, and James Herriot (Nicholas Ralph) in “All Things Great and Small” (photo: Playground Television Ltd.)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
Truly, at times watching “All Creatures Great and Small” is like visiting Disneyland and thinking Anaheim is amazing when three blocks away families are living in their cars.
Arts & CultureIdeas
Jim McDermott
The New York Times said that “Wordle is a love story.” In a way, isn’t every online bit and bob that we delight in a love story?
Temura Morrison is Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen is Fennec Shand in Lucasfilm's “The Book of Boba Fett" (Disney+, Lucasfilm Ltd)
Arts & CultureTelevision
Jim McDermott
After being tremendously excited by the first two episodes, right now I have to admit, I suddenly have a bad feeling about this.
FaithFaith in Focus
Jim McDermott
Each of these practices can be done in two to five minutes and require no religious background. And I promise that over time, they really can improve your life.