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The Ocean of God’s Mercy

August 1, AD2014 2 Comments
The Ocean of God’s Mercy

The cool waters of the shoreline keep lapping at my ankles, and I sink deeper into the spiky sand with the pull of each outgoing wave. Remaining upright becomes an art, with the sea tugging at my footing and the horizon tugging at my eyes and heart. Swelling beyond the last reaches of land, beyond […]

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Heaven Is For Children

August 1, AD2014 1 Comment
Heaven Is For Children

“Unless you turn and become as children, you will never enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) I was doing some reflecting on this simple verse and had some thoughts I’d like to share (for whatever they are worth). Christ Became a Child In the Incarnation, the second Person of the Most Holy Trinity […]

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How Not to Run an Experiment

July 31, AD2014 5 Comments
How Not to Run an Experiment

A study published in the journal Cognitive Science has led its authors to the conclusion that children “exposed” to religious ideas have greater difficulty discerning fact from fiction than their counterparts who have not been “exposed” to religious ideas. I have placed the word “exposed” in quotation marks to draw attention to it. It is one of […]

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Scientific Geniuses and Their Jesuit Collaborators

July 31, AD2014 5 Comments
Scientific Geniuses and Their Jesuit Collaborators

Herbert Butterfield, the influential twentieth-century historian, identified the Scientific Revolution as “one of the great episodes in human history,” which, along with the rise of the empires of Alexander the Great and ancient Rome, deserves a place “amongst the epic adventures that have helped to make the human race what it is.”[i] Numerous Catholic scientists, […]

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Are We Special? The Anthropic Coincidences*

July 31, AD2014 2 Comments
Are We Special?  The Anthropic Coincidences*

Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth—the universe looks suspiciously like a fix. The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves. For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient “coincidences” and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to be necessary […]

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Realism: Incarnation, Relics, and Buddy Holly’s Glasses

July 29, AD2014 5 Comments
Realism: Incarnation, Relics, and Buddy Holly’s Glasses

The philosophical error of our times is to stay stuck inside our heads seeking meaning and coherence in subjectivity, a meaning and coherence that subjectivity cannot give on its own. Catholic realism is a much needed counterpoint to this error. The Catholic tradition recognizes that ideas can’t dwell forever in the hypothetical mode; they demand […]

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Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture!

July 28, AD2014 7 Comments
Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture!

Jesus was a master teacher, the greatest teacher who has ever lived, for He is the Only Son of God. There can be no human teacher who can approach the wisdom of Jesus Christ. One might say with certainty that the Bible is the greatest textbook ever written, for in it is absolute Truth, written […]

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Catholic Liberal Education Today

July 28, AD2014 3 Comments
Catholic Liberal Education Today

Wisdom and virtue The term Catholic liberal education means an education that is (1) Catholic, as defined by the Catholic Church, and (2) liberal, as in in the liberal arts tradition, the tradition of most Catholic education from the beginning. The two words which together most fully describe the goals of a Catholic liberal education […]

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Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States

July 28, AD2014 13 Comments
Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States

Bishop Anthony Taylor, ordinary of the Diocese of Little Rock, released a statement concerning the young immigrants who have arrived on our borders. If people understood the hardships of the situation in Latin America, we would not only invoke the inalienable right to immigrate but also the mercy due to refugees.  For many dioceses in […]

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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 9 Comments
Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

Pope Francis has repeatedly urged us to evangelize. His oft repeated message calls us to share the word of God where we are, saying, “The Church must be in the streets”. As a passionate pro-life advocate, my participation in this call often centers on the sanctity of life. As His creatures, God’s first gift to […]

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Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

July 24, AD2014 6 Comments
Evensong and Icons: Exploring My Faith as an Oxford Student

When the boys’ choir began to proclaim the psalm, tears pooled up in my eyes. On my last evening in Oxford, a fellow classmate and I went to Evensong at Christ Church University. Listening to the renowned chorus of boys was a nearly perfect ending to my trip. Studying in Oxford from the end of May […]

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Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

July 24, AD2014 78 Comments
Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

Something I have always found so intriguing within the parameters of women’s rights debates and feminist issues is how incredibly sacred contraception is to so many women today. It is lauded as a non-negotiable, absolutely critical component to female liberation and body autonomy, a major player in women’s rights and freedom. What joy it is […]

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NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 2 Comments
NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

The following is a series of blog comments posted by Heidi in the comboxes at the blog Little Catholic Bubble. I found her story so moving and inspirational that I asked her if I could consolidate her comments into a blog post in honor of NFP Awareness Week, and she graciously agreed. I’ve done some editing to the text that […]

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