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God Only Helps Whom?

July 11, AD2014 7 Comments
God Only Helps Whom?

Have you ever heard the story of the man who prayed that God would save him in a flood? He stood on top of his roof, praying that God would save him. Three different rescue teams tried, and when each asked if he was okay and offered to bring him to safety, he turned them […]

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Did Jonah Really Get Eaten by a Whale?

July 1, AD2014 350 Comments
Did Jonah Really Get Eaten by a Whale?

Yes he did, and it can happen to you too. The story in a nutshell is about an obscure prophet named Jonah who was sent by Yahweh to change hearts in the rough town of Nineveh. Jonah tried to escape in the opposite direction but his ship was hit by a storm at sea, a […]

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A Feast of Catholic Learning

June 30, AD2014 6 Comments
A Feast of Catholic Learning

I just returned from a retreat for Catholic educators sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE) and hosted by St. Agatha Academy of Winchester, KY. Thirteen of us spent five days immersed in learning about liberal, or classical, education, and reading works from some of the greatest thinkers in this tradition. The aim was to help us […]

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Science is a Servant, Not a Master

June 3, AD2014 7 Comments
Science is a Servant, Not a Master

What used to be an annoyance to me has grown into a concern. Some who are hostile to Christianity invoke science not as the fruit of our gift of intelligence, but as something superior to faith or even incompatible with it. Yet we Christians have known for millennia that the two are fully compatible and […]

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Protestantism is Subjective, Catholicism is Objective

May 27, AD2014 71 Comments
Protestantism is Subjective, Catholicism is Objective

Please note: When I address the differences between Catholics and Protestants, I am addressing doctrinal issues; I am not judging anyone\’s personal holiness or love for Christ. Once upon a time, five hundred years ago, a group of Christians broke away from the Catholic Church in protest, declaring that the Bible was a Christian\’s only […]

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Benefits of Being Catholic at a Nondenominational University

May 7, AD2014 10 Comments
Benefits of Being Catholic at a Nondenominational University

\”You are looking into that school?\” Many of my parents\’ friends looked at me with narrowed eyes. \”Every student has to take 20 credits of Bible classes. Imagine that: learning faith from a non-Catholic point of view.\” In response, I smiled nervously and shrugged my shoulders. Despite my excitement at the nondenominational school I had […]

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Pope Francis and the Culture of Encounter

May 6, AD2014 5 Comments
Pope Francis and the Culture of Encounter

As we’ve learned, Pope Francis is not one for detailed expositions of philosophical principles. He makes his points using simple one-liners and neologisms, expressions like, “We cannot be Christians part-time.” Once he even called us “riff-raff.” He leaves it to us to work out the details. One phrase that recurs in the homilies of Pope […]

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Do Kids Need Intelligent Design Theory to See Design?

May 3, AD2014 10 Comments
Do Kids Need Intelligent Design Theory to See Design?

I’ve been hesitant to weigh in on the intelligent design debate because so much is already written, and I’m still forming an opinion. The body of work is computational and possibly, in part, an exact and quantitative science of objects in so far as the researchers study patterns (quantities) in nature (objects) to infer design. The […]

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Good Friday and the Two Mobs

April 8, AD2014 5 Comments
Good Friday and the Two Mobs

In the days leading up to Good Friday, Jesus was encountered by two different kinds of mobs that had entirely different responses to him and thereby suffered two different fates. Both mobs were convicted and condemned, but in very different ways. “This Mob is Cursed” (John 7:49) There were many people in Israel who were […]

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Contraception at Villanova

April 8, AD2014 10 Comments
Contraception at Villanova

There seems to be a case of the “gimmie-gimmies” going around. While the First Amendment is essentially on trial before the Supreme Court, a student group at Villanova University wants free contraception offered at the Augustinian University, modeling itself after similar programs at Georgetown University and Boston College. While the student group would not be an official […]

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A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

April 7, AD2014 4 Comments
A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7) God calls us to a life of service for our own good. This was true under the order of original holiness and justice. It remains true despite our subjection to original sin. It continues to be true under the economy of the Redemption, in which we are […]

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How Do St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Aquinas Inspire You?

March 28, AD2014 6 Comments
How Do St. Thomas More and St. Thomas Aquinas Inspire You?

When we say, “Someone inspires us,” what do we mean? Do we mean someone fills us with good feelings or someone’s example pushes us on to do greater things? The word “inspire” comes from the Latin word, inspirare, which means “to breathe upon, to blow into,” or animate with an idea or purpose. As shown […]

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Virtue is Like Jazz Improvisation

March 12, AD2014 13 Comments
Virtue is Like Jazz Improvisation

What exactly is virtue, and what does it mean to live a good life? Once again, the Catholic tradition views this question much differently than the modern world does, and the modern world seems to be struggling with its solution. Therefore I think the question deserves a second look. Two Views of Virtue The Rationalist […]

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