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Good Friday and the Two Mobs

Good Friday and the Two Mobs

| 04-08-AD2014 | [5]

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

Contraception at Villanova

| 04-08-AD2014 | [10]

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

A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

| 04-07-AD2014 | [4]

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?

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

| 03-28-AD2014 | [6]

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

Virtue is Like Jazz Improvisation

| 03-12-AD2014 | [5]

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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Catholic Education: A Missed Opportunity?

Catholic Education: A Missed Opportunity?

| 02-27-AD2014 | [8]

I recently read a story in a daily newspaper that was heart-warming, sweet, and full of love. However, when I re-thought my initial reaction and looked at it from a different perspective, I realized that my response was an emotional one. Then I became discouraged and somewhat frustrated. This true story combines an educational assignment […]

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Catechism: You Don’t Know Squat

Catechism: You Don’t Know Squat

| 01-23-AD2014 | [18]

It’s really too bad that while the legal profession mandates continuing education for its members to maintain their licenses, the Catholic Church won’t revoke a Catholic’s status for failure to continue learning about his faith. I don’t huff this out with a self-righteous tsk tsk, demanding the excommunication of poorly catechized Catholics. Rather, I snuffle out […]

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Edith Stein on Living Fully in the Present

Edith Stein on Living Fully in the Present

| 01-14-AD2014 | [7]

Edith Stein was an admirer of St. Thomas Aquinas, and like Aquinas, she understood that words mean things, but they do not always mean them unambiguously. President Bill Clinton, for example, testified that what he meant by his testimony in Federal Court depended on the meaning of the word “is.” America laughed not because he was wrong, but because we knew what he was up to. One in the […]

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Talking White Trash

Talking White Trash

| 12-27-AD2013 | [4]

People of a certain age ought to remember the routine that made comedian Jeff Foxworthy a household name. And I’ll give just one example: “If you mow your yard, and you find three cars and a couch, you might be a redneck.” What Foxworthy was describing, though, wasn’t really a redneck. No, there’s another name […]

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When Did Jesus Know He was God?

When Did Jesus Know He was God?

| 12-17-AD2013 | [14]

Little is known about the time between our LORD’s birth in Bethlehem and the Wedding at Cana where he began his public mission. So the question of when Jesus in his human nature assimilated his knowledge of his divine nature is a little more speculative than many other questions. For that reason I’d like to give a disclaimer that this essay is not so much an answer to the question as […]

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Know Your Faith Learning Style (For Self Growth and Evangelization)

Know Your Faith Learning Style (For Self Growth and Evangelization)

| 10-31-AD2013 | [6]

Not all spiritual learning happens in schools, and in fact, the greatest of the saints didn’t amass their holiness from a scholarly institution. When it comes to the subject of faith, there are generally three ways people learn: scholarly/intellectual, emotional/intuitive, and kinesthetic/practical. Occasionally, we may venture out and show interest in other approaches to learning […]

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What Every Diocesan Bishop Ought To Do

What Every Diocesan Bishop Ought To Do

| 10-23-AD2013 | [7]

The “Year of Faith” will end on November 24. But Pope Emeritus Benedict’s objective must go on: to “rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith” (§ 9). Our Catholic faith has an intellectual content to be known so it can be […]

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Keeping Connected to Christ, St. Teresa Style

Keeping Connected to Christ, St. Teresa Style

| 10-17-AD2013 | [1]

Share this on Facebook   “Life is short, read the saints,” once quipped the late Dr. John Senior, the inspiring humanities professor of Kansas University. In his book, The Restoration of the Christian Culture, he lists a few saintly books that are must reads before we die. One in particular, is apropos to mention this […]

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Scrupulosity: A Little Bit of Hell

Scrupulosity: A Little Bit of Hell

| 10-15-AD2013 | [71]

Do you never feel forgiven no matter how many times you confess your sins? Do you obsess over blasphemous thoughts that invade your mind against your will? Do you agonize about whether or not something you’ve done is sinful, even when other faithful Catholics and even your priest assure you that it’s not? Is your […]

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“Truth in Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity of Truth”

“Truth in Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity of Truth”

| 09-30-AD2013 | [29]

This is my 12-stage, decision-maker’s summary of philosopher Mortimer Adler’s argument found in his book Truth in Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity of Truth. When he wrote it, he was still on his hero’s journey of decision-making, as you will see. For purposes of this post, Dr. Adler is the hero. 1. […]

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Feeding The Sheep

Feeding The Sheep

| 09-26-AD2013 | [4]

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” […]

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Ave Maria, Florida

Ave Maria, Florida

| 09-26-AD2013 | [18]

What if you could create the ideal town, based on your Catholic beliefs? What if you could build a town centered upon prayer, open to life, in pursuit of integral truth and centered around family? Well, apparently someone has beaten you to it. Welcome to Ave Maria, Florida. This small town in Southwest Florida used […]

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Don’t Believe in Modern Love

Don’t Believe in Modern Love

| 09-25-AD2013 | [16]

  It might sound like a throwaway question along the lines of “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” But St. Thomas asked in all earnestness how many souls we have. More precisely, “Whether there are other souls besides the intellectual soul, essentially different from the intellectual soul, in man” (ST I, 76, Art. 3). […]

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BUILDING A GLOSSARY FOR CATHOLIC DECISION-MAKERS

BUILDING A GLOSSARY FOR CATHOLIC DECISION-MAKERS

| 09-19-AD2013 | [1]

Here is an alphabetized list of words and phrases that I find helpful during a decision-making process. I have drawn the words from many sources and will continue to add terms I find helpful and that you may want to suggest. Below the list is a separate set of words from The Syntopicon of The […]

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OrderWeedNess

OrderWeedNess

| 08-26-AD2013 | [2]

The city I live in thinks my family has a problem with the virtue of orderliness. An inspector has just sent me an “Environmental Violation Ticket” alleging that our property has on it “rank growth of weeds ten inches or over in height.” If we don’t correct this offense within five days, the city will […]

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The Death of Truth in Catholic Schools?

The Death of Truth in Catholic Schools?

| 08-22-AD2013 | [12]

If you think that 3 x 4 = 12, you might want to think again. With the new Common Core Curriculum Math, 3 x 4 can = 11 or 7 or 235, as long as your child can “show the work to defend their answer.” But, of course, this is so necessary in today’s dystopian world. […]

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Books for Catholic Decision-Makers

Books for Catholic Decision-Makers

| 08-12-AD2013 | [5]

Below are links to books for decision-makers organized by relevant questions and answers that relate to particular milestones along the Decision-Maker’s Path ™. Books for Catholic Decision-Makers 1. Where are you coming from? Your Life as Story Leisure The Basis Of Culture The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community When God […]

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Why Is Today Significant?

Why Is Today Significant?

| 08-12-AD2013 | [1]

As a grad student in journalism, a number of my assignments come in the form of responding to a question, by way of an essay, discussion group, blog post or other task. In a recent class, that question was, “Why is today significant?” Our task? To come up with an answer… in less than 1000 […]

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EEK! The Millennials Are Leaving the Church!

EEK! The Millennials Are Leaving the Church!

| 08-08-AD2013 | [12]

Christianity has not been tried hard and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. G. K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong with the World From Rachel Held Evans’ CNN Belief Blog post, “Why millennials are leaving the church”:  What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change […]

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Taking Aquinas Serieslessly

Taking Aquinas Serieslessly

| 07-08-AD2013 | [10]

Current presentations of the Aristotelian/Thomistic arguments of the Unmoved Mover and the First Cause reject infinite series while often appearing to endorse finite series. This is especially true of analogies. A common analogy for the Unmoved Mover is that of a locomotive imparting motion through a finite series of railway cars. A common analogy for […]

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Socrates or Jesus?

Socrates or Jesus?

| 07-01-AD2013 | [6]

     In his book, Socrates: A Man for Our Times, the author Paul Johnson suggests that getting to know Socrates better might help us through our current struggles.     While I agree with the suggestion of getting to know him better, I also sense that getting to know Socrates may better help us understand Aquinas and […]

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[Video] Dual Wielding the Bible and the Catechism

[Video] Dual Wielding the Bible and the Catechism

| 06-28-AD2013 | [3]

I wanted to personally share a method of reading the Bible with the Catechism that opens up the depths of the faith to you, and is also pretty exciting to do. Dual Wielding I call it “Dual Wielding the Bible and the Catechism” because it sounds epic that way. Basically it is reading the Bible […]

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The Girl Scouts’ Radical Friends

The Girl Scouts’ Radical Friends

| 06-18-AD2013 | [19]

Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.  Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA), offers this pithy saying as her favorite quote. In order to figure out who the Girl Scouts are, I suppose we must follow Ms. Chávez’ logic and look at the organizations that GSUSA […]

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