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Scientific Geniuses and Their Jesuit Collaborators

July 31, AD2014 0 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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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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Creatio ex Nihilo: Theology versus (?) Physics*

July 15, AD2014 20 Comments
Creatio ex Nihilo: Theology versus (?) Physics*

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” Gen 1:1-2 (KJV) “The laws of nature themselves tells us that not only can the universe have […]

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Declaration of Independence: A Spiritual Angle

July 4, AD2014 2 Comments
Declaration of Independence: A Spiritual Angle

With the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence upon us, it seems fitting to ponder the price of freedom and the meaning of true independence. Many have paid the ultimate price with their very lives in order to help establish the freedoms that America has enjoyed for so long. The selflessness required of soldiers […]

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The Remarkable Jesuit Chinese Missions

July 3, AD2014 6 Comments
The Remarkable Jesuit Chinese Missions

In late December 1668, in a contest held at the Chinese Bureau of Astronomy, the Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688) correctly predicted the length of a shadow cast by a vertical rod. The Kangxi Emperor was impressed. But he challenged Verbiest to two additional tests: the prediction of the exact position of the sun and planets […]

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General Longstreet, Catholic Convert, Husband of “The Fighting Lady”

June 17, AD2014 2 Comments
General Longstreet, Catholic Convert, Husband of “The Fighting Lady”

Hattip to Pat McNamara of Patheos for his post on General Longstreet’s conversion which inspired this post. General Lee referred to James “Pete” Longstreet as his “Old War Horse”. One of the more talented corp commanders of the Confederacy, Longstreet’s memory was long blackened in the South after the War due to Longstreet becoming a Republican […]

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The Holy Ghost vs. The Holy Spirit

June 9, AD2014 31 Comments
The Holy Ghost vs. The Holy Spirit

” . . . the Holy Ghost over the bent World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings”. Gerard Manley Hopkins “Your soul is the ship, the Holy Spirit is the wind; he blows into your will and your soul goes forward . . . ” Fr. Francis Libermann, cofounder of the order C.S.Sp (Congregation of the Holy […]

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The Priest of the Confederate Prison in Andersonville

May 20, AD2014 1 Comment
The Priest of the Confederate Prison in Andersonville

I normally take great pride in being an American, but there are passages in our history which all Americans should be ashamed of.  During our Civil War in many prison camps, both North and South, prisoners of war (POWs) were treated wretchedly with inadequate shelter, clothing and food.  The worst by far was Andersonville. The […]

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Presence Evangelism

April 30, AD2014 7 Comments
Presence Evangelism

I call the new movement of God Presence Evangelism, because it is quiet, subtle and entirely grassroots. The stars have fallen. The big names have grown old. Society is weary of huge, dazzling Christian shows.  People crave reality. They do not respond to the evangelism of the 20th century. Of course God is working through new technology as well, […]

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Father Walter Ciszek: With God in Russia

April 23, AD2014 7 Comments
Father Walter Ciszek: With God in Russia

Perhaps there are braver men than Walter Ciszek, but they don\’t come readily to mind. Hard enough to be brave for a short period when the adrenaline is flowing. Ciszek was brave under often horrendous circumstances for almost a quarter of a century. Born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on November 4, 1904, the son of Polish immigrants, […]

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Should We Shun the God of the Old Testament?

March 17, AD2014 22 Comments
Should We Shun the God of the Old Testament?

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion “…the dangers of believing in a God […]

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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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Lenten Courage: Blessed Clemens von Galen, The Lion of Munster

February 25, AD2014 6 Comments
Lenten Courage: Blessed Clemens von Galen, The Lion of Munster

\”Neither praise nor threats will distance me from God.\” – Blessed Clemens von Galen (1878-1946) . The Nazis hated and feared Clemens August Graf von Galen in life and no doubt they still hate and fear him, at least those now enjoying the amenities of some of the less fashionable pits of Hell.  Going into Lent, […]

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