Worth a Thousand Words: Iconography as Language

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Women Deacons: At What Price?

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Beginning Each Day in the Presence of God

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The Power and Powerlessness of Mercy

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John and John: The Last Two Prophets of the Parousia

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John and John The Last Two Prophets of the Parousia

The Metaphysics of Christian Love

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Philosophy Is About Real Questions: Why the Pain If There Is No One There?

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Worth a Thousand Words: Iconography as Language

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” as the saying goes. This common phrase hints at something deeper: the profound ability of images to communicate ideas. This should not surprise us. Words are signs, pointing to something … continue reading..

Women Deacons: At What Price?

(This article was originally published in the print version of Homiletic & Pastoral Review, July 1996.) Now that Pope John Paul II has "definitively" ruled out women priests in his apostolic letter to the bishops, others … continue reading..

Beginning Each Day in the Presence of God

We’ve all heard, and we all know from experience, how important it is to start the day off right. If we wake up grumpy, or overly tired, it is much more difficult to face the challenges of each day cheerfully and with optimism. … continue reading..

The Power and Powerlessness of Mercy

In seeking to appreciate as well as to imitate the mercy of God—which the Church proclaims in a special way in this Jubilee Year—a concept of “power” would seem, if not contradictory, at least not helpful for our spiritual … continue reading..

John and John: The Last Two Prophets of the Parousia

Prophecy and conscience can be compared to a bride and a groom. Their relative individual strength depends upon the strength of the relationship between them. Prophecy, like a groom, offers itself to the conscience so that the … continue reading..

The Metaphysics of Christian Love

Introduction This essay will largely confine itself to the thought of two Christian writers on the nature of love: Josef Pieper and Josef Ratzinger. The latter, being the younger of the two, is immensely indebted to the ideas of … continue reading..

Philosophy Is About Real Questions: Why the Pain If There Is No One There?

Although we are naturally philosophers (cf. Fides et Ratio, 3-4, 33), what will bring that search for the truth to the fore and confront us with a question in search of an answer? There are those, however, that claim that truth … continue reading..

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