Competing Theories of Christ’s Atonement: Penal Substitution, Economic Transaction, or Obediential Love?

McCusker photos 7-20-14

The Passion is understood as an act of a personal God atoning for the personal offense of sin. The personalist understanding of the atonement is deeply linked to the framework of the relationship between Christ and the members of his … [Read more...]

Let More Sunshine in Your Life

Nessell photos 7-21-14

A gentle man understands it is wiser to live without anger than to try to make moderate use of it. He knows that as soon as he is surprised by anger, it is better to turn from it than to start a discussion with it. The woman caught in … [Read more...]

Breaking Down the Barriers to Prayer

Cunningham photos 7-19-14

The heart hardens with a kind of moral crust that excludes compassion for others and prevents communication with others, especially God. Habits of sin, especially the seven deadly sins, keep us focused on our own pleasure, honor, and … [Read more...]

Catholic Ecumenism: Towards an Integration of Faith, Hope, and Charity

Catholic Ecumenism collage

The purpose of this one Church is to bring about the supernatural communion of all humanity together in the Spirit, under Christ as head, giving praise to the Father.  Popes Pius XI, Pius XII, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Pope … [Read more...]

Teaching the Faith: Contributions from Thomas Aquinas

Teaching the Faith-St. Thomas Aquinas Contributions collage

God's love, mediated through the articles of faith, is a communication of God's love speaking to us. Those who hear, and cling to the merciful speech of God, in faith, are the ones who attain this saving knowledge.   "But when the Son … [Read more...]

Time to Abandon the Genesis Story?

Bonnette photos 7-8-14

Legitimate science can never assert that Adam and Eve are impossible. It might claim that they are improbable, but never impossible. God’s omnipotence can always make short work of long odds.   Is the Genesis story of a literal Adam … [Read more...]

The Glory of the Mass

Morrow photos 7-7-14

Obviously, the Mass is a glorious thing. It is the way God continues to feed his people; it is the way Jesus Christ—God made flesh—keeps his promise never to leave us orphans. Those who attend daily Mass have been given an … [Read more...]

Home and School in American Catholic Life

Home and School in American Life collage

This essay argues that understanding the historical reasons why Catholic schools and homeschooling arose can help one to see how both may contribute to the revitalization of a Catholic subculture and American society in complementary … [Read more...]

The Problem with “A Personal Relationship with Jesus”

Boyd photos 7-9-14

... a baptized, confirmed Catholic who faithfully partakes of the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion in the manner prescribed by the Church certainly has a “personal relationship” with Jesus, whether or not he or she uses … [Read more...]

Shakespeare and the Franciscan Order

Colston photos 7-6-14

Shakespeare’s most famous Franciscan character is Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet. ... Friar Laurence indirectly relates tragic paradox to divine power; grace so fills the world that evil can be brought out of good, yet, good can also … [Read more...]

Homilies for July 2014

Sacred Heart collage for July homilies

Homilies For Sunday Liturgies and Holy Days, July 2014   14th Sunday of Ordinary Time—July 6, 2014 Jesus, meek and humble of heart Purpose: Today’s readings provide one of the most wonderful opportunities, in the three-year … [Read more...]

A God of Created Desires

God of Created Ideas collage

The Lord has given us desires, and wants to fulfill them, with his care, and with his peace; he wants us to flourish in knowing him, and directing all endeavors and expectations to him. St. Ignatius of Loyola knew, better than most, of … [Read more...]

Decoding Vatican II’s Marian Paradigm Shift

Sauppe photos 6-22-14

This Vatican II Mariological paradigmatic shift reverberated into all areas of ecclesial theology and liturgy, through a new hermeneutic or interpretation that went beyond the council’s purview and became what is described as a new ethos, … [Read more...]

The “Inhumanity” of the Homosexual Lifestyle

Conner photos 6-23-14

To love as a person is freely to wish goodness for someone ... Love always wants to affirm, and to better, one’s friend. Through the power of free choice, true love makes the friend, not the self, the beneficiary. Can there be a … [Read more...]

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