In the Fullness of Time: The Fullness of Family

The 12-Year-Old Jesus in the Temple, by Carl H. Bloch (1869).

The incident related in the Gospel of Luke, celebrated as the “Finding in the Temple,” has always been troubling. It’s the one and only glimpse we’re given into the “secret life” of the Holy Family. Earlier, we see baby Jesus … [Read more...]

“Ressourcement,” “Aggiornamento,” and Vatican II in Ecumenical Perspective

Echeverria photos 7-24-14

(S)ome interpreters of Vatican II took renewal to be merely a matter of the Church’s adaptation or accommodation to the standards of the modern world ... they took aggiornamento as an “isolated motive for renewal” ... simply adapting … [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 Understanding of Revelation in “Dei Verbum” and the Response of Faith

Gourlay photos 6-7-14

While this notion of revelation, understood as the manifestation of ... Christ himself, has been with the Church since the very beginning. There have been many confusions and reductions over time that have altered the very essence of the … [Read more...]

Beauty and Biblical Interpretation: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Response to Modern Biblical Studies

Murray photos2-5-23-14

Key to Balthasar’s response to modern biblical studies is his concept of beauty ... Balthasar links beauty to human perception, and the way human beings gain knowledge. Over the past 100 years—amidst the confusion and darkness … [Read more...]

Looking Back at “Humani Generis”

Van Hove photos 12-23-13

The 1950 encyclical Humani Generis, “Concerning Some False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine,” should be understood in the context of the pontifical effort to reform Catholic intellectual … [Read more...]

Vocation for the Wives of Ordained Permanent Deacons

Kaufmann photos 4-12-13

Women who pray for the Church, and who are spouses of permanent deacons (or those in formation), are undoubtedly responding to a unique grace of personal mission that comes to them as a result of their baptism.   I was at a retreat in … [Read more...]

Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

snow-scene-forest-collage

Just when I am about to succumb to the sadness and living death of nihilism, some piercing ray of beauty breaks open my heart, and the breath of possibility returns. I recently visited the Botanical Garden in St Louis.  Amid the sights … [Read more...]

Obstacles to Reading Scripture in Modernity: Von Balthasar’s Response

Garland photos 12-23-12-2

Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theological aesthetics {are} a remedy for the breakdown in modern biblical exegesis and the groundwork of an approach to revelation that allows the glory of God to show forth in all of its splendor. In the … [Read more...]

Credible Communion: The Witness of Apostolic Religious Life

Goulding photos 11-30-12

When the Church has been humiliated and vilified by public scandal ... I suggest we need to shift our focus to Christ.   Introduction “How can you write anything credible about the witness of religious life today?” I was asked by a … [Read more...]

The Role of Faith in Culture

What should a person of deep culture but no faith do when realization of the West’s spiritual collapse suddenly dawns in his mind and becomes an unshakable conviction? Should he retreat to the protected groves of academe and protest … [Read more...]

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