The Understanding of Revelation in “Dei Verbum” and the Response of Faith

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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...]

Faith Needs Philosophy: A Primer on the Relationship between Reason and Revelation

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The great philosophers that preceded the Judeo-Christian Revelation demonstrated many of the truths about God and the faith that are affirmed in Scripture, and are what St. Thomas calls the preambles of faith.   I recently had a brief … [Read more...]

“Where your synthesis is, there lies your heart.” An Early Look at Pope Francis’ Vision for the Church

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Jesus Christ is the center – the driving source – of the entire Exhortation. Those who have been called, and have accepted Christ are sent into their particular life’s world to spread his name, and to do it joyfully. The sentence: … [Read more...]

The Papacy: The Person Versus The Office

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What draws the secular media to the Vatican ... (for now) is the man who is able to translate these truths into action, and to proclaim our doctrine with personal conviction.     It is one of those few moments forever emblazoned on … [Read more...]

To Jesus, Through Mary, In the Spirit of St. Joseph: The Wheat, the Rose, and the Lily

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St. Louis de Montfort and St. Maximillian Kolbe, ... have consistently taught that the most appropriate response on our part to Mary's role as spiritual mother is filial entrustment, or “total consecration” to her. This perfect … [Read more...]

Preaching IN and TO a Post-Modern World

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Indeed, preaching must be improved.  However, before preaching can be improved, one must first be aware of the cultural context in which one lives today. Jesus asked by chief priests by what authority he preaches - By Tissot Over the … [Read more...]

Recovering the Christian Tradition: Self-denial & Self-fulfillment

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It is time now, on the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, to focus the light on the recovery of the riches of the Christian message regarding self-fulfillment and self-denial ... to enrich the new culture with the old.  Christ and the … [Read more...]

St. Joseph, “blessed spouse of Mary”

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Scripture and sacred tradition do not tell us too much about Joseph.  Yet, all we need to know is that the heart of his life beats between Mary and Jesus, how he found his truest self between our Lady and her God. St. Joseph and the … [Read more...]

On Thinking the Actual World Out of Existence

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The scanty conceptions to which we can attain of celestial things give us, from their excellence, more pleasure than all the knowledge of the world in which we live; just as a half-glimpse of persons that we love is more delightful than a … [Read more...]

An Ignatian Bishop of Rome

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Like Bergoglio’s choice of the name Francis—after the Poverello of Assisi rather than the Jesuit Francis Xavier—the phrase “presides in charity” and its evocation of “the other Ignatius” may turn out to be interpretive keys to … [Read more...]

The Beatitudes and the Gospel of Luke

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And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: “Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now; for you shall be filled.  Blessed are ye that weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed shall you be … [Read more...]

The New Evangelization: The Holiness of the Church

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The New Evangelization is our cooperation with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the 21st century ... an evangelization foreshadowed by Vatican II, according to Popes John XXIII and Paul VI ... an evangelization whose importance became … [Read more...]

The Septuagint in the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI

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In ascribing to the Septuagint a theological relevance reaching above and beyond the literal content of its Hebrew source, making it an “independent textual witness,” Benedict is drawing upon the theology of revelation that he began to … [Read more...]

Pope Benedict’s Resignation

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For the latest information on Pope Benedict's decision to resign, go to Catholic World Report at: http://www.catholicworldreport.com/Default.aspx … [Read more...]

Imitation of Jesus, Priest and Victim, and the Grace of Celibacy

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By reason of our priestly consecration, we are called to be perfect imitators of Christ; we are called to be priests and victims in the manner of Jesus who is the Priest and Victim. (This was a talk delivered at a day of recollection for … [Read more...]

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