Understanding Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium”

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Evangelii Gaudium is ostensibly the Pope’s response to the Synod last October ... but it is much more than a simple reporting on what happened there.  It is the outlining of the key themes Pope Francis hopes will constitute his … [Read more...]

“It Belongs to the Wise Man to Order”: James Schall on Politics and Revelation

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The wise man not only has the right order in his mind, but in his soul as well; he not only knows how he ought to live, but, more importantly, he does, in fact, live this way, in accord with what he is. Fr. Norris Clarke, the renowned … [Read more...]

“I Haven’t Killed Anyone!” What Serious Sins Will Exclude Us From the Kingdom of God?

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Why aren’t we more concerned about how even many of our fellow Catholics are engaging in behaviors (“lifestyles”), or accepting, or even approving them, in others, that scripture says will exclude them from the kingdom? A soul … [Read more...]

The Sign of the Dying Body: How the Theology of the Body Helps Us to Die in Love

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Dying—undergoing it, or helping one who is dying—is a privileged space where we see and encounter God himself ... the ensouled body serves as a sign of gift and giving, yielding one’s life to the embrace of God ... a sign that … [Read more...]

The Priesthood as Consecration

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Looking at the priesthood in the modern world, particularly through the lens of consecration, requires an initial reexamination of terms.  Through time and the development of thought, concepts such as "the sacred" and "consecration" can … [Read more...]

The Dumb Ox on Evolution

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Thomism offers a valuable service to mankind by guiding the scientific discussions only in the direction of those theories that have a solid metaphysical foundation. In a 1996 address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope John … [Read more...]

“La Petite Voie” of Thérése of Lisieux

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Here was one of the most brilliant popes the Church has ever seen declaring that little Thérése Martin was to be studied and analyzed alongside the great Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Robert Bellarmine!  St. Therese of Lisieux: as a … [Read more...]

The Formation of Priests: Knowledge and Sanctity

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Though there has yet to be published a history of the formation of priests, the historic concern for good priests assumes that the Church has needed, and continues to need, effective seminaries and programs of formation Christ, the Good … [Read more...]

Knowing Enough History to Defend It: Catholic History and Apologetics

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The Church is distinctive among institutions in the history of mankind: it is human and yet divine; perfect, yet in need of reform; holy, yet made up of sinners; infallible, yet led by fallen, fallible humans. While many seem to … [Read more...]

On Addressing the Dignity of Man and Masculinity

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How would men today be more able to live out their own unique discipleship and role in both the world, and in the Church, if we were able to articulate how men embody the Christian vocation to holiness in exclusive and particular … [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...]

The Pastor as Apologist

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If Christians truly believe that Jesus is Lord, then they will make the attempt to win converts for him in every way that is humanly possible, not just in ways that exclude verbal persuasion. Arguments can, and must, be given for … [Read more...]

“Humanae Vitae” and Sacred Scripture: A Missed Opportunity

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While prophetic in many ways, the most controversial encyclical of the twentieth century might have been better received had a stronger biblical argument been made in its favor. This July 2013 we commemorate the 45th anniversary of Pope … [Read more...]

Existence as Persons In and Through Others

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The human family is the relational image of the relational Trinity, in which each divine person is distinct from the other while eternally one with the other in communion, community, and communication.   We are aware of ourselves as … [Read more...]

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