Combating the Contraceptive Understanding of Celibacy

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On the one hand, we must appreciate how sex is holy. It might be good to say “holy” instead of “good.” Ironically, the idea that celibacy is a sacrifice treats sex as a good in the same way that a candy bar is a good. But this view … [Read more...]

Abortion: Unmasking the Demon

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It is true that fatherhood is the main target of Satan’s forces, but his is a multi-pronged strategy which includes the destruction of motherhood and childhood. This is blatant in abortions.   The spiritual dimension of abortion, based … [Read more...]

Faith, Hope, and Charity

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I would like to propose what I believe is the solution to a major source of misunderstanding between Catholics and Protestants on the one hand, and theologians and exegetes on the other. Christ Sleeping Through the Storm at Sea by … [Read more...]

Aquinas’s Vision of Divine and Human Happiness

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St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us that only the pure of heart see God without distortion ... Sharing the mind and heart of Christ, we share the eternal happiness of his vision.   Holy Trinty by Rubens We all have some vision or other of God … [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...]

“Read Your Thomas”: The Advice We Should Heed

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Aquinas was the model philosopher for Ralph McInerny, and following the likes of 20th century Thomists such as Maritain, Gilson, Fabro, and DeKonick, he wanted the world (and the Church) to see the necessity of this man and his … [Read more...]

Celiac Disease and Holy Communion: A Medical and Spiritual Dilemma

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In this article, I hope to inform as many people as possible ... about the damaging spiritual and physical effects of celiac disease. And ... provide resources and pastoral recommendations for caring for individuals who may be unable to … [Read more...]

Jesus and Marriage? A Theological Response

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The celibacy of Jesus, and the Christian response to it, is ultimately a question of love, an intimate relation that is hard to grasp for modern man looking in from the outside.    Early papyrus fragment of "wife of Jesus;" Jesus … [Read more...]

Holy Communion: Sharing in the Threefold Munus of the Divine Gladiator

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The Church early on espoused munus to designate the triple character or office of the God-Man, Jesus Christ: he is at the same time Priest, Prophet and King or Shepherd.     Gladiators fighting to the death; Christ's glorious … [Read more...]

Thinking as a Christian with Josef Pieper

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In an age when society is again becoming highly polarized, it is important to remember that the lack of real communication causes a breakdown in civility, and an increase in ignorance.   During his long lifetime, Josef Pieper (1904-1997) … [Read more...]

Getting a Grip on Gossip

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The Church reminds us that we have the obligation to correct our brother’s fault for the sake of righteousness out of love ...  We are called to do this in a spirit of gentleness and humility. A First Down Broadmoor Drive Growing up … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage and the Natural Law

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The vertical dimension of human existence links man to his Creator. He is made in the image of God, intelligent and free. ... It is because man is a contingent, finite, intelligent, free creature of God that he is responsible to him for his … [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...]

Glorious Wounds—Christ’s and Ours

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You could say that Christ’s glorious wounds are our wounds. He took our humanity to himself in the Incarnation ... Christ’s humanity is completely ours.   Central to the mystery of the Christian faith is Jesus Christ’s suffering, … [Read more...]

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