When Amorous Leticia Met the Deacon…

There's been lots of handwringing in some Catholic circles about Amoris Laetitia, and just today about the Pope's supposed words about women deacons; and as always it leads me to the same reflection: if the Catholic Church is the universal Church established by Jesus Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised the Gates of Hell would not prevail against, then Francis has not the power to destroy it, even if he wanted to. And if the Catholic Church is not the universal Church … [Read more...]

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Rumors of My Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Well, howdy!Been a while. And frankly, it's not you, it's me.So happens the last seven or eight months have been a bit fraught. There were big changes at work, and new challenges, which meant I didn't have much attention to spare; and what attention I had to spare had to go to my family, my Lay Dominican chapter, and the RCIA group at my parish. And for a good bit of that time, up until a couple of weeks ago, I was on some medication that had the cumulative effect of making me tired … [Read more...]

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A Classic Greek Menu

So my daughter's class was given the assignment to make up a menu for a themed restaurant. Her particular theme was Greek mythology. My elder son and I were inspired, and came up with a number of unique...dishes.Persephone's Diet Plate The Scylla and Charybdis Platter (the entree isn't the best, but the sides are to die for). The All-You-Can-Eat Hydra Plate: Eat one, get two free! Pandora's Box Lunch The Tartarus Soul Food Special (Leaves everyone else's soul food in the … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Form Over Matter

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here. Today's post is from Chapter 71: "Matter Not the Cause of Diversity in Things".Here's a case where Thomas is ultimately right...but matters are a lot more complicated than he would have thought. He says,The foregoing exposition shows clearly that the cause of diversity in things is not diversity on the part of matter. For, as we have proved, the divi … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Only God can Create

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here. Today's post is from Chapter 70: "Creation Possible for God Alone."In the previous chapter, Thomas defined creation ex nihilo, from absolutely nothing. When a human artist "creates" a work of art, he works from pre-existing materials; but if God worked only from pre-existing materials He could not be the First Cause. In order to be the First Cause, H … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Something from Nothing

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here. Today's post is from Chapter 69: "Creation from Nothing"In the previous chapter, Thomas shows that God is the source of existence in all things that are other than Himself. When we humans "create", we are making something new out of existing materials; but when God creates, He creates ex nihilo, from nothing.This makes it clear that, in creati … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: The Chicken or the Egg

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here. Today's post is from Chapter 68: "The Effects Produced By God."Finally, it's time to move on from consideration of the Trinity to a new topic: the effects produced by the Trinity.After considering the truths which pertain to the unity of the divine essence and to the Trinity of persons, we turn to a study of the effects produced by the Trinity. The f … [Read more...]

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The Eyes Draw You In: Portrait of an Iconographer

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing iconographer Vivian Imbruglia about her work and how she came to be an iconographer in the first place. It was a delightful experience, and you can read all about it at Aleteia: The Eyes Draw You In.____ photo credit: Will Duquette … [Read more...]

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Today’s Aquinas: Final Words on the Trinity

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here. Today's post is from Chapter 67: "The Divine Properties Not Externally Affixed."In this final chapter on the Trinity, Thomas deals with a significant controversy of the previous century. Gilbert of Poitiers was a philosopher and theologian; his works on Aristotelian logic were the most influential of his day. Like Thomas, he held that all things derive their b … [Read more...]

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