God, Invisible and Inaudible

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about discipleship and catechesis; and a commenter suggested (albeit in a rude and dismissive fashion) that the problem with making disciples is that God is silent and invisible, and since no one can see or hear Him naturally it's hard to get excited about Him. I suggested that perhaps others saw something he didn't, and the commenter responded with obvious scorn, and said that he was shocked that I didn't regard God's silence as a problem.I rather got … [Read more...]

The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas, by Josef Pieper


In 1948, Josef Pieper published a selection of short texts from the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, specifically, those texts he wanted to bring to the attention of his friends so that they could come to understand the character and thought of St. Thomas. The texts (often no more than a sentence) are arranged in a particular order by topic, so as to lead the reader through the philosophical thought of the saint. The book is entitled The Human Wisdom of St. Thomas.Beyond a short … [Read more...]

Faith Ain’t Nonsensical

The common view of faith is well represented by this speech from Jack McDevitt's novel Odyssey:Faith is conviction without evidence, and sometimes even in the face of contrary evidence. In some quarters, this quality is perceived as a virtue.In fact, this is not what the Catholic Church means by faith. Per Cardinal Schönborn,A blind faith, one that would simply demand a leap into the utter void of uncertainty, would be no human faith. If belief in the Creator were totally without … [Read more...]