About Matthew Dugandzic

Matthew Duganzic completed his BSc in Biology at Concordia University in 2010. He is currently a PhD student in Christian Ethics at the Catholic University of America.

Light! You will exist!

As a fresh-faced college student in Montréal, I decided to go explore the city that would be my home for the following three years. One of of the first things I happened across (yes, happened, I am terrible with maps) was the basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal. Beautiful though it was, the thing that caught my attention most was a sign hanging outside advertising a light show. The sign read "Et la lumière fut". Whoa! I immediately realized that this was the French rendering of Genesis 1:3, which wa … [Read more...]

Ignorance: A Blessing

There are some things that I know with certainty. The sum of two and three is five. All mothers are women. A triangle has three sides. My back hurts. I am currently writing a blog post and trying to think of another example that doesn’t sound too trite. I think most would agree that the degree of certainty which I have about these things is so high that I cannot not know them.On the other hand, there are many things that I cannot know with certainty. Some of these things are fairly i … [Read more...]

Virtuous Exemplars

My grandparents provided me with powerful examples of virtue which I would not have had had I grown up away from them.I was twelve years old the first time that I noticed that something about Granny seemed amiss. She and Gramps (my grandfather) had come over for dinner and were enjoying the pre-dinner appetizers that my mother had laid out in the living room. Granny allowed herself to be given a glass of wine before dinner, and had been sipping it for about half an hour when my mother … [Read more...]

Why Fast?

Christ in the Wilderness- Ivan Kramskoy- 1872

 For as long as I can remember, my dad has fasted every Wednesday and Friday – eating nothing but bread and drinking nothing but water. At a young age, the very prospect of fasting seemed not only daunting but ludicrous. Human loves exist to attract us to the things that are good for us. And food is obviously good. Why would you want to deprive yourself of it?The most obvious answer to this question is that you may want to abstain from eating for health reasons. But this very p … [Read more...]

Breaking News: Pope Francis is a Christian

JoyGospel

 Some of the headlines about Pope Francis' recently-released Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium would have you believe that the Pope's central message is about decentralizing the Church, affirming populism, denouncing libertarian economics, or condemning capitalism as tyrannical. The Pope himself seemed to anticipate such reactions when he said in the Exhortation, "In today's world of instant communication and occasionally biased media coverage, the message we preach runs greater ri … [Read more...]

Reforming Desire

Heaven

 I recently heard a priest make the following statement in a homily on the virtue of faith: “As a teenager, I thought that Heaven was essentially a mass that never ended. The very idea of sitting through a never-ending series of church hymns repulsed me. Nevertheless, I wanted to want this because I believed I should.”Putting aside the idea of Heaven as a never-ending series of church hymns, a few immensely important questions arise from this glimpse into a very common Christian exp … [Read more...]

Learning to Want What We Want

The_Assumption_of_the_Virgin

During the course of a homily on the virtue of faith I heard this Sunday, the priest gave an anecdote from his teenage years. I can’t quote him verbatim, but this is essence of what he said: As a teenager, I thought that Heaven was essentially a mass that never ended. The very idea of sitting through a never-ending series of church hymns repulsed me. Nevertheless, I wanted to want this because I believed I should. His experience of wanting Heaven despite his visceral repulsion to it is an e … [Read more...]


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