St. Thomas on “The Fitness of the Incarnation”

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One part of earning a masters in theology is digesting and summarizing largish chunks of St. Thomas Aquinas. The goal is not to just pluck a few key lines and call it a day, but to absorb each block of the Summa and restate it in your own words, proving (you hope) your understanding of [Read More...]

Finally, A Political Pairing I Can Believe In!

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I thought Clint was terrific, but then again I hate political speeches. After days of tightly scripted and overly-rehearsed political pap, it was strange, raw, clearly improvised, and honest. With every other speaker, the stage direction is tangible: “mention America, pause dramatically, look up and to the left with a misty gaze as though you’re remembering [Read More...]

The Twitter Feed: Poo-Power, Giant Medieval Holes, and More

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I read a lot of stories and articles that are interesting, but which don’t merit a full post here. I’ve been sharing these lately on Twitter. If you follow me, you’ve seen items on Motorcycles powered by poop A couple discovering a giant hole from the Middle Ages under their house Internet addiction and gene mutations [Read More...]

“We did not make ourselves”

Benozzo Gozzoli: Death of St. Monica

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of St. Augustine. The day before that was the feast of his mother, St. Monnica, who emerges from his writing as a forceful and brilliant example of early Christian piety. Chapter IX of The Confessions ends with a long description of the death of Monnica, reaching an ecstatic vision that [Read More...]

Borja Fresco Now a Tourist Attraction

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Behold, the power of the internet to create a meme and make it huge. An elderly woman’s botched attempt at restoring a fresco by Elías García Martínez  has turned from a weird internet curio into real-world hit. The ruined picture, depicting Jesus crowned with thorns, has spread like wildfire across the web, but it’s also caused a [Read More...]

Google-mapping Ancient Mexico

The ruins of Uxmal.

Blogging will remain light while I soak up the last two weeks of summer with my kids. Besides, there’s a giant black hole in the internet from about now until after all the kids are back in school, so traffic is very low in late August. I’m not even sure you’re reading this right now. [Read More...]

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Unveils New Model for Education

Something I wrote for the Register this week: PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is turning the management of its 17 high schools and four special-education schools over to the Faith in the Future Foundation. The archdiocese’s groundbreaking agreement with Faith in the Future announced today creates the first independently managed Catholic secondary-school system in [Read More...]

Rome Reports: Vatican Publishing House Signs Deal with Apple

The Pope’s books are coming to Apple devices, probably via iBook. One of the treasures of my Logos software is the healthy chunk of Ratzinger/Benedict content, all of it hyperlinked and searchable. I’d never give up print, but I do love my ebooks for research and convenience. PS: Am I imagining it, or does the reporter [Read More...]


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