Light & Bread in the Gospel of John

This essay originally was published in an online journal, now defunct. I’m publishing it here in case it’s of interest. The full title is Light and Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two “I Am” Statements in the Gospel of John. All the footnotes got stripped when I plopped the text into WordPress, but if you’re curious [Read More...]

Fulton Sheen Audio Library [App o the Mornin']

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This is short and sweet folks, since there isn’t too much you need to know other than, “You really should probably get it.” The Fulton Sheen Audio Library (iOS/Android: free, with in-app purchase) is–and you might have already guessed this–a library of audio by Fulton Sheen. It includes almost 300 talks from various times and [Read More...]

Leo XIII on the Role of “Amateurs” in Defending the Faith

Every now and then I come across a complaint, like this one urging the Register to fire Mark Shea, about lay Catholics who speak and write about the faith. The idea that this role should be left to the “professionals” is rooted in either clericalism or elitism. It has no roots whatsoever in the life [Read More...]

Was There Work Before The Fall of Man?

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In Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII makes the following observation about work: As regards bodily labor, even had man never fallen from the state of innocence, he would not have remained wholly idle; but that which would then have been his free choice and his delight became afterwards compulsory, and the painful expiation for his [Read More...]

Who Will You Serve in 2014?

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Ayep, still on my two week holiday break, and not returning to regular bloggage until Monday. I hope you’re all enjoying whatever downtime you can snatch before the reality of an arbitrary new time-cycle dawns upon us and we realize that, although the awfulness of 2013 is over and we’ve survived (sort of) the fifth [Read More...]

Francis, Benedict, and Pelagius

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Yesterday’s tempest in a Z-cup focused on Pope Francis’s curious phrase “self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism,” used to describe certain factions within Catholic traditionalism. I remain puzzled that Francis has, on multiple occasions, felt the need to single out traditionalists for criticism, given the nature of evil at large in world. Most traditionalists are good and holy [Read More...]

A Light Hidden in a Cave

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The soul is a breath of God, and has suffered a mixture of heavenly and earthly, a light hidden in a cave, but, all the same, divine and imperishable. –Gregory of Naziansus– The soul is the light of God, Who sparks matter into Being within each individual. In his Theological Poems (1.1.8, De Anima), Gregory [Read More...]

“Love alone makes us happy”

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Benedict on Love, from his Sunday, 7 June 2009 Angelus message, because I miss his voice: [Jesus] revealed to us that God is love “not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance” (Preface). He is the Creator and merciful Father; he is the Only-Begotten Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, who [Read More...]


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