They Have Drunk of The Everflowing Life

Antonio Ciseri's Martyrdom of the Seven Maccabees

 There’s a paradox in martyrdom that we must accept even if we can’t reconcile ourselves to it: those being killed because of their faith in Christ are simultaneously tragic victims of injustice and barbarism, and glorious witnesses entering into everlasting life because of their sacrifice. Christ promised little more than this in the world, which would [Read More...]

We Broke The World

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As I read about the horrors unfolding this week–capping weeks of inconceivable violence aimed at Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities–I found myself utterly unable to express anything about it in words. I’ve held off several posts on topics that seemed trite in the midst of such events, finally just Going For Cute as a [Read More...]

7 Quick Takes: Random Quotes Edition

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You all keep a quote journal, right? If not, you should. I moved mine over to Evernote, which makes it easier to sort and search. Here are a few you might like: –1– “Let us, in heaven’s name, drag out the divine drama from under the dreadful accumulation of slipshod thinking and trashy sentiment heaped [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...]

“It’s Not Complicated” (And a Note of Thanks)

Ending where we always end: at the foot of the cross with a promise of resurrection.

Just a brief note of gratitude to everyone who offered prayers or left comments here and on various social media outlets and other blogs. My friends and colleagues and total strangers all reached out with sympathy and kindness. The grind of the past few weeks wore us all down, but it all finished in glory [Read More...]

Happy National Atheist Day!

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“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.”–Thomas Nagel Go ahead and hug an atheist today. They need it. They live lives of sad desperation caught in a meaningless universe and protest that they’re happy because [Read More...]

Why I Am Catholic

St. Thomas Aquinas gave me the tools I needed to understand my experience of God

Patheos has asked bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A … They’re giving us 200 words to answer. I don’t need 200 words to tell you why I am Catholic. I only need four: Because Catholicism is true. It’s that simple. It’s not a matter of “belief.” Belief presumes that there’s some option: [Read More...]

St. Augustine’s Medicine For Doubt

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I broke this discussion into two posts because I didn’t want Augustine’s greater point to get lost in his fit of pique. Instead, I want to draw your focus back to the first paragraph of the passage I cite from City of God Book 2: If only the weak understanding of the ordinary man did [Read More...]


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