5 Comparisons: A Very Brief Political/Sociological Quiz

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Here's a little thought experiment in recognition of the United States Presidential election campaign, already in full swing.Which answer within each of the following five sets of pairs gets you the most charged up? So much so, perhaps, that you can barely speak.Now, there is no right answer when it comes to our feelings.But our feelings can and should cause us to delve a little more deeply into the issues. And into the facts behind those issues.So, listen to your gut and don't t … [Read more...]

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Genesis Is Not Science

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The point has been made numerous times over, but it's always good to circle back to it.The biblical story of creation was never meant to be a scientific explanation of how we got here. Rather, the author of Genesis uses rich symbolic and poetic language to define and circumscribe man's relationship to the divine from the beginning of time.The Catechism of the Catholic Church states it thusly: 362 The human person, created in the image of God, is a being at once corporeal and spiritual. … [Read more...]

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Did You Ever Fall In Love? Therein Lies Your Faith.

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There are two types of men, those who are afraid to lose God, and those who are afraid that they might find Him - Blaise Pascal Faith is really all about love (and love, faith).Let's think about that for a moment. And I don't mean - at least not directly - that loving someone requires a leap of faith since we can never really know what the future will hold.Love surely encompasses that, true.But what I mean to say is that our quest for romantic, earthly love is often akin to, or pe … [Read more...]

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As We Start The New Day: An Aquinas Contemplation

 Are you starting a new job today?Perhaps an uncertain new business venture or a school project?Or maybe you're just starting today with some trepidation, anxiety, or fear - whether real or imagined, whether defined or undefined.Perhaps Thomas Aquinas' contemplation, his prayer before work or study, is a good way to move forward from here. I have found it so.My hope is that you may as well: Ineffable Creator Who, from the treasures of Your wisdom, have established … [Read more...]

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Bishop-Elect Barron Appointed By Pope Francis

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Surprising but exciting news this morning as Pope Francis has appointed Father Robert Barron, of Word on Fire ministries, to become an Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. Those of you who follow this blog closely know the impact that Word on Fire - and Father Barron personally - has had on my growth in the Church.I wish him well. He is in my prayers as he undertakes this new mission.Here is the Bishop-elect's full statement: It was with enormous surprise that I received word of my … [Read more...]

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Too Late Have I Loved You – St. Augustine

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Recall now the piercing words of St. Augustine of Hippo as we set out on today's new journey. But remain confident in the knowledge that it is He who first sought us. And that He is ever with us: Too late have I loved you, O Beauty so ancient, O Beauty so new.Too late have I loved you! You were within me but I was outside myself, and there I sought you!In my weakness I ran after the beauty of the things you have made. You were with me, and I was not with you.The things you have m … [Read more...]

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The President, The Prison Visit, and The Urgent Priority

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I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Matthew 25:36 It may not exactly have been a Matthew 25 moment, but it certainly brings to mind one of Christ's required corporal works of mercy. And this one was undertaken not without some risk, psychological if not political.It was, after all, both an historic opportunity as well as a contemplative, if not a humbling, one: In becoming the first occupant of his high office to visit a f … [Read more...]

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Joy Is The Salve That Can Heal The Wounds Of Those Most Vulnerable

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Evangelii Gaudium offers us a key - the key in fact - to finding joy. Yet most of us remain in constant pursuit of pleasure.And the world is most amiable, and most willing to please. Offering us an endless flow of temptations and idols and distractions from which we can draw our pleasure in an attempt to satiate our need for stimulation, our need for temporary relief, and our need - when you get right down to it - for love.Now, many of us wouldn't recognize real joy if it sneaked up from … [Read more...]

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Takedown: Professor Paul Kengor’s Latest Bestseller

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Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists. Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto, 1848 (quoted in the introduction of Takedown) Anyone interested in understanding the full, historical context of the recent Obergefell decision need look no further than Takedown, Paul Kengor's latest, and perhaps most essential, book.Kengor, a best selling author of over a dozen books, is a Professor at Grove City College and the Executive Director of the … [Read more...]

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9/11 And The “Missing 4,000 Jews”

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I don't normally respond to ignorant propaganda, but this one was so vile and so appalling that I have no choice. Since I am fortunate enough to have this platform, I am compelled to use it.This came across my Facebook newsfeed this morning - from a young person no less:4000 Jewish people took off work in New York September 11, 2011. Look it up.This vicious and slanderous piece of anti-semitism is so hateful on so many levels that it's hard for me to know where to begin. So my … [Read more...]

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