Some Thoughts on Vatican II, Part 1

This is not a post on the documents or formal results of the Council, but more on how things changed in a day-to-day way in the wake of it. I asked my mother (aged 83) once about what she remembered about the pre-Vatican II Church, and she said, “I remember going up to Father before [Read More…]

TF35: What’s A Catholic To Believe About Marian Apparitions?

Welcome to another week of Thinking Faith! Brett and Eric are continuing with last week’s Marian theme (In keeping with this Marian month of May) and ripping into the mailbag to answer some listener questions about Marian Apparitions. This week we address questions from James and Elaine who find themselves wondering about the propensity of [Read More…]

TF34: Catholics and Anglicans Thinking About Mary

This week on Thinking Faith, in keeping with the Marian theme of this Month of May Eric and Brett discuss our Church’s Marian Dogmas. We’ll look at what the Church has to say about Mary’s role as Theotokos (God Bearer), her Immaculate Conception, Perpetual Virginity and Assumption into heaven all through the lens of a [Read More…]

TF31: Thinking About The Resurrection

Hello readers (and listeners), After my promise to post this podcast weekly, I had an insanely busy week and then we moved.  I apologize for my negligence.  Today I got my act together (after some gentle prompting) and with my new username and password managed to get this up for you.  It’s our podcast from [Read More…]

Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry

So…I normally do not indulge in shameless self-promotion on Vox Nova, but I am going to take the liberty of doing so this time. However, my hope is that this announcement will be of general interest to our readership. I am delighted to report that I have a poem published in the inaugural issue of [Read More…]

A short word about profits

The authors of Vox Nova want to explain to our readers one detail of our new relationship with Patheos. Patheos is a commercial venture, and as such we get paid by them for the traffic generated by our blog. Vox Nova, however, started as and remains a labor of love, and we do not want [Read More…]

TF29: Speaking of Satan . . .

Over the past several months and years Pope Francis has often been heard speaking about the devil and the reality of the spiritual battle we find ourselves in. This week on Thinking Faith, Eric and Brett discuss the reality of the devil. Do we really still believe in some creature called Satan? Is this just [Read More…]

Immigration Simulation Reveals a Broken System

Today I had an experience that every adult U.S. citizen should be made to undergo. Gathered in a university cafeteria with a large group of students and community members, I was paired up with a young social work student and given a folder. It contained our names – Lucía and Juana Delgadillo – and information [Read More…]

On Receiving the Works of Mercy in the Southernmost Capitals of the Americas

I smiled with excitement as the plane landed on the runway and taxied toward the gate. It was March break (which as a teacher I anticipate just as eagerly as my students do), and I was looking forward to ten days in two cities I love: Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I was to present at [Read More…]