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Author Archive: Christian Daru

Christian Daru is currently an academic advisor at Marymount Manhattan College. He holds a BA in philosophy and Spanish from Regis University and an MA in philosophy from Fordham University. He is interested in giving an exposition and defense of the Catholic philosophical tradition with particular attention given to metaphysics and ethics.

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The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man

July 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Man

Recently, I have begun a series on the Catholic understanding of human nature from a philosophical perspective. Before returning to the next installment in the series, I thought it best to give some commentary on pressing issues in our culture. I believe this will enhance the need for a clear and thorough understanding of human […]

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Know Thyself: Part I

June 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Know Thyself: Part I

In last month’s column I set the stage for a series of columns analyzing and explaining the constitution of human nature from a Catholic philosophical perspective. This present column will be the first of the series. My goal in this particular column is to establish a fundamental distinction in human nature between the physical and […]

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What is Man?

May 8, AD2018 1 Comment
What is Man?

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells His disciples that He did not come to bring peace but, rather, the sword (Mt. 10:34). He tells the apostles that His message will set family members against themselves and that they will become each other’s enemies. Immediately after this Jesus continues by saying that those who love father or […]

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The Sacraments In Light of the Easter Season

April 11, AD2018 0 Comments
The Sacraments In Light of the Easter Season

We now find ourselves in the Easter season. Now is a time for rejoicing and for thanking the Lord for His love and salvation. Now is also a time for reflection and for action. This grace-filled season beckons us to recall the reason why the Resurrection was necessary. It is impossible to correctly understand the […]

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The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

March 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Real Meaning of Lenten Penance

We Catholics are familiar with Lent as a time of fasting and penance. We are told every year that during this time we ought to abstain from a habit that is not beneficial for us and to take up a more fruitful spiritual practice. We are also obliged to abstain from meat and to fast. […]

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Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

February 12, AD2018 1 Comment
Change Your Hearts, Not Your Laws

As Valentine’s Day approaches this year, our country is in the midst of a cultural watershed moment. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a clear sense of direction about where to go from here and how to bring about lasting change. I am referring to the #MeToo movement and all of the revelations of […]

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Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

January 11, AD2018 1 Comment
Without Excuse: The Divine Origin of Happiness

This column is the last in a series of 3 columns on ethics and human happiness Knowledge of the Divine within the Created Order St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Romans that knowledge of God for those without the Jewish faith, “is clear to their minds; God himself has made it clear […]

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Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

December 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Happiness: The Sun on Our Heart

This column is the second in a three-part series concerning ethics and human happiness. Restless Hearts In the previous installation of this series, we examined the nature of ethical inquiry. After thinking through the subject, it was concluded that the goal of ethical inquiry is to attain goodness, i.e., the immutable characteristic of all upright […]

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The Things That Last

November 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Things That Last

This column is the first in a three part series concerning ethics, human happiness, and their connection to “the things that last.” Searching for a Lasting Foundation Ethical inquiry can be summed up into two basic questions: “What is the right[i] thing to do and how do I accomplish it?” We can see from these […]

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Commands Are Not Ideals

September 19, AD2017 8 Comments
Commands Are Not Ideals

“For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you” (John 13:15). Our Lord told the apostles this at the Last Supper. Later on Jesus tells the apostles that they are to love one another as He has loved them (John 13:34), that if they truly love Him they […]

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In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

August 8, AD2017 15 Comments
In Defense of The Right Type of Rigidity

The word “rigid” has become something of a pejorative term in the common parlance of some clerics and theologians in recent years. The Holy Father himself suggested that young Catholics who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass suffer from a psychological rigidity that must be encountered and healed through a process of “digging.” Another example of […]

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