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Author Archive: Paul Kniaz

Currently living in the Boston area, Paul recently completed his Masters in Teaching English as a Second language. Raised in Catholicism, he deepened his faith by completing his undergraduate degree at a Catholic liberal arts school. There he became familiar with inseparability of faith and reason even with a deeper realization of the ideological warfare faced by the faithful. A passionate educator and learner, Paul has taught in Mexico and Chile, as well as Boston. Faith and obedience to the teachings of the Catholic Church remain the core of Paul's life. Encouraging others in their walk with Christ, he hopes to share the joy and peace of the Gospel by following in the footsteps of Pope Francis who reaches out to sinners with humility and compassion.

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Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

April 16, AD2018 3 Comments
Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

What is a vocation? I am a single person. Sometimes having a vocation can seem to be a huge, scary thing, not meant for me. Other times, it feels like the thing that will make my life meaningful and I wonder why I don’t have one ‒ or at least why I don’t have the […]

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Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

March 19, AD2018 6 Comments
Christ’s Admonishing of the Pharisees in the Gospel of Matthew

This Lent we have already read some harsh condemnation of the Pharisees in the gospel. One of the more recent ones was Matthew 23:1-12. This section could be seen as a condemnation of the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Among other things, the hypocrisy of the Pharisees seems to consist of indifference, ostentation, and status seeking. […]

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Modern Stoicism: A Critique

February 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Modern Stoicism: A Critique

Realization of a Trend A few years ago, I first became cognizant of the widespread appeal of stoicism in modern culture at a family reunion. Somehow my cousin and I had both found ourselves outside on my aunt’s patio reading our books. I cannot recall what book had me engrossed, but I do remember that […]

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The Virtues of the Magi

January 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Virtues of the Magi

The prominent virtues of the Magi are piety and wisdom (in recognizing Christ as universal king and the light of the world), faith, fortitude, hope and humility. Universal Kingship Matthew’s Gospel highlights Christ’s kingship through the magi when he writes, “[a]fter Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi […]

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Social Media Takes on Prayer: Why We Pray and Act

December 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Social Media Takes on Prayer: Why We Pray and Act

  We have all been flooded by posts on social media telling us to pray for Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other areas hit by disaster. I was surprised by the ones I got from secular and liberal acquaintances and friends, who suddenly seemed to believe that it was worth praying, or, at least worth posting […]

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Becoming Christ: The 6th Chapter of Romans

November 17, AD2017 1 Comment
Becoming Christ: The 6th Chapter of Romans

In the 6th chapter of the letter to the Romans, St. Paul teaches that through complete surrender to Christ, the Christian becomes a second Christ. By undergoing sacrifice with and through Christ, sinners lose themselves only to become like Christ and more like themselves through him. This mystery reveals itself in three paradoxes in the […]

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Arguments Pro and Con: the Four Marks of the Church

October 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Arguments Pro and Con: the Four Marks of the Church

After a fruitful breakfast conversation with a searching friend, I realized that almost all the questions that he asked were in some way connected to the four marks of the Church, its holiness, oneness, Catholicity, and Apostolicism. In these marks, the Church finds its authority and its right to call herself holy—two points that are […]

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Idleness and Work in the Letter to the Thessalonians

September 18, AD2017 1 Comment
Idleness and Work in the Letter to the Thessalonians

  St. Paul’s first and second letters to the Thessalonians highlight the importance of work and the dangers of idleness. His insistence on the individuality of work clashes at least in tone with what we find in the Acts of the Apostles. Acts describes the Christian community as a state of ongoing sharing in which […]

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What is True Freedom?

August 18, AD2017 3 Comments
What is True Freedom?

The eternal recurrence In The Gay Science and other works, Nietzsche presents his idea of the eternal recurrence. The demon in Nietzsche’s work poses this question “Do you want this once more and also for innumerable times?” (The Gay Science, 341). According to Nietzsche, most of us would tremble at this question because we do […]

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Finding True Goodness as a Christian

July 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Finding True Goodness as a Christian

To be sure, morally or otherwise, no one is good in the sense of perfect. We are usually only good in a relative sense. We are not perfect but we do not think we are awful either. Our day was fine but it was not amazing. The best tennis player in the world would probably […]

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Believing in a God who Acts in History

June 12, AD2017 1 Comment
Believing in a God who Acts in History

The historicity of God—God’s presence in history—should never be taken for granted, yet we do have a tendency to forget that God is active in history. The apostles and St. Paul testified about historical facts. They were not acting as ethical philosophers who had invented a new code of ethics. No, they were people who […]

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Acceptance and Anxiety

May 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Acceptance and Anxiety

I have inherited a high level of anxiety and perfectionism which makes peace difficult to attain in my life. When I was a teenager newly moved to Massachusetts, I learned about ticks and the diseases they carry. I was barely able to leave the house from fear. In College, I was so concerned about my […]

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Fake News and the True Role of the Media

April 12, AD2017 13 Comments
Fake News and the True Role of the Media

Now used by the right and the left, fake news is practically the catch phrase of the Trump presidency. It refers to media reports which are inaccurate, perhaps, not blatant lies, but biased enough to be untrue. Fake news has the intent to mislead the public through so-called misinformation. On February 17, 2017, in what […]

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The Case for Chastity

February 16, AD2017 0 Comments
The Case for Chastity

A Love-Hate Relationship with Sexual Freedom Our culture has a love-hate relationship with the ideas of sexual liberation that spewed out of the sixties and seventies. By promising instant gratification and sexual self-realization, the sixties and seventies crafted a narrative in which the purpose of sexuality was totally separate from procreation. This liberation has created […]

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Reflections on Righteous in the First Letter of John

January 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Reflections on Righteous in the First Letter of John

Recently, we heard selections from the First Letter of John at daily Mass. St. John writes with boldness and clarity but also with a degree of paradox. In this letter, he makes fierce pronouncements about salvation. He makes it clear who will get into heaven and who will not. He talks about the children of […]

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