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The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

November 18, AD2017 4 Comments
The Harvest of Shadows:  Guns, Faith, Fear, and Zombies

Whenever some sad soul goes bonkers with a gun, the media instantly goes into a lather of breathless updates and saturation coverage. Yet one single factor evidenced in every American mass shooting remains curiously unaddressed by the media’s “in-depth” coverage. They stubbornly avoid mentioning this determinative factor: None of the mass-killing perpetrators had a deep […]

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The Allure of the Catholic Church

November 17, AD2017 7 Comments
The Allure of the Catholic Church

As I was making my way into the Catholic Church about 5 years ago, my priest at the time said something that still echoes in my mind today- “The Catholic Church is a treasure chest of spiritual resources. You can skim the top and experience only the basics of Christianity, but there is so much […]

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Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

November 16, AD2017 4 Comments
Life and Intelligibility vs. Death and Inanity: Scientism and Meaning

Moses set before the people Life and Death; from another aspect, Intelligibility and Inanity. He urged them to choose life (Deuteronomy 30:19). The Transcendentals Life and Intelligibility in this context refer to a single identity. They differ as logical, not real, distinctions. With Purpose, they form the triad of transcendentals. Each transcendental name refers fundamentally […]

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Prejudices Abound in Luther

November 13, AD2017 3 Comments
Prejudices Abound in Luther

With many Protestants celebrating the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I have take the opportunity to read many of Martin Luther’s own words hoping this would be beneficial in engaging those who have remained separated from the Church. After reading a variety of sources, I am struck by how clearly many of the prejudices […]

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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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Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

November 12, AD2017 18 Comments
Is Anyone Sola Scriptura?

Coffee Shop Calvinism I recently came across a group of men from the Reformed Church we left to become Catholic who were gathered at our local Starbucks. They were discussing theology, and didn’t notice I was sitting next to them for several minutes while they talked about things like “once saved, always saved,” TULIP, and […]

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Virtue and Temperament

November 9, AD2017 0 Comments
Virtue and Temperament

Aristotle, who was continually interested in biological aspects of human behavior, made a distinction between “natural virtue” and “acquired virtue.” Natural virtue is related to basic biological inclinations, while virtue in the strict sense requires a rational application, often in the presence of difficulties, to develop habits of character. Aristotle and Hippocrates The authority regarding […]

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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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The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

October 15, AD2017 2 Comments
The Fallacy of Placing Faith in Science Rather than in God

It’s curious how people who claim to have faith in science criticize Christians for believing in God based on faith. Yet, what science has to offer has become a belief system, itself (e.g. religion.) And this “religion” fails to offer any sound, unchanging, and omnipotent foundation. While science is supposed to be based upon logic, […]

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The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

October 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

You Are Peter Last month I had the honor of witnessing my mother and stepdad’s marriage in the Catholic Church. They were both raised Catholic but were never confirmed, and have been married civilly for fourteen years. They began their journey back to the Church shortly after I began my own conversion process, and it […]

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Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society-Part II

September 30, AD2017 3 Comments
Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society-Part II

 Why has the Church become largely irrelevant to the secular culture? In Part I of this article, we explored how the culture is breeding individual isolation through withdrawal into technology.  The Church has not been immune to that influence.  In Part II we’re going to explain how the Church can once again become “relevant” as […]

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Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society- Part I

September 29, AD2017 13 Comments
Restoring Catholic Relevance in Society- Part I

Am I the only one feeling that the Catholic Church has become irrelevant in political, social and moral arenas? It’s not really a question anymore. The cultural outcomes have objectively provided the answer across a broad bandwidth: abortion, gender-identity, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, genetic engineering.  Take your pick. This article isn’t another “hand-wringing” eulogy for Catholic […]

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The Power of the Church

September 22, AD2017 4 Comments
The Power of the Church

There is a movement today in the world that denies the power of the Church of Jesus Christ in our lives. The narrative goes something like this: “I’m spiritual, not religious. I have my bible and my beliefs about God, and I don’t need any organized church to tell me what to think or what […]

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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas Part V: The Fifth Way

September 22, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas Part V: The Fifth Way

The Fifth Way – Argument from Governance or Order Just as the Third and Fourth Ways build on the first two Ways, the Fifth of the Five Ways builds on everything else. But, again, let’s put this in modern terms. In St. Thomas’ terms, natural bodies “act for an end.” In modern terms, natural and […]

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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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If You Like Game of Thrones You Will Really Like the Bible

September 16, AD2017 0 Comments
If You Like Game of Thrones You Will Really Like the Bible

What series am I describing? Murder. Kingdoms. Thrones. Vengeance. Games. The rise and the fall of civilizations. Swords. A cast of profoundly varied personalities and nuanced characteristics. Power struggles. Misguided ideals. Dominion. Plots and subplots and pretext and context. Multiple popular literary genres. An array of different languages, cultures, tribes, and legal systems. The intricacies […]

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The Divinity of Jesus in the Gospels

September 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Divinity of Jesus in the Gospels

Just about everybody agrees that Jesus is presented as divine in the Gospel of John. In the very first verse, John says that “the Word was God” (John 1:1), and towards the end of this Gospel, the Apostle Thomas confesses Jesus to be “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). However, the divinity of Jesus […]

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The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

September 9, AD2017 12 Comments
The Benedict Option Is Not For Me

Full disclosure: I did not actually read the book “The Benedict Option”. Spiritdaily and a NY Times article is where I gleaned information about this movement in the Church. I did, however, have limited exposure to the idea of Covenant Communities in my parish. About years ago, a very holy, sincere parish priest and several parish families were trying to form a […]

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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part IV: The Fourth Way

September 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part IV: The Fourth Way

The Fourth Way — the Argument from Gradation or Degrees of a Quality The Fourth Way to demonstrate the existence of God is from the objective degrees of desirable qualities of things. In order for qualities to be objective rather than subjective, degrees of quality must be relative to a fixed point of reference that […]

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Fulton J. Sheen, “America is Suffering From Tolerance”

September 3, AD2017 29 Comments
Fulton J. Sheen, “America is Suffering From Tolerance”

My view is simple.  When I meet a person who says, “I am Catholic, but,…” it is my immediate conclusion that he/she is not Catholic. In matters of faith and morals, the Church has a reasonably long history of leading the flock. Fulton J Sheen Even though he died quite some time ago, what Fulton J […]

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Evil and Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part III

August 24, AD2017 4 Comments
Evil and Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part III

As stated in the previous installment, I will be approaching the problem of evil. For me, the problem of evil was elephant in the room for theism. When I was younger, my grandmother was battling cancer. She fought it for nine years. I would go with her to her chemo treatments and other appointments while […]

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The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part III: The Third Way

August 22, AD2017 0 Comments
The Five Ways of St. Thomas Aquinas, Part III: The Third Way

The Third Way – The Argument from Necessity Building upon the Argument from Efficient Cause, the Third Way demonstrates that there are things that are non-necessary, (meaning that it’s possible for them “not to be,”) and which are caused by a necessary thing that “has to be.” This argument says that whatever has been brought […]

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Resurrection and Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part II

August 7, AD2017 0 Comments
Resurrection and Reversion: How a Deist Became a Theist, Part II

As stated in Part I, I will now show you how I saw the Resurrection as not just possible but probable, so probable that I cannot in good conscience deny it. This will not be in full detail. I will have reading suggestions at the end of this article that are devoted to the problem. […]

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The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

August 3, AD2017 26 Comments
The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

There used to be a time when many of the world’s Catholic Christians submitted to the Church’s vision of faith and morals. The teaching authority of the Church was respected and trusted by Catholics the world over. However, the 21st century is a different time. There are more baptized Catholics now than ever before. Sadly, […]

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