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Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

August 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

Is there a way to practice the virtue of truth and charity when one navigates the world of social media? The advent of the use of social media has truly democratized the way we receive information and news nowadays. In the past, knowledge and current events have always been dependent on institutions that had the […]

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Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

February 15, AD2017 0 Comments
Apologetics: Tackling Belief, Truth, and Moral Relativism

Today’s secular society operates on an array of levels when it comes to belief, truth, and moral relativism. For this reason, it becomes necessary to examine these entities in our world to provide an adequate response to moments when their meanings become convoluted. Belief and truth can convey deeply held convictions of an individual or […]

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Who Will Defend the Truth?

October 10, AD2016 10 Comments
Who Will Defend the Truth?

Defending the Truth Blessed John Henry Newman said, “…it is our plain duty to preach and defend the truth in a straightforward way…” This quote applies as much today as it did when he preached it in the 19th century. Just whose duty is it to defend the truth in our culture? Whose job is […]

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The Consolation of Truth

September 11, AD2016 0 Comments
The Consolation of Truth

On the day I began this essay, in the Kyrie at the beginning of Mass, the priest prayed, “In the consolation of truth, Lord have mercy”. What is the consolation of truth? Just what truth is consoling? Is it scientific truth, which consoles us through its technological implementation? The first principle of science, which I […]

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Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

August 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Trust and the Objective Certitude of Faith

  The Mass readings for this last Sunday, August 7, have as their common theme trust in the Lord. Another word for this trust is faith. For us in the beginning of the twenty-first century, the idea of faith has something of an air of “buying a pig in a poke” to it, or of […]

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3 Important Reasons You Should Practice Virtue

June 23, AD2016 1 Comment
3 Important Reasons You Should Practice Virtue

We hear it all the time – throughout our childhood, during Sunday school, from the pulpit during Sunday Mass, each time we prepare for our first reception of a Sacrament. We hear it from our parents, teachers, priests, and other religious. Throughout our lives, there’s a constant focus on sin, the avoidance of it, and […]

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Bringing Back What Is True and Good

June 16, AD2016 0 Comments
Bringing Back What Is True and Good

  Religious values are constantly under attack today. Truth and order have been replaced by confusion and chaos. The former offered direction and purpose. The later reveals uncertainty and despair. This unfortunate reality distorts objective truth and intensifies moral relativism, thus continuing to reduce society to the lowest common denominator. This becomes troublesome when one […]

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Conscience and Catechism

April 28, AD2016 11 Comments
Conscience and Catechism

The Catechism of the Holy Catholic Church I recently had two very enlightening conversations on the subject of conscience: one with a teenage girl at CCD, and one with a Jesuit priest in his seventies. The teenage girl told me that she thought that homosexuality was okay, because, she said, love is love, and love […]

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Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

April 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

“You are nothing but a fleck of matter, why are you letting this upset you?” I heard these words when I was upset and seeking a shoulder to cry on from a college friend. His full response was to remind me how, in this vast existence of material things, there were many universes, with one […]

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Where is Truth?

March 14, AD2016 3 Comments
Where is Truth?

In a recent column, I discussed the definition of truth as “what is.” Truth is the equation of thought and thing. It is the conformity of a person’s mind and reality. But where is truth to be found? Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft sums up the greatest Catholic thinker, Thomas Aquinas, on this question. According to […]

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Catholics and the Sin of Human Respect

March 9, AD2016 6 Comments
Catholics and the Sin of Human Respect

The sin of human respect looms large in this world of exaggerated emphasis on high self-esteem, radical individualism, and sexual identity politics, grounded in a tolerance for vice that is a forceful sign of the twilight of a once great civilization. Public and private morality have been illicitly divorced, heaven and hell illicitly joined in […]

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Truth: Not What You Think

January 12, AD2016 7 Comments
Truth: Not What You Think

A FaceBook friend recently posted this: What I fear has become the new “progressive” orthodoxy is this, that there is no such thing as truth. And if there is no truth, there can be no love of truth. And if there is no love of truth, our civilization collapses, for it was built, both in […]

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The Human Drama: Truth as an Encounter with Mystery

November 9, AD2015 2 Comments
The Human Drama: Truth as an Encounter with Mystery

MythBusters, an entertaining Discovery Channel series that puts science and popular myths to the test, is a family favorite at our house. In one episode, host Adam Savage wears a t-shirt that states, “I reject your reality and substitute my own.” I appreciate the pithy sentiment, but the humorous premise points to a more serious question: […]

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We Abandon Truth To The Neglect Of Our Souls

September 4, AD2015 18 Comments
We Abandon Truth To The Neglect Of Our Souls

The other day, as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I noticed some disturbing comments on a friend’s pro-life post. The person making the comments was pro-abortion, and I found myself wanting to engage him in discussion. So I asked him a few questions and tried to find some common ground, as this typically is the […]

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Truth: A Tool For Caring

August 5, AD2015 2 Comments
Truth: A Tool For Caring

  We each have things in life that drive us crazy and push us to the point of unpleasantness, if we allow our emotions to take control. I seem to be able to tolerate all sorts of behaviors from people, but I have developed a particular distain for lying. I don’t think anyone likes being […]

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Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

May 4, AD2015 2 Comments
Joining the Fellowship: Catholic Lessons from Tolkien

Ragged stuffed animal and hidden depression as my constant companions, I discovered J.R.R. Tolkien during my awkward preteen years. My father, although never an enthusiastic reader, had finished narrating the golden purrings of Aslan, constant mutterings of Puddleglum, and gallant chirpings of Reepicheep in The Chronicles of Narnia. My two sisters and I gathered around […]

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Monsters are Among Us!

April 30, AD2015 13 Comments
Monsters are Among Us!

When we were children, monsters would move from movie screens and story books to the shadows in our rooms or dark corners of our imaginations. Today they appear in the nightly news and history books, in the aftermath of their crimes, or on the internet wearing black masks, recording their crimes against the “Nation of […]

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Witness: “Viva Cristo Rey!”

September 4, AD2014 3 Comments
Witness: “Viva Cristo Rey!”

In a time when organized religion and freedom of conscience seem to be dwindling on a daily basis, we as Catholics must make every effort to remain undeterred. We know that during times of great difficulty, the Church has always responded with great men and women, who rose to the occasion. Blessed Miguel Pro is […]

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Is It Truth or Sophistry?

May 19, AD2014 5 Comments
Is It Truth or Sophistry?

Years ago, I was washing up some pots, just before dinner, when all of a sudden a word popped into my head, seemingly out of nowhere. I turned around and blurted out to my kids, who were doing homework around the kitchen table,“Sophistry! The word that keeps coming to me is sophistry.” Of course, everyone burst […]

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