Into the Deep

"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni

Get Ready to Celebrate the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year, that date falls on next Friday. Mary’s earthly death has been nearly unanimously held by the Church’s theologians through the centuries. The Church’s liturgies affirm this. Indeed, the Solemnity of the Assumption was first known and celebrated as [...]

Surrender & Strength

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They Know I’m Catholic, Right?

I gave a talk one Sunday morning to the men’s club of a large Atlanta Methodist church at the request of an old friend. When he asked me to speak to this group months before the talk, I responded with a question which I would ask him repeatedly every time we got together: “They know I’m Catholic, right?” I engage [...]

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The Only Acceptable Rebellion

Come on, we know better than the Church, don’t we? After all, this is the twenty-first century and times have changed. Modern man is fully capable of deciding what is good and moral on his own, right? All the really smart people in the media, government and academia who encourage us to embrace abortion, contraception, euthanasia and same-sex marriage can’t [...]

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Undeniable

“Human intelligence is surely already capable of finding a response to the question of origins. The existence of God the Creator can be known with certainty through his works, by the light of human reason, even if this knowledge is often obscured and disfigured by error. This is why faith comes to confirm and enlighten reason in the correct understanding [...]

Regular Feature

Water on Water

Dear Chemistry Student

Dear Chemistry Student, Once upon a time, at the ripe old age of 21, I was a high school chemistry teacher. I know people often have a bad reaction to studying chemistry. It seems difficult, abstract, and useless. Indeed, you don’t need to know that water molecules have a distorted tetrahedral arrangement in which the H—O—H angle is 104.5° to be able to get on with [...]

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Let There Be Ice Cream In Cones: On Determinism and Miracles

Last week I wrote that determinism is not a new idea for physicists, and I wrote that Christian apologists do not accept the deterministic conclusion that everything has a fundamental microphysical underpinning. This bears explaining. The key word is “everything.” As far as physics goes, the material world does seem determined.* Scientists expect matter to follow laws of physics, otherwise, [...]

In the Spotlight

"David and Goliath" (detail) by Guillaime Courtois

Reading David and Goliath in the Four Senses of Scripture

Reading the Holy Scriptures in the modern age is a more daunting task than might be supposed considering the cacophony of educators cheerleading for the false success of a wholly corrupted educational system. The modern school promotes a false sense of literacy more transparent than the Emperor’s new clothes when held up to time honored understandings of literacy and the [...]

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Grace Trumps Dysfunction in Marriage

Got dysfunction? Everyone has from one extent to the other: a harbored resentment, stubbornness, or jealousy, all the way to major issues such as addictions or mental illness. The dysfunctional parts of our personalities are the ones that interfere with happy marriages. Lack of forgiveness and lack of unconditional love makes us dysfunctional as marriage partners and as Catholics. I [...]

Daily Extras

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Encountering the Word — Luke 1:41-42

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:41-42) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both [...]

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Encountering the Word — Ephesians 4:4-7

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” (Ephesians 4:4-7) If you [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Thomas à Kempis

“We are lifted up above earthly things by two wings: simplicity and purity…” (Fr. Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, Book 2, Chapter 4) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts [...]

Scripture Reflections

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Walking in Faith

One of the most famous stories of the New Testament is the one about Jesus walking on the water. If there is any gospel story we never tire of hearing, this is it. The lake is rough. Though several of the apostles spent most of their life in a boat, they’re still worried. But when they see a phantom walking [...]

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The Miracle of the Loaves

Only one miracle of Jesus is recorded in all four gospels—the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. I once heard a homilist give what he said was the real meaning of the story: the people in the crowd took out food they were hiding under their cloaks and shared it. Jesus’ preaching inspired the melting of selfishness, and this was [...]

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Does Old versus New Apply in the Kingdom?

“Liberal” and “conservative.” The definitions of these terms are seldom stated. Usually they are just presumed. Often people call “conservative” those who like old-fashioned things and “liberal” those who favor the latest ideas, trends, and values. But for the Christian, the ultimate question is not personal preferences of style, or whether something is old or avant garde. It is rather [...]