Truth

"The Martyrdom of St. James" (detail)
by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta"The Martyrdom of St. James" (detail) by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

These dark times are difficult to decipher partially because moral and intellectual considerations have been subsumed by material considerations; thus reducing the moral and legal considerations to the positive legal aspect alone. Vital ideas like justice, freedom, and morality have been badly deformed by reduction and misuse. There is no quantifiable way to discuss the tragic loss in France incurred […]

Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)Pope Benedict XVI (Philip Chidell / Shutterstock.com)

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI

“Lent stimulates us to let the Word of God penetrate our life and in this way to know the fundamental truth: who we are, where we come from, where we must go, what path we must take in life.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Ash Wednesday General Audience, March 1, 2006) Print this entry

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

You are Dust: The Chemical Origin of Life

On Ash Wednesday, the minister marks the cross on our foreheads with ashes and says, “Remember, you are dust and to dust you will return.” It is a reminder that we are human, that in death our bodies will remain on the earth and decay while the souls of the just will go to meet God and wait to be reunited with […]

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Six Practical Steps to Catholic Joy

I recently had coffee with a fellow Catholic who gloomily shared his ongoing struggles with overtly living out his faith in the real world and reluctance to discuss his faith with others. He made it clear that going to Mass on Sunday was all he could or should be doing. Unfortunately, this is a very common tale. The conversation became […]

Condemnations of 1277

From Faith Came Science: Condemnations of 1277

In 1277, Étienne Tempier, the Bishop of Paris, issued a list of 219 condemned propositions relating to details of Aristotelian texts that were irreconcilable with the Christian worldview. These propositions were not binding on Christians, but served as a guide for the scholars at the University of Paris. The decree largely dealt with the eternity of the world and creation. […]

"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez"Christ on the Cross" (detail) by Velazquez

God is Asking Something Heroic of Us

“The disciple of Christ consents to ‘live in the truth,’ that is, in the simplicity of a life in conformity with the Lord’s example, abiding in his truth. ‘If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth.”— CCC, 2470 I first interacted with Father Roger Landry […]

J.R.R. TolkienJ.R.R. Tolkien

Catholic Quote of the Day — from J.R.R. Tolkien

“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the […]

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Raise Prudent Kids, Not Independent Kids

What the Experts Say It is popular for parenting magazines to publish articles with advice from child psychologists about how to raise independent kids. But what does that mean? One psychologist tells parents in an article in Parenting Magazine titled “Flying Solo: Raise an Independent Kid” that no matter how loving they are, they are not the ones able to help […]

C.S. LewisC.S. Lewis

Catholic Quote of the Day — from C. S. Lewis

“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing—to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from—my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.” […]