Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category


Themes of Suicide in Scripture

Can one find help specifically for mental illness in the Bible, as it was not known or understood as such when the Bible was written? As God’s Word, His inspired truth, the Bible is completely applicable to life today, when many people are suffering with mental health issues of their own or of loved ones. Great comfort can be found in concrete examples of mental health episodes that are given to us in Scripture, and...


The Narratio of Sacred Liturgy in Genesis 1 and 2

The liturgy of the Church is where we, as the baptized faithful, approach the throne of Heaven with humility to give praise and thanksgiving to God, for the work of the blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As the source and summit of the whole Christian life (Lumen gentium, art. 11), it is worth pondering why we celebrate the liturgy at all. Is not the liturgy just an addition to the Church’s...

Following the Line of Providence

The cynic will deny the existence of Providence. That is because he wants to be the sole master of both his dowry and his destiny. What he does not realize is that God has, so to speak, beaten him to the punch. It was God, not he, who granted him existence, placed inclinations in his being, and provided him with the means to fulfill those inclinations. We do not invent our destiny, no...


Angels and the Social Teaching of the Church, A Small Connection?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

St. Thomas is called the angelic doctor due, in part, to his extraordinary speculation on the nature of angels, how they think and act. He, together with tradition, teaches that they are countless because God in his goodness wanted to manifest his perfections in imitation of his unlimited good and beauty. Angelic being is purely spiritual whereas humans are both spiritual and material. All were were created as a universe of being. Matter is...


There are No Human Beings

The contention which has been put forth by several writers that there are no human beings will seem rather startling to most people. After all, such claims are made by those whom we usually refer to precisely as human beings. Nonetheless, although most people would agree that there are human beings, the consequences of this strange philosophy are very much with us today and will be difficult to expel without a clear understanding...


Tears of Happiness and the Exquisite Moments of Joy

Human beings delight in the world with their five senses that see beauty, hear music, feel comfort, taste deliciousness, and smell fragrance. They feel pleasure and pain, and they experience a range of emotions from tears to laughter. They also have the capacity to be moved, touched, and stirred in the depths by joys and acts of goodness that penetrate to the center of the heart and soul. From time to time human life...


The Common Evil: Does It Exist As Well as the Common Good?

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

When we search for the phrase “common good” in the Compendium of the Social Teaching of the Church, we find it is mentioned one-hundred and fifty-two times. Briefly the spine of this notion is the following

165. A society that wishes and intends to remain at the service of the human being at every level is a society that has the common good — the good of all people and of the whole...


Contact with the Real: The Foundation of Family, Education, and Spirituality

The typical student in twenty-first century America does not have adequate contact with concrete experience in the real world—contact with Mother Nature’s earth, air, and water; with the living persons of the various members of a family; or with the physical life of the body. The young have substituted vicarious or secondary experience in place of the primary contact with the real, the tangible, and the concrete. Many students relate to the world around...