Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category


Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

A friend of mine once asked me why all student newspapers are left wing. Although he might have been exaggerating somewhat, he nevertheless had a point. It may be, I thought, as philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once opined, that “The deepest definition of Youth is life untouched by tragedy.” I believe, by this assertion, that he was referring to an idealism that is prevalent among young people in which the belief abounds that...


When Nowhere Feels Like Home

Many people say “home is where the heart is” and growing up, home was so clear. It was that old brick house on that small town street with the green carpeting and the immense feeling of love from my parents and family. I am so grateful that I grew up with that house and I’m so lucky that for every break I get to go back and lay on the same couch and watch the...


God’s Sense of Humor and the Divine Laugh

While it is common to learn that God invented marriage and God invented pleasure, it is not as frequent to hear that God invented laughter. While the attributes of God throughout the Bible acknowledge His power, wisdom, justice, mercy, love, and beauty, the notion of the Lord as the God of laughter at first sounds incongruent. Yet man, the image of man, who smiles, laughs, and plays, reflects a sense of humor as part...


The Torture of Suspected Terrorists

When approaching the extremely controversial debate over whether suspected terrorists should be tortured in prison, one should ask whether torture is effective at obtaining information that could save lives, and whether it is morally permissible according to Catholic teaching. For the purposes of this article, the definition of torture will include “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as waterboarding, sleep deprivation, psychological stress placed on prisoners, and related tactics.

The most compelling question surrounding the use of...


The Simplicity of Goodness and the Complexity of Evil

The Latin word simplex means “without fold,” meaning straightforward, guileless, and artless–without any concealment or dissimulation. Aeneas, Virgil’s Roman epic hero in the Aeneid, embodies the Roman virtue of integritas, which means blamelessness, innocence, purity, and oneness—the absence of all deceit. Goodness by its nature is not artful, subtle, complex, or duplicitous but direct, open, and transparent. The Latin word duplex that means double also means “double-tongued” or guilty of lying. The child in...


A pro-life attitude towards fasting and food

By Fr. Basil Cole, O.P.

Often when Lent comes around during the liturgical year, many Catholics try to use it as a time to lose weight by fasting from a lot of their favorite foods, rather than looking upon this time to grow in prayer and works of mercy. Cutting down on our favorite foods to lose of few pounds often means, quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, “restraining food that weakens strength for prayer and preaching while trying to stifle...


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...