Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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The Heresy of the Day: The Denial of the Natural Order

“The fundamental heresy of our day is perhaps the denial of the natural order, of the very foundations of culture,” writes Father Francis Bethell, O.S.B., in John Senior and the Restoration of Realism. Without a natural order, the supernatural order lacks incarnate reality, and civilization loses its moral sense. Indeed, all the popular ideologies of the twenty-first century originate in the rejection of the self-evident, God-given natural order that speaks in the visible structure...

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The Domestic Church and the Sacred Liturgy

This is the fourth of four weekly installments on the Spirituality of the Domestic Church. See the first here, the second here and the third here.

Having first investigated the biblical roots of the family as the domestic church (here and here), we then looked at the relationship of the family to the Cross of Christ (here), relying heavily on...