Archive for December, 2015

The Development of Evil and the Growth of Good

In the “Preface” to The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis alludes to William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” as one of man’s constant fantasies, the notion that, “granted skill and patience and (above all) time enough, some way of embracing both alternatives can always be found.” On the contrary, Lewis argues that it is an illusion to assume that “all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough,...

Christmas: The Coming of the Light to Overcome the Darkness

The season of Christmas comes in the darkest of seasons when the day is filled with more hours of night than day. In the midst of this gloom when nighttime has conquered daylight, “the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The Bible uses the Greek term logos for “the Word” becoming Flesh. Logos not only refers to God but also identifies God as reason, truth, and...

The Incarnation: “Something More”

“Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;/ and all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil.” The words from Gerard Manley Hopkins’, SJ poem, “God’s Grandeur,” seem to give the quintessential description of our mortal world. The words of Ecclesiastes also come to mind: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity” (1:2). Suffering pervades our world under many forms: good friends suffer from difficult situations, family members experience sicknesses, and sometimes even those we love...

Create in Me a Clean Heart

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently issued a letter addressing the plague of pornography. Entitled “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography,” it has been a long time coming. This is an important document that should be read by every family and discussed in all Catholic schools and universities.

The Bishops Conference makes it quite clear that pornography is an offense against chastity and human dignity and...

The Lost Meaning of Justice

The traditional meaning of justice defines the virtue as the obligation or debt that is “due” or owing to another person. This debt, however, is not always something monetary or quantitative and goes beyond contractual obligations or agreements between employer and employee. While employers owe just wages to their workers and all who purchase goods are bound to pay the stipulated price of the product, all human relationships require the virtue of justice, not...

Make It a Yellow Day

I was happy to hear that this Christmas a movie that exudes the beauty of all human life is being released in select theaters across the country. Yellow Day, a film that is part-animation, part-live action, conveys the stories of young people who found healing at Camp Grace, a place where miracles occur (especially on what is called “The Yellow Day”).

Yellow Day follows the story of a young man who has a chance meeting...

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Allison Brown

alearAllison Brown is the mother of seven beautiful children. In the midst of writing an autobiography, her writing focuses on family life, hopes, dreams and struggles with health. She demonstrates how faith guides her through struggles and hopes that her writing comforts those who are hurting.

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The Modern Idea of Conscience

In Montaigne’s “On Repentance,” an essay written in the late sixteenth century as part of his autobiographical collection known as Essays (1588), the French Catholic writer who lived through the period of the Protestant Revolt, the colonization of North American and South America, and the scientific revolution of Copernicus presents a view of conscience that reflects all the modern errors about this moral faculty. He explains, “. . . I often repeat, that I...