Archive for March, 2016

When a Lie is More Than a Lie

Lies come in a wide variety of shades. There is the white lie, the misrepresentation, the falsehood, the equivocation, the fabrication, the prevarication, and—my favorite—the terminological inexactitude. At the dark end of the spectrum there are lies that people in authority disseminate with the intention of deliberately deceiving others in order to endanger their lives.  These are vicious, monstrous lies.  They are inexcusable and condemnable.  In this case, the lie is more than...

Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Roads to God

“The Child is father of the Man”—William Wordsworth

Without leisure, play, recreation, art, and worship, man lacks contact with the divine attributes of God philosophers call the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. In a child’s play, an adult’s favorite recreation or pastime, the enjoyment of beauty, or a festive event like a wedding, a person experiences life’s great goodness and senses the richness that lies at the heart of reality: “There lives the...

Let Them Serve!

 “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose...

Wounded by Beauty

In a previous article written for Christmas, I reflected on our hope in the Incarnation despite the suffering in the world around us, using Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi. In fact, suffering can be a “school” of hope, for, when united with Christ, it points beyond our mortality in this life to the eternity of Heaven. Now, as we approach the Holy Triduum, I would like to reflect once...

The Republic of Choice In a Culture of Death

The late Ronald Dworkin (1931-2013) was a prominent and influential scholar of United States constitutional law and jurisprudence. In his book, Life’s Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom (1993) he states that “Abortion, which means killing a human embryo, and euthanasia, which means killing a person out of kindness, are both choices for death.” We may set aside his inaccurate description of all those who are aborted as “embryos,” and...

The Communists are Right: The Family Is The Basic Cell Of Society. But Here Is Why Their Solution Is Wrong

By Stephanie Pacheco

The Communists were right about a good many things, but often misguided in their solutions. In Friedrich Engels’ account of the family from “The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State,” accuses monogamous marriage as the beginning of class oppression in society, and he describes the family as “the cellular form of civilized society.” In the latter sentiment, he is correct: the family is the basic cell of society. But in the wider...

Mercy: The Love More Powerful Than Sin

Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy), the second encyclical of St. John Paul II’s pontificate, is arguably one of the greatest treasures of the Church, and one that is particularly significant for this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Issued in 1980, thirty years before the canonization of St. Faustina who St. John Paul declared the “Apostle of Divine Mercy”, this work is indeed a most necessary message for our times.

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Falling in Love with Life

How does one fall in love with life? He delights in play like a child. He falls in love with a woman who is beauty incarnate.  He experiences the birth of his children. He is touched by the profound goodness of another person and filled with a lifelong gratitude. He experiences a dream come true, an answer to a prayer, a miracle that changes his life. He experiences the wonder of great art in...