Archive for February, 2017

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...

Maturity: The Foundation of All Relationships

The role of every family is to lead the young to the state of maturity, a condition that is not determined by chronology. While boys and girls naturally grow and develop physically with age, they do not necessarily mature emotionally, socially, intellectually, or morally. Likewise, young adults may be twenty or thirty years old but yet show juvenile or adolescent behavior. Maturity begins when the young recognize their duties and obligations and learn that...

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...

The Common Good and Individualistic Wishes

A moral society and a virtuous person make choices on the basis of the common good, the good of the whole, and the best interests of children and the future generations. While every person has personal wishes and special desires, these must be subordinated to the larger considerations of the good of all—the larger good of the family, of society, and of the Church. When a person’s private good and individual interests acquire greater...

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...

The Moral Case for States to Pass Partial Birth Abortion Bans

In 2004, President George W. Bush signed into federal law the prohibition of the horrendous practice of partial birth abortions. Soon afterwards, abortion advocates challenged the constitutionality of the law within the federal courts. In 2007, the US Supreme Court issued its Gonzales v. Carhart decision allowing the law to stand and to go into effect. However, in the summer of 2015 it became increasingly obvious that some abortionists had violated the...