Posts Tagged ‘faith’

How to Save America – and Civilization

Faced with two presidential candidates who have little or no regard for religiously-informed social values and a steady stream of dishonest and uncharitable vitriol from the campaigns and their various media allies, many people of faith are asking: What is to be done?

Disgusted with having to choose between various evils, many believers are, rightly, concluding that our country cannot be renewed by politics alone. We must reach out to our neighbors, take back...

Being Radically Pro-Life

“If there were no God, there would be no atheists.” G. K. Chesterton’s quip sends a comical light on those non-believers who, seemingly, are trying to prove their own non-existence. John C. Lennox, who is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, underscores Chesterton’s point, though from a different angle, in the very title of his book, God’s Undertaker:  Has Science Buried God? (Univ. of Oxford Press, 2007). If anything, he contends, science...

What’s So Special About the Rosary?

Most canonized Saints since the fifteen century prayed the Rosary in one form or another. The many papal approvals and many private revelations by the Blessed Virgin at least suggest there is something very deep about this form of prayer. We Catholics do not simply say it; we meditate, contemplate and pray through it.

Unfortunately, many only rush through it or think it is only monotonous prayers to the Blessed Mother. Many young...

Impending Canonization Invites JPII Generation to Strengthen Faith

Who could forget the thrill of being one of thousands, even millions, of young Catholics awaiting the arrival of Pope John Paul II to one of the many World Youth Days he attended? It was, as the media portrayed it, like waiting for a rock star. This pope had been pontiff for most of our young lives, he had contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union, and when he spoke to multitudes it felt...

The Prophet of Hope: Blessed John XXIII

In a few days, on September 30, we will have confirmation of the exact date for the anticipated April canonization of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII. The great mission of evangelization carried out during the papacy of John Paul II was preceded by the foundation for renewal laid by the Second Vatican Council, which is the lasting legacy of John XXIII.

On October 11, 1962, Blessed John XXIII made the...

The Philosophy Teacher’s Dilemma

The words “aging” and “maturing,” when applied to wine, mean the same thing. Such is not the case with human beings. It is possible for them to age without maturing. Growing older does not mean growing wiser. Sigmund Freud viewed immaturity as the inability to postpone gratification. This is a reasonable and useful rule of thumb.

The immature person wants the rewards without going through the trouble of earning them. The philosophy teacher’s...

Two Kinds of Happiness: How a New Study Confirms Old Truths

I’m always intrigued when I happen upon a clinical study that implicates important philosophical truths.[1]

The science:

Principal investigators Professor Barbara L. Fredrickson[2] and Dr. Stephen Cole[3] set out to test how feelings of happiness (good psychological health) impact the human immune system (bodily health). Their guiding referent was the hypothesis of a previous investigation in which a group of psychologically unhappy participants—all suffering from chronic stress or poor psychological health—uniformly...

Media Spin, Human Nature, and Speaking the Truth

Why is it that the New York Times, Time magazine, and all the other tawdry publications simply bash the Catholic Church and never run positive articles?

Could you imagine the following headline: “Amidst Abuse Woes, Pope Offers Compelling Defense of Priestly Celibacy.” Or: “Statistics Show that Homosexuality Plays Major Role in Catholic Abuse Crisis.” No. They only run articles that pre-conform to their worldview and they suppress all other perspectives. How’s that for a...