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Why Should We Try Not to Sin? (Millennial Question #1)

If God is all-forgiving, why should we try not to sin, since we know he’ll forgive us no matter what we do? [Ed. note: This is the first in a project I’m calling “Searching for Reality: Questions Millennials Ask Their Seminarian Friend.” I will attempt to answer as many of these as possible in the […]

For a Christian, the world’s problems are already solved

I’ve never been a huge G.K. Chesterton fan. Not because I don’t like him, but because I just haven’t taken the time to explore his life or thought in detail. I do know that he seems to have something of a cult following in Catholic circles, especially among converts. But he’s been popping up in […]

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The End of Community?

I did something the other day that I don’t frequently do anymore. I bought a pair of shoes. In the store. From a real, live human being. Like many people, this process of walking into stores has become less and less frequent for me. I mean, how could it not? You can purchase everything online, […]

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Faith, Family, and Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Justice Samuel Alito

It might seem like a long journey from an an Italian household in Trenton, New Jersey to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. But it is one which Samuel A. Alito, Jr. has taken, and with great success. There were many stops along the way, of course. Those stops were quite varied, from studying along […]

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“Being’s self-gift to being:” James Matthew Wilson and the Encounter with Beauty

I walked in just a few minutes late to a lecture in a large classroom at Villanova University on the first full day of Spring. I had come to listen to a most interesting author I’ve come to know. James Matthew Wilson was doing something which seems to come effortlessly to him: educating others – […]

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Reflections on the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity

A friend of mine once told me about a priest she knew. Many times at Sunday Mass, after the homily, he would invite the faithful to recite the Creed in this way: “Do you dare stand and profess your faith with me?” That came to mind recently, because one of my favorite days of the […]

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