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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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Worshipers of Technology/Adoradores de la tecnología

“The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth. Each moment that you spend with Jesus will deepen your union with Him and make your soul everlastingly more glorious and beautiful in Heaven, and will help bring about everlasting peace on earth.” – St. Teresa […]


What HBO Knows That Pro-Lifers Don’t

Growing up Catholic, being Pro-Life was just natural. In church, we were told that life begins at conception, and that it’s not OK to “abort” (which is really just a euphemism for “kill”) a baby. On top of it being breathed into me by Catholicism, I never came across a good logical reason to refute […]

Pope Francis gives the homily during the ordination Mass for 19 new priests in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican April 26. In his homily, the pope told the new priests to make sure their homilies were not boring. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-ORDAIN April 27, 2015.

Words ARE necessary

You’ve probably heard some variation on the saying from St. Francis of Assisi:  “Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.”  Whether that ascription is true or not, most folks grasp the meaning of the directive. Actually, more folks get it than one might think.  So says a recent Gallup poll that […]


Institutional Confidence and the Meaning of Holy Week

If Gallup Polls are to be believed, Americans are losing faith in the institutions which have made our country great for a long time. Only a couple of institutions – including, interestingly, the military and police – have been spared the precipitous drop in public confidence since the 1970s. Public schools – you know, the […]


How not to read the Bible

Sacred Scripture has long been an integral part of the Christian life. While it might interest some to engage it as an academic discipline or a case study or just a well-preserved artifact from antiquity, none of these approaches to Scripture properly respect why it was written and why it exists. How much sense would […]