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“Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” (St. Francis of Assisi)

New Life in Jesus and Living in the Heavenly Will of God (Frank L. Hoffman)

We hear many religious leaders speaking about being born again, but not in connection with our new life in Jesus and living in the heavenly will of God. Most people who claim to be born again are still living the same worldly lives they formerly did, only we hear...Read More »


The Protest Against Evil and the Rise of Atheism: Is Evil Really the Problem? (Deacon F. K. Bartels)

Man was originally “not only created good, but was also established in friendship with his Creator and in harmony with himself” and with the created universe…. However, at the dawn of time, humankind fell from God’s grace through the commission of original sin by our first parents. Adam...Read More »


Righteous living: What it means to have a contrite heart (Joseph Parker)

The Bible tells us that every person was born into sin, this is found in Romans 5:12. It says: ”Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” We were all shaped in iniquity and...Read More »


Down the Slippery Slope: A Timeline of Social Revolution (Jared Staudt)

It is certainly not breaking news to assert that America is in cultural decline. Many aspects of this decline have been widely documented: the breakdown of the family, threats to life, and ever increasing secularization. My intent in this article is to draw together the consistent progression of this cultural...Read More »


The Gregory Option: St. Benedict in the World (Eric Johnston)

Alasdair MacIntyre’s 1981 manifesto After Virtue famously ends with the argument that we are “waiting for another St. Benedict.”  At some point, the old Roman Empire was lost.  “Men and women of good will turned aside from the task of shoring up the Roman imperium and ceased to identify the...Read More »


Building A Culture of Openness to God (Benjamin Mann)

The disappearance of God from the human horizon was described by Benedict XVI as“the real problem at this moment of our history” – more serious and urgent than any other particular moral or social crisis. But how do we address such a pervasive, seemingly abstract problem? It is often said that we...Read More »


The Lord’s Supper - A Heavenly Happy Meal? (Paul Louis Metzger)

Is the Lord’s Supper a heavenly happy meal? What do you think? Here are my initial thoughts. The Lord’s Supper is intended to provide spiritual nutrition so that Jesus’ disciples might grow up to maturity in Christ. St. Augustine writes in recalling “as it were” the Lord’s “voice from on...Read More »


Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him

Pope Francis said Satan exists in our present century and we must learn from the Gospel how to fight against his temptations. This was the core message of his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence. Pope Francis said the life of every...Read More »


Poverty and Property (Fr. Dwight Longenecker)

Jesus tells the rich young ruler to sell all that he has and give to the poor. He tells his disciples to set out on the road with nothing but faith. However, while this is not the rule for all it IS the rule for some, and this...Read More »


Prince of the humanists (Ronan Breathnach)

For many today the name Erasmus conjures up images of students basking in foreign cultures while they further their education abroad. Unknown too many these globetrotting scholars are following in the tradition set down by one of Europe’s most important and influential thinkers…. His pioneering of the printing press...Read More »


Factionalism in the Early Church (Keith Akers)

Christianity was shattered into many different factions at an unusually early stage. What do scholars make of the huge multiplicity of different Christian groups? For example, what caused it? Any ideas, scholars? Or anyone else? For me, this is a central historical problem in understanding early Christianity. The vast...Read More »


The Surprising Implications of Man’s Natural Ends (Jeff Mirus)

Recently I’ve revisited the massive shakeup of Catholic theology occasioned by Henri de Lubac’s remarkable study Surnaturel(French for “supernatural”), published just after the close of World War II. The whole episode demonstrates the immense consequences that can follow from getting key ideas just a little bit wrong. Almost in...Read More »


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