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Author Archive: Colin Gormley

Colin Gormley is a 30 something Catholic who is married. By day he is a contract worker for the state of Texas. By night, or whenever he’s trapped with his wife in her biology lab, he blogs about the Catholic faith from an apologetics perspective. He often strays into politics given the current debates in the country, but he tries to see all issues with the eyes of the Church. His website is Signs and Shadows.

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The Happy Warrior

September 12, AD 2013 2 Comments
The Happy Warrior

The famous author G. K. Chesterton earned my admiration after reading the Everlasting Man. His sharp wit and borderline whimsical style serve a unique style of apologetics that I have found both charming and thought provoking. The more I reflect on his writing I find that perhaps our world needs more of the joyful Catholic […]

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Is Dialogue Impossible Now?

July 18, AD 2013 10 Comments
Is Dialogue Impossible Now?

I am taking a break this month from my video game apologia to address a real problem I’m seeing in modern discussion about anything controversial. This  problem can be viewed across the political/social/cultural spectrum and is strangling the lines of communication. What I am referring to is the inability and unwillingness of people to represent […]

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The New New Media Part 2

June 20, AD 2013 7 Comments
The <em>New</em> New Media Part 2

In my last article on the subject of video games and the New Evangelization I briefly went into my own passion for games and how I feel that it is an evolving media that Catholics should begin to reevaluate. While the media itself is only beginning to evolve into something capable of real human drama, […]

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The New New Media

May 24, AD 2013 4 Comments
The New New Media

I have a bit of a confession to make before I begin. This article is arguably entirely self serving, so take what I state with as much salt as necessary. I love video games. I have loved them since I was first introduced to them in the early ’80s. It is a passion that borders on […]

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In Praise of the Modern Atheist

December 6, AD 2012 5 Comments
In Praise of the Modern Atheist

We in internet land spend a great deal of time pointing out how our intellectual opponents are wrong and we are right.  We spend very little time however pointing out when they are right, and as Christians this is a failing on our part.  Truth is truth, and we hold that all Truth comes from […]

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Post-Election Anxiety?

November 8, AD 2012 2 Comments
Post-Election Anxiety?

One of the rather frequent conversation topics I’ve participated in has to do with dealing with anxiety about the future.  In particular I’ve talked with a number of soon-to-be doctorates and professionals who confess a particular anxiety about what life will be like post-graduation.  When one considers how life has worked up till that point […]

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Politictitus

October 11, AD 2012 2 Comments
Politictitus

Picture H/T Mark Shea Who here is sick of politics?  Can I see a show of hands?  Unanimous?  I thought so. One of the nice things about traveling to a foreign country is that you can forget for a few weeks the utter depravity that is our current political climate.  But alas, that freedom ended […]

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Koreaca Television

August 16, AD 2012 3 Comments
Koreaca Television

So here I am struggling to come up with a topic for my post yet again.  The Paul Ryan VP pick?  Gay “marriage”?  A plea for video game tournaments in the Olympics?  There are so many things to write about that I’m experiencing writer’s block!  Like a cold hand around my neck the pressure of […]

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We are products of our culture

July 19, AD 2012 8 Comments
We are products of our culture

I remember sitting with my close friend “Ken” late one evening.  He was fairly depressed because he had broken up with his girlfriend (who was another close friend of mine).  We talked into the night dissecting the “failure” of the relationship.  At one point, in exasperation, Ken said something to the effect of “I still keep people […]

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What is good?

June 21, AD 2012 3 Comments
What is good?

Time for a bit of amateur theology/philosophy.  As a disclaimer, my presentation is based on my own informal learning.  So those with actual study credentials can feel free to correct me (so long as one can back it up please). God is good.  It is a simple enough phrase but it contains a profound, concept […]

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Communication is a discipline

May 24, AD 2012 4 Comments
Communication is a discipline

Like a bird flying toward a window I approach my deadline.  So here goes.  My apologies to anyone who sustains injury after reading this post. One of my initial draws to the magical realm of software engineering was the notion that I would not have to talk to anyone to get my job done.  I […]

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Sons of Cain: Review

May 17, AD 2012 3 Comments
Sons of Cain: Review

Reviewing Sons of Cain by Val Bianco, much like reading the book itself, is a challenging task for me.  When it hits its stride, Sons of Cain is an enjoyable thrill ride of action and intrigue.  Other times it feels like reading several academic biographies, full of detail but at times a bit dry and […]

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On the subject of Mercy Killing

April 26, AD 2012 1 Comment
On the subject of Mercy Killing

It should be noted to our readers that the subject of mercy killing was the instigation of the “Mercy and Killing” symposium here at IGNITUM TODAY.  Given the rise of murder in the name of mercy in Western Civilization, through acts such as abortion and euthanasia, it is imperative that  we as Catholics who hold all human life as […]

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Good and Evil: Analysis

March 29, AD 2012 7 Comments
Good and Evil: Analysis

I remember a story I had heard at a retreat I attended some years ago.  The speaker recounted an episode in her life that changed her forever.  I have changed some details for anonymity’s sake. This person, we will call her Mary, came from a family where value was placed on things like physical beauty, […]

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Catholic Education – A reflection

March 1, AD 2012 12 Comments
Catholic Education – A reflection

I have had a bit of difficulty gathering my thoughts on the subject of Catholic Education.  At first I blamed my allergies, as this is usually the case when my thoughts seem jumbled (or at least that is my excuse).  But eventually I discovered that my issue lay in two questions.  What is “education?”  And […]

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