Author Archive: Emily C. Hurt

Emily C. Hurt is a 2012 graduate of Christendom College with a Bachelor's in Theology. She wrote her Senior Thesis on "Redemptive Suffering in the Theology of the Servant of God Fulton J. Sheen." When she's not job-hunting or reading Fulton Sheen, she writes about the writings of Fulton Sheen, redemptive suffering, and her alma mater at her blog, www.theological-librarian.blogspot.com.

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Embracing the Cross or Leaning on a Crutch?

Embracing the Cross or Leaning on a Crutch?

[ 3 ] March 26, AD 2014 |

From the time of Karl Marx, who famously said that religion “is the opium of the people,” to our own days when modern secularists think that religion is a crutch for the weak, atheists and those who scoff at religion view it as some form of escape from the problems of daily life. Some of these […]

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What Are You “Exchanging” for Lent?

What Are You “Exchanging” for Lent?

[ 2 ] February 26, AD 2014 |

As Lent approaches, everyone is asking their kids, and deciding for themselves, “What are you going to ‘give up’ for Lent?” Why am I putting “give up” in quotation marks? “Give up” is in quotation marks because it is not the most appropriate term for the action that we perform during Lent.  Instead, as Venerable […]

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“Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!”

“Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!”

[ 1 ] January 29, AD 2014 |

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord! We accept good things from God; and should we not accept evil?” (Job 1:21; 2:10) These words from Morning Prayer for Wednesday, Week III, struck something in me. Job blesses the name of the Lord, no matter what! He knows that all the […]

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Venerable Fulton Sheen: Theologian? Timeless?

Venerable Fulton Sheen: Theologian? Timeless?

[ 2 ] December 3, AD 2013 |

With the unofficial feast day of Ven. Fulton Sheen coming up, it seemed a good time to present some thoughts on Sheen. Most people who know him think of him as  “popularizer” of the  Catholic Faith; does this mean he is not a theologian? Should he have stayed in the obscurity into which he seemed to […]

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Two Sides of the Same Coin: the Homosexual “Marriage” Debate and the Divorce Culture

Two Sides of the Same Coin: the Homosexual “Marriage” Debate and the Divorce Culture

[ 10 ] September 11, AD 2013 |

Reading Archbishop Cordileone’s words on “marriage sanity” made me look at the homosexual marriage debate through new eyes. He says: Too many children are being hurt by our culture’s strange and increasing inability to appreciate how important it is to bring together mothers and fathers for children in one loving home. … [T]here is that poverty of the […]

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The Feast of the Assumption and Fulton Sheen

The Feast of the Assumption and Fulton Sheen

[ 2 ] August 14, AD 2013 |

The Feast of the Assumption is tomorrow; and some of us might be wondering: “What is the importance of this feast? Is it still relevant to a world that focuses solely on the body to the denial of immortality, thinks love is only about sex, and is afraid of death because this life is all […]

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Book Review: “My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints”

Book Review: “My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints”

[ 10 ] July 17, AD 2013 |

A few weeks ago, Dawn Eden discovered my blog, Theological-Librarian. She got in touch with me and told me that her publisher would send a free copy of her newest book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, to bloggers who were willing to review it. I jumped at the […]

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God is Not the Author of Your Heartbreak

God is Not the Author of Your Heartbreak

[ 4 ] June 19, AD 2013 |

The above quote from Venerable Fulton Sheen caused some consternation on the Ignatius Press Quotables Facebook page, and among some of my friends when I shared it.  Frankly, I think it’s beautiful, so I thought I would try to explain it. Like most one-liners, this quote can be easily misunderstood if taken out of context. […]

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The Value of Life is Found in the Cross of Christ

The Value of Life is Found in the Cross of Christ

[ 0 ] May 22, AD 2013 |

In the struggle for life, talking about God is indispensable. Only in this way does the value of the weak, the disabled, the nonproductive, the incurably ill become apparent; only in this way can we relearn and rediscover, too, the value of suffering: the greatest lesson on human dignity always remains the cross of Christ, […]

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On Fear, Man’s Purpose, and Bombs

On Fear, Man’s Purpose, and Bombs

[ 0 ] April 24, AD 2013 |

With all the tension in the media lately, my thoughts turned to Ven. Fulton J. Sheen’s words on bombs. Granted, in his works he is speaking of bombs that have the capacity to blow up an entire world, namely, the atomic bomb; but his words are still relevant. He speaks of the atomic bomb under […]

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Entering into Holy Thursday with Venerable Sheen

Entering into Holy Thursday with Venerable Sheen

[ 0 ] March 27, AD 2013 |

In roughly 24 hours, the Sacred Triduum will begin. During these three days, the Church commemorates in a solemn manner the Passion, Death, and Burial of her Spouse, Our Blessed Lord. These days are a time to enter into more fervent prayer. For those of us who wonder “Where did Lent go?” and feel that […]

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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

[ 0 ] March 13, AD 2013 |

HABEMUS PAPAM!  God Bless Pope Francis! “So passes the glory of the world.” I was watching EWTN’s coverage of the sfumata and the announcement that we once again have a Pontiff, and one of the commentators mentioned this phrase.  It comes from the rite of the coronation of a Pontiff; the best description that I could find […]

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“I Will Not Leave You Orphans”

“I Will Not Leave You Orphans”

[ 0 ] February 27, AD 2013 |

When I first heard that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning, I was in shock.  My instant reaction was: “That’s impossible!”   I knew Popes had resigned before; I knew it was canonically possible; I just did not expect it.  I dug out my Code of Canon Law, looked up “resignation,” and read this canon: “If it […]

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The Spiritual Benefits to Growing Old

The Spiritual Benefits to Growing Old

[ 0 ] January 30, AD 2013 |

I work as a caregiver for two elderly women.  Both, in some way, have to live with humiliations imposed on them by their age.  One of them (hereafter Mrs. B) had a stroke that left her unable to speak and paralyzed on one side; the other (hereafter Mrs. T) wets her bed like a child. […]

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Christmas Isn’t Over Yet!

Christmas Isn’t Over Yet!

[ 1 ] January 5, AD 2013 |

To our modern, secular society, Christmas is over. People put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, go to Christmas parties well before December 25th, focus only on presents on the day itself, and then put the tree away on December 26th. “Well, Christmas is over ’til next year,” they say with a sigh of resignation.  […]

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On Missing Advent Traditions, and the Immaculate Conception

On Missing Advent Traditions, and the Immaculate Conception

[ 2 ] December 8, AD 2012 |

I miss Advent.  Yes, you read that right: I miss Advent.  And yet…I’m a practicing Catholic, I celebrate Advent; if anything, now that I’m no longer in college, I have more of an opportunity to actually live Advent than I did when my life was controlled by classes, papers, and Finals. Yet, still, I miss Advent. What […]

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