Author Archive: JC

JC is a cradle Catholic, and somewhat of a traditionalist conservative. He is currently a physics Ph.D. candidate. He is a lay member of the Order of Preachers, with a three year commitment to the Order. JC has been happily married since June of 2010. He has at times questioned – and more often still been questioned about – his Faith, but he has never wandered far from the Church, nor from our Lord. “To whom else would I go?”

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Hell in the Scheme of Things

Hell in the Scheme of Things

[ 23 ] March 4, AD 2014 |

Some years ago, I joined a group of friends in their college dorm lounge to enjoy a movie. While we watched the movie, I overheard a conversation between two students in the lounge’s loft area (it was an elaborate lounge). The topic of the conversation was Hell. The first student, a woman, stated not a disbelief […]

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Of Dogma and Definitions

Of Dogma and Definitions

[ 0 ] February 4, AD 2014 |

“The modern world is filled with men who hold dogmas so strongly that they do not even know that they are dogmas. It may be said even that the modern world, as a corporate body, holds certain dogmas so strongly that it does not know that they are dogmas.” –G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy In our time […]

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Mercy Is Not Always Comfortable

Mercy Is Not Always Comfortable

[ 18 ] January 15, AD 2014 |

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy” (Matthew 5:7). In my previous column, I discussed justice and noted that it is not necessarily comforting. Taken in isolation, it could be further argued that justice is necessarily not comforting in the end. Scripture certainly conveys this point, for example, through the various “wrathful” Psalms, […]

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Justice Is Not Always Comforting

Justice Is Not Always Comforting

[ 1 ] January 7, AD 2014 |

To state a tautology, we all deserve justice. Moreover, most people will, I think claim to desire justice if asked. And, since God is not only supreme but also supremely just, we will all ultimately get justice, if not in this life then certainly in the next. On the surface this last sounds good, but […]

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Advent in Miniature

Advent in Miniature

[ 0 ] December 10, AD 2013 |

“A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; The rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of […]

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Welcoming Sinners

Welcoming Sinners

[ 10 ] October 15, AD 2013 |

  The various recent interviews and op-eds by Pope Francis—and the subsequent misinterpretations thereof—have given me reason to ponder a pair of related questions. Would a practicing and unrepentant sinner be welcomed into the Church? And also, what does it mean to welcome a sinner? There are several ways in which we can welcome a […]

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin (pt 2): On Misguided Sympathy

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin (pt 2): On Misguided Sympathy

[ 3 ] September 17, AD 2013 |

“Chesterton described the sentimentalist as having ‘no honor about ideas; he will not see that one must pay for an idea as for anything else. He will not see that any worthy idea…can only be won on its own terms.’ That nicely describes the modern man who describes himself as ‘spiritual, but not religious.’ The […]

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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin (pt 1): Hating Where We Ought to Hate

Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin (pt 1): Hating Where We Ought to Hate

[ 20 ] September 12, AD 2013 |

“There are things which rightfully we ought to fear, if we are to enjoy and dignity as men. When, in an age of smugness and softness, fear has been pushed temporarily into the dark corners of personality and society, then soon the gods of the copybook headings with fire and slaughter return. To fear to […]

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Canonizing Chesterton, Heroic Virtue, and Ordinary Life

Canonizing Chesterton, Heroic Virtue, and Ordinary Life

[ 2 ] August 20, AD 2013 |

Saint G.K. Chesterton has a nice ring to it, so it was with some special joy that I read the report that the “sympathetic” bishop of Northampton is actually “seeking a suitable cleric to begin an investigation into the potential for opening a cause for Chesterton.” In other words, the relevant church authorities are finally […]

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The Family as the Basic Unit of Society

The Family as the Basic Unit of Society

[ 3 ] July 23, AD 2013 |

“The family is the original cell of social life. It is the natural society in which husband and wife are called to give themselves in love and in the gift of life. Authority, stability, and a life of relationships within the family constitute the foundations for freedom, security, and fraternity within society. The family is […]

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Purity Culture and Abstinence Only Sex Education

Purity Culture and Abstinence Only Sex Education

[ 7 ] June 25, AD 2013 |

In my last column, I discussed the distinctions between abstinence, chastity, and purity, noting that the first of these is a means to an end, the second a virtue as well as an act, and the third a beatitude. In doing so, I cited and even quoted from a few Catholic and secular sources, many […]

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Abstinence, Chastity, and Purity — Part One: Drawing Distinctions

Abstinence, Chastity, and Purity — Part One: Drawing Distinctions

[ 2 ] May 28, AD 2013 |

Abstinence may be a mere means to an end, but it’s often given a bit of a bad rap. Indeed, in the recent spate of posts on the subject here and throughout the Catholic blogosphere, abstinence is treated at best as the pesky little brother of chastity, and at worst it becomes the root of […]

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A Review of J. Budziszewski’s <em>On The Meaning of Sex</em>

A Review of J. Budziszewski’s On The Meaning of Sex

[ 0 ] April 30, AD 2013 |

With mercury we measure pain as we measure the heat of bodies and air; but this is not how to discover our limits– you think you are the center of things. If only you could grasp that you are not: the center is He and Hem too, finds no love– why don’t you see?   […]

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Pat, Pat

Pat, Pat

[ 1 ] December 11, AD 2012 |

“Pat, pat. Rub rub.” Just as a new family comes into being on the wedding day with the marriage of a husband and wife, so too does fatherhood begin on the day of conception with the creation of a new life. Wait, fatherhood begins then? Did I mean to write “motherhood,” or perhaps “parenthood?” The […]

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The Strange Case of Savita Halappanavar

The Strange Case of Savita Halappanavar

[ 5 ] November 20, AD 2012 |

At this point, the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar is “old” news, in that most people have been at least somewhat aware of of it. Most people in the Catholic and pro-life blogsopheres—to say nothing of the ideologues who oppose us—who will comment on it have already posted their preliminary thoughts. The forces at work […]

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Reality, Belief, and Hell

Reality, Belief, and Hell

[ 4 ] November 13, AD 2012 |

I’ve heard it opined by the occasional atheist that he not only believes that God does not exist, but actually desires to be right in this non-belief. A very honest opinion, that, if also erroneous. There are, of course, several reasons to have such a desire. We have a natural need to conform our intellects […]

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