Author Archive: JC

JC is a cradle Catholic, and somewhat of a traditionalist conservative. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in the summer of 2014. He is currently a visiting assistant professor of physics at a university in the deep south. He is a lay member of the Order of Preachers. 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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Hawking and the Heavens

Hawking and the Heavens

[ 6 ] October 14, AD 2014 |

Chesterton once observed that men generally have two attitudes towards dogma: some consciously recognize their reliance upon it, and others attempt to deny that reliance. He concluded that, ironically, it is the latter who are ultimately the more dogmatic. I was reminded of this observation a few weeks ago [1], when I saw the latest […]

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Faith and Mystery

Faith and Mystery

[ 2 ] September 16, AD 2014 |

“The things which we Christians embrace by divine faith, and which are not to be received except by divine faith, are humanly incredible. They are incredible for two reasons, two reasons paradoxically opposed: first, because they are so far above us, because they make it plain that God is remote, infinite, and mysterious beyond all […]

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Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

[ 4 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun [1]. For the returning students, this means a return to familiar stomping grounds and reunions with friends before the courses really buckle down into the semester grind. For the new students, it […]

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Depression, Despair, and Hope

Depression, Despair, and Hope

[ 7 ] August 19, AD 2014 |

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as […]

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Religion, Relationship, and New Life

Religion, Relationship, and New Life

[ 6 ] July 23, AD 2014 |

“Christianity, it is said, owes this, that, and the other to Judaism. It has borrowed this, that, and the other from Hellenism. Or from Essenism. Everything in it is mortgaged from birth…. Are people naive enough to believe, before making a detailed study, that the supernatural excludes any possession of earthly roots and any human […]

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Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s <em>The Wizard Knight</em>

Book Review: Gene Wolfe’s The Wizard Knight

[ 3 ] June 24, AD 2014 |

An entertaining book might be enjoyed on the first reading, but discarded after the second. A good book, on the other hand, gets better after the second reading, and a great one never grows old no matter how ancient. One might learn more upon the fiftieth reading of Plato’s Republic than from the first or […]

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Some Obstacles to Happiness

Some Obstacles to Happiness

[ 0 ] May 27, AD 2014 |

“If you are unhappy, I question whether you are truly Christian.” So concludes my columnist-colleague and brother Dominican, TJ Burdick, at the close of his latest column. And there is something to be said for Mr. Burdick’s conclusion: the happy are those who are blessed, and blessedness (ergo, happiness) is described for us by Jesus […]

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Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

[ 7 ] April 29, AD 2014 |

“Universities have failed in modern society because of their rebellion against the sacred tradition. They have become monumental pyramids, hospices for the remains of what once was learning, now sustained by growing numbers of administrators and shrinking numbers of teachers, surviving on grants and measuring their viability by their endowments, static as the latter-day Egyptians […]

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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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