Category: Symposiums

Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

[ 27 ] January 6, AD 2015 |

In a short but provocative reflection, Prof. J. Budziszewski calls curiosity the enemy of wonder. In so doing, he is drawing a distinction between the desire for knowledge—itself a good thing—and the elevation of that desire to the highest good, one which can then seek fulfillment at all costs: The problem is that the curiosity-as-holiness […]

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Catholic Canines

Catholic Canines

[ 4 ] October 22, AD 2014 |

It’s a very long story, but suffice it to say, my husband and I are planning to bring home a dog at the end of this week. Many people have expressed interest (to put it nicely) in why we are bringing home a dog when we do not yet have and are not currently expecting […]

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A Conversion of Individuals

A Conversion of Individuals

[ 3 ] September 24, AD 2014 |

Christ spent 3 years forming 12 men. Those men went on to change the world.

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ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

[ 2 ] September 10, AD 2014 |

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers” (Matthew 5:9) and we hail him as the Prince of Peace (cf. […]

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Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

[ 3 ] September 3, AD 2014 |

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. After all kinds of turmoil in my […]

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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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Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

[ 3 ] August 25, AD 2014 |

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to Christianity from Buddhism — has been to […]

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Martyrdom in Mosul

Martyrdom in Mosul

[ 4 ] August 13, AD 2014 |

When I heard of the atrocities happening in Mosul this past week, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This is happening in our world today? I know there are bad things happening all of the time. I know there is evil. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around such brutality, such fierce evil. After […]

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Redemptive Suffering

Redemptive Suffering

[ 7 ] August 5, AD 2014 |

The fear of suffering, pain, and death may seem like unconquerable mysteries. My time here at CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] has helped me to understand, via experience, that they are not necessarily things that need to be conquered. No amount of faith excludes us from experience pain, loneliness, and death. Money, power, and other earthly […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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We Don’t Call Her “The Virgin Mary” For Nothing.

We Don’t Call Her “The Virgin Mary” For Nothing.

[ 3 ] July 18, AD 2014 |

Whenever we talk about Mary, we address her with many different titles: Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, Holy Mary,  Blessed Mother. However, out of all these, the one most often heard across Catholic (and Protestant) aisles is The Virgin Mary. Virtually every person that claims the Christian faith accepts that Mary miraculously conceived Christ […]

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Know Mary, Know Jesus. No Mary, No Jesus.

Know Mary, Know Jesus. No Mary, No Jesus.

[ 5 ] July 4, AD 2014 |

During my days as a Southern Baptist, my opinion of Mary, the Blessed Virgin, was the same as every other Protestant. I saw her as just another character in the Bible, one who was given a particular task, and when God was finished with her, she faded into the background with the rest of the […]

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Theology of Suffering

Theology of Suffering

[ 4 ] June 8, AD 2014 |

When I was a teenager and with the Boy Scouts (i.e., Venture Scouts), I went to Manatoba, Canada to do a Northern Tier trek canoeing expedition. We arrived at a small town with a population of about 90, and got on a little puddle-jumper plane that flew us over the beautiful landscape and dropped us […]

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Healing the Body of Christ

Healing the Body of Christ

[ 28 ] June 4, AD 2014 |

You may have heard about the controversial Cincinnati Catholic school contracts, which require teachers not to publicly support things contrary to Church teaching. If you haven’t heard about it, here’s CNN’s story highlighting all the teachers that are terrified of being fired; for whatever reason, the reporter didn’t bother to find anyone who thought it […]

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Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

[ 5 ] June 4, AD 2014 |

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about mixed marriages–from friends, from Catholic bloggers, etc etc.  I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a little about them before but always hesitated because I didn’t want to write something like a diatribe, or something painfully tangential.  And I will say at the beginning of this article that […]

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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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Bundy v The Catechism

Bundy v The Catechism

[ 2 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

By now, everyone has probably heard about the situation between the Bundy Ranch and the Bureau of Land Management. If you haven’t, just Google “Bundy Ranch and the BLM” and then pick your politically biased poison. In brief, a rancher in Nevada named Cliven Bundy has been illegally grazing his cows on federal land for […]

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Approaching Dignity, Skipping the Spin

Approaching Dignity, Skipping the Spin

[ 18 ] April 18, AD 2014 |

Last weekend, I was one of the speakers at a pro-life rally in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. I’d never spoken at such an event, but, because I do believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every human life, which includes the unborn, I said yes. And after all, if there is any topic that can inform and bolster […]

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Christ Teaches Us How to Die

Christ Teaches Us How to Die

[ 3 ] April 17, AD 2014 |

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21) There are many, many lessons to be learned in the example Christ left for us in his suffering and death on the cross. One of those, I believe, […]

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Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

Book Review: Saints and Social Justice by Brandon Vogt

[ 0 ] April 12, AD 2014 |

Brandon Vogt has written a masterpiece in Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World (OSV, May 2014). Brandon’s writing and theological talents have been sharpened to the tenth degree with Saint-master  mentor, Bert Ghezzi (author of Voices of the Saints) and Word on Fire powerhouses Steve Grunow and Father Robert Barron in […]

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Nothing Changes

Nothing Changes

[ 3 ] April 10, AD 2014 |

By now, those who have been monitoring the events in the Philippines know that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional the Reproductive Health Law except for eight provisions. In a nutshell, this means that state-sponsored, state-subsidized contraception remains in place. However, the nullification of certain provisions of the law means, among other things, that private […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through being active […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

[ 0 ] March 21, AD 2014 |

My last article was the beginning of a brief series on how young Catholics (myself included) can answer Pope Francis’ call to be a force for Christ and his Church. Now, I’d like to discuss the next step. As I mentioned last time, we can’t stay in the parish forever. In order to continue moving […]

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I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

[ 2 ] March 20, AD 2014 |

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24-year-old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only two other people in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an internet video that received over a […]

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Child Euthanasia and the Creative Character of Suffering

Child Euthanasia and the Creative Character of Suffering

[ 3 ] March 10, AD 2014 |

Last month the Belgian Parliament passed a bill authorizing “voluntary” euthanasia for terminally ill children. Despite pressure from thousands of signatories to a petition requesting that he do otherwise and protests in the country against the bill, King Philippe signed the measure into law last week on March 4th. Belgium initially legalized euthanasia for adults […]

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