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Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

January 6, AD 2015 27 Comments
Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

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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Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

August 28, AD 2014 4 Comments
Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun []. 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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We Don’t Call Her “The Virgin Mary” For Nothing.

July 18, AD 2014 3 Comments
We Don’t Call Her “The Virgin Mary” For Nothing.

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.

July 4, AD 2014 6 Comments
Know Mary, Know Jesus. No Mary, No Jesus.

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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Healing the Body of Christ

June 4, AD 2014 28 Comments
Healing the Body of Christ

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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Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

April 29, AD 2014 7 Comments
Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

“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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If You Let Them, They Will Build

January 20, AD 2014 0 Comments
If You Let Them, They Will Build

I recently read an article about childhood and play and the increasingly all pervasive place of school in the lives of children. School work which runs all day, followed by extra-curricular activities such as sports, followed by hours of homework, does not leave a lot of time for playing. The author of the article argues […]

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

January 17, AD 2014 4 Comments
Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

January 6, AD 2014 1 Comment
Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

“Eh, Bart, I’m glad you had fun, but I wouldn’t get too into that Catholic Church. With all the sitting and standing and kneeling, it’s like Simon Says without a winner.” – Marge “Mom, that’s blasphemy! I’ll say a rosary for you.” – Bart – The Simpsons, Season 16 Episode 21 (“The Father, the Son, […]

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Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College and Seminary

January 6, AD 2014 0 Comments
Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College and Seminary

Holy Apostles College and Seminary (HACS) is one of two non-residential Colleges recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society—a huge honor and privilege for any school making the short list. See that recommendation here. With a robust catolog and an honorary team of professors, HACS is the best kept secret in Catholic education. A humble size of online students […]

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It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

September 15, AD 2013 28 Comments
It’s Biblical to Ask Saints to Pray for Us

(This was originally shared here on AnsweringProtestants.com, as part of a longer post.) There is nothing wrong with asking the heavenly saints to pray for us. Many Protestants argue that asking the saints to pray for us is “unbiblical,” while throwing around verses like 1 Timothy 2:5. But they are incorrect. 1 Timothy 2:5 — […]

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Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

August 31, AD 2013 6 Comments
Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

In our media world children will almost certainly be exposed to images and material that can have a negative impact on their moral and psychological development. Exposure to pornography is one such concern that should be on every parent’s radar. First, some statistics about children and exposure to online pornography: 1. One study in the […]

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An Easy Essay

August 8, AD 2013 1 Comment
An Easy Essay

Peter Maurin believed in teaching ancient principles to the man on the street in the language of the man on the street. Peter Maurin believed that the man on the street could understand and believe in ancient principles if someone took the time to explain it to him in his own language. Peter Maurin believed […]

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Tradition before Scripture

August 4, AD 2013 3 Comments
Tradition before Scripture

[Author’s note: This is a post made originally on my blog that a number of people found useful. I’m still reading and studying for my follow-up piece on the “gay marriage” debate. I wanted to present this to the Ignitum Today readers precisely because of the backlash I got from a number of Protestants (outside […]

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Called to Love

October 10, AD 2012 12 Comments
Called to Love

There are a number of states where marriage is on the ballot this fall.  Some states seek to clarify the definition of marriage by adding the language that marriage is only to be legally valid between one man and one woman.  Other states are seeking to legalize gay marriage by popular vote, something which has […]

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