Category: Symposiums

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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Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Three

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Three

[ 2 ] February 12, AD 2014 |

When then Cardinal Wojtyla arrived at the Second Vatican Council, he had one question. What happened? Up until the 20th century, mankind was trekking along pretty OK. Yes, there were hardships, yes there was fighting, but in general mankind was doing OK… at least in terms of 100 year increments. Then something happened. Something in […]

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Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Two

Understanding the Dark Side of the Moon: Part Two

[ 4 ] January 29, AD 2014 |

To pro-“choicers,” they really are more pro-child than pro-lifers. Why? Because pro-“choicers” don’t believe that a child should be forced upon a mother who doesn’t want him.

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Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

[ 1 ] January 24, AD 2014 |

In a similar vein to my post about Duck Dynasty and A&E’s clear message to Christians, I wanted to recall attention to this article posted on Salon, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” and examine the 2014 attitude towards abortion from those who defend it. The piece is just about a year old now, but […]

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If You Let Them, They Will Build

If You Let Them, They Will Build

[ 0 ] January 20, AD 2014 |

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?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 4 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

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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Can You Be Catholic and Feminist?

Can You Be Catholic and Feminist?

[ 57 ] January 7, AD 2014 |

About a week ago, I saw an article pop up here on Ignitum Today called Roots, Fruits, and Feminism. I eagerly clicked on the link, wondering what new light it could shed on feminism. (I’ll be honest, I love me some old-fashioned feminist rants!) Then I realised, oh dear me, this wasn’t any old article about Feminism. Oh no. This one […]

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Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

Simon Says & Christ’s Supper

[ 1 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

“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

Distance Learning with Holy Apostles College and Seminary

[ 0 ] January 6, AD 2014 |

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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Why I Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

Why I Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

[ 12 ] January 3, AD 2014 |

I recently read an article on Huffington Post entitled “Why I Can’t Say ‘Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin’ Anymore.” The author, Micah Murray, is obviously a very caring individual, and I understand where he is coming from. He hates the idea that we would see gays – or anyone – as someone substandard, someone who is “other” […]

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