Getting to the Heart of Lent

I’ve been seeing Lent as a kind of celebration this year. Instead of looking at it as a time of deprivation and gloominess, I’m focusing on the fact that setting aside certain things has made room for other things that actually bring me joy. A renewed schedule for morning prayer and an evening...

John Duns Scotus: His View of Christ, Part Two

I would like to add a few thoughts to the blog I wrote last month regarding John Duns Scotus’ teaching that Christ is the final goal of creation. Indeed, Christ provides the pattern and model for the whole of creation. The Letters of St. Paul, moreover, speak about Christ’s primacyin these matters.In his...

Psalm 18: Royal Thanksgiving for Victory

A marvelous beginning: “I love….” Only one other psalm begins with these words—Psalm 116. They bespeak an open heart, a joyful appreciation of God’s goodness. They are the main reason I was first attracted to this psalm. I have since found many more attractive traits. Three levels I find in...

The $23.50 Baby

When did fertility become a disease, something so terrible that it must be controlled—and the methods for doing so provided for free to every woman in the US? While many Catholics struggle with the Church being in our bedrooms, now we have the government in there with us, too. Something is wrong...

Looking for Lent in All the Wrong Places

Lent scares the daylights out of me. Every year I spend weeks trying to think of The Thing To Give Up or The Thing I Will Start Doing, wringing my hands all the while. In recent years, in fact, I’ve looked up and realized three to four days have passed and I still haven’t done (or not done)...

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