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No longer strangers

This post is inspired by this and this. Jesus said that what is outside a man cannot make him impure or unclean. Instead, it is what comes out of a man — out of his heart — that makes him

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Posted in Charity, Veritatis Splendor, Western Civilization

The Decision is Void

Just so that we are all clear with respect to the SCOTUS ruling yesterday: the decision is contrary to reason, contrary to the laws of men throughout history, and contrary to the law of God. Consequently the decision is entirely

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Posted in America, Charity, Creation, Justice, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor, Western Civilization

Ideas have consequences

Where do our human rights come from? According to the Declaration of Independence, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these

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Posted in America, Rerum Novarum, Veritatis Splendor, Western Civilization

The Greatest of all Concerns

But let us remember, Philothea, so to pass our time of recreation that we may never lose sight of the greatest of all concerns–eternity. (St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life III.27) We can’t work all the time.

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Veritatis Splendor

Yes, we have no bananas

Nobody’s perfect. That includes ministers of the local ecclesial communities and Catholic parishes. Some folks would have us believe that it is intolerable for any cleric ever to sin, and that those ministers who habitually do wrong prove that Christianity

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Ecclesiology, Veritatis Splendor

Destination Unknown

There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark. (Tolkien) Sometimes we face difficulties or duties whose outcome we dread. I know what I should do, or even sometimes

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Posted in Books, Faith, Veritatis Splendor

Another Aristotle QOTD

Love for others comes of love for oneself. — Aristotle Yes, I know that I wrote about this not too long ago. But I just found this in my notes and I decided to repeat myself. At first blush this

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Posted in Aristotle, Charity, Faith Seeking Understanding, Natural Law, Veritatis Splendor

Hate your neighbor as yourself?

Self-hatred is not an option for the Christian. God says we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, which completely rules out hating yourself: you have to love your neighbor, so in the first place you must love yourself. In

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Catechism, Charity, Veritatis Splendor

Soap Opera

Some Protestants (notably the Reformed) say that no man does good: that even the seemingly good things done by Christians are tainted by selfishness or other stain, so that all we do is sin, sin, sin. This does not appear

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Obedience, Protestantism, Sin, Veritatis Splendor

Anger

I have a temper. Some folks are surprised by that, because they never see it. They never see it because I internalize my anger as a matter of course. Why? Because almost without fail I say or do things I

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Posted in Charity, Etc, Sin, Veritatis Splendor
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