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    Our Lord never despised the rich. Throughout his life, he moved among different classes of people with authority and ease. He converses with poor fishermen, but also with the scholars in the temple. He heals blind beggars, but also responds…

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    St. Thomas of Napa Valley

    by Donald DeMarco

    The Sebastiani family has been making and selling wine in California for more than one hundred years. One of its Napa Valley wines bears the intriguing label, “Aquinas,” in honor of the Catholic Church’s greatest philosopher/theologian. The choice of this label…

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    When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

    by Bernadette O'Brien

    Just as Mr. Darcy’s aunt, the overbearing Lady Catherine De Bourgh, held that if she’d ever been taught music she would have been a great proficient, I’ve sometimes had the chumpaciousness to think that if I’d ever learned to draw…

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    Episcopal Attacks on Orthodox Catholic Blogs

    by Dr. William Oddie

    Not for the first time in his own indispensable blog, Protect the Pope, Deacon Nick has drawn our attention to another attack on Catholic blogs, coming from a familiar prelatical source. In a homily given during the Diocese of Westminster’s…

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    The Linchpin of High Scholasticism: Hugh of St. Cher

    by Donald S. Prudlo

    Humans are given to easy answers, especially when confronted with the dizzying intricacy of the world we inhabit.  It is far simpler to attempt to account for complex causes with simple explanations, or to distill sophisticated historical and theological arguments…

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    The Role of Philosophy in the New Evangelization

    by Brian Jones

    I recently had a brief conversation with a former colleague of mine who is Catholic, and who wanted to inquire about certain aspects of the faith that she was struggling with. She mentioned to me that, while she goes to…

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    “Go Read Your Thomas”

    by Brian Jones

    Last year, Christopher Kaczor, professor of philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, edited a magnificent book entitled O Rare Ralph McInerny: Stories and Reflections on a Legendary Notre Dame Professor. The book is a collection of essays written by former friends,…

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    On Cultivating the Catholic Mind

    by Brian Jones

    Blogging is not typically a sphere of life that I prefer to tread into. More often than not, it seems that blogs have become merely an outlet for those who neither want nor seek genuine and fruitful intellectual discussion. This…

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    What St. Paul Really Meant by Female “Subordination”

    by Howard Kainz

    The Second Reading for Sunday, August 26, is from St. Paul (Ephesians 5:21-32), in which Paul offers the instruction in 5:22, “Wives should be subordinate to their husbands, as to the Lord.” Following this Epistle, an optional alternative “shorter” epistle…

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    Will Pro-Choicers “Do a 180” Thanks to this Video?

    by Stephen Herreid

    When Ray Comfort comes forward with a documentary against abortion, he must be commended by his fellows in arms against the killing of children in the womb. He has done a service in the fight against the worst evil that…

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    Why Bother Going to College?

    by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

    In his famous introductory chapter to A Guide for the Perplexed, the economist E. F. Schumacher talked of his “perplexity” at going to Oxford, perhaps the most famous university in the world. The title of Schumacher’s book was the same…

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    Exploring the Supernatural

    by Thaddeus J. Kozinski

    Things in Heaven and Earth: Exploring the Supernatural, Harold Fickett, ed., Paraclete, 1998, 230 pages, $14.   We are now living through a third Great Awakening. It is, of course, a far cry from anything Jonathan Edwards could have imagined….

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    Is the Only Good Muslim a Bad Muslim?

    by John Zmirak

    Last week I was privileged to moderate a debate between two of the best writers on religion in the English-speaking world, Boston College philosopher Peter Kreeft and Jihadwatch director Robert Spencer. How was I able to land two eminent speakers…

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    The Spirituality of St. Thomas Aquinas

    by Rev. Romanus Cessario, O.P.

    The Dominican theologian Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) holds a central place in the tradition of Roman Catholic intellectual and spiritual life. The matrix of Aquinas’s own mystical experiences was the thirty-some years of Dominican ministry and community life that this…

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    The Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas

    by Deal W. Hudson

    Yesterday was the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose name I took on the day I was received into the Catholic Church almost 26 years ago.   It’s hard for me to speak of the Angelic Doctor without gushing…

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    In Praise of Credulity

    by Mark P. Shea

    St. Thomas Aquinas was once tricked by his fellow students who cried out, “Look! A flying ox!” Thomas dutifully went to the window to look, and his peers all laughed at him heartily. Thomas’s reply (and one of the many…

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    The Few, the Proud, the Damned

    by John Zmirak

    One way I teach my students to work with language is by showing them how to play with it — just as a psych professor teaches future therapists and ex-wives how to play with people’s minds. Sometimes I combine the…

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    Miracles

    by David Warren

    Faith, Hope, and Charity are what the Church teaches, urbi et orbi, from day to day to cities and worlds embittering themselves by their attempts to deny Christ. But what first attracted me to Catholic teaching, from far off when…

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    Starting Over: Catholic Higher Education Flourishes in California

    by Ralph McInerny

    Now that the Department of Education suggests we go to school to the Japanese for light on teaching and learning there is no longer any doubt that this country is in steep decline. Because Americans could no longer make cars,…

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