Theology of the Body for Toddlers and the Bible as Beautiful

01/24/2015 Comments (14)

Leave it to the Daughter of St. Paul…when I first heard about their “TOB for Tots” books, I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical.

I mean, REALLY? Can this be possible?

As it turns out, yes.

I’ve read John Paul II’s Theology of the Body twice. I’ve studied commentaries on it and I’ve resolved that someday, in a different season of my life, I shall attend one of those institutes on it.

I’ve watched it become popular and even become a bit of a buzzword in some Catholic circles in the decade-plus since I’ve been Catholic. I’ve tried to explain it and, even more importantly, to internalize and live what it teaches.

There have been a number of resources for teens and even pre-teens that I’ve seen....READ MORE

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St. Paul and the Liar’s Paradox

01/24/2015 Comments (4)

Should people disrespect St. Paul about the Liar's Paradox or are they fundamentally misinterpreting what he said?

Back when I was a philosophy student, I had a fondness for logical paradoxes.

One of the most famous is the Liar’s Paradox, which takes different forms, like:

  • I am lying.
  • This sentence is false.

This paradox is particularly useful for talking androids to death in the Star Trek universe, though it has less immediate practical value in our own.

It’s a fun paradox, but I get tired of people dissing St. Paul over it.

Let’s talk about that . . .

 

People diss St. Paul over it?

Yeah. You see, sometimes people say that one version of the paradox is called the Epimenides Paradox, after a guy who lived around 600 B.C.

St. Paul quotes him, and some commentators claim that St. Paul didn’t...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Family Mustn't Be Used for Ideological Battles

01/23/2015 Comments (3)

The family is not a subject of debate or a terrain for ideological skirmishes, but rather an environment in which we learn to communicate, Pope Francis has said in his message for World Day of Communications published Friday.

In the 49th message for the Day, which will be celebrated on March 17, the Pope stressed that it is in the context of the family that we first learn to communicate. It enables us to pray, to embrace and support one another, and reach beyond itself to help others to help build up the Church – the “family of families.”

The Pope, who chose the message's theme of the family in view of the continuing Synod on the Family process, said it is also a place where we “daily...READ MORE

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Register Radio - eMANgelization and Practical Theology

01/23/2015 Comment

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo talks with Matthew James Christoff, founder of the Catholic men's organization The New eMANgelization about challenges facing men and women to authentically live our their God-given masculinity and femininity. In the second part of the show, Dan Burke and Peter Kreeft discuss Kreeft's new book on St. Thomas Aquinas, Practical Theology.

Matthew Christoff on eMANgelization

Matthew James Christoff converted to Catholicism in 2006. He founded The New eMANgelization project in 2013 to develop a new ardor, method, and expression of evangelization of men. One way Matthew has done that is by engaging top Catholic thinkers on the causes and solution...READ MORE

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Brigid Loves Her Sister, Amy, and Asks Others to Welcome Children With Down Syndrome

01/23/2015 Comments (2)
Yesterday's March for LIfe in Washington and tomorrow's Walk for LIfe in San Francisco remind us that every life has equal dignity, and that unborn children with genetic disorders should be welcomed with love and acceptance.
I have known Patty Ann and Jim White and their four children since the mid-1990s, and have never failed to be inspired by their legacy of love, mutual respect and witness to life. The Whites' youngest daughter, Amy, has Down syndrome, and Amy's older sister, Brigid, has been her cloest friend and supporter.
Brigid is heading off the college next fall, and last week she gave an address at her school assembly that celebrated Amy's special gifts. Brigid urged her fellow...READ MORE

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#WhyWeMarch: Scenes from 2015’s National March for Life

01/23/2015 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — The national March for Life in D.C. is not only a pro-life story, but a Catholic story. Amid the hundreds of thousands of people who gathered in Washington to show their solidarity with the unborn child on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the vast presence and diversity of the Catholic Church could be seen.

Each one came with their own reason for why they marched, and they show a cross-section of the Church that is young, vital, and engaged with their faith and the Church’s teachings on life and human dignity.

Marchers could be seen streaming into Union Station on their way to the March’s rally at the Washington Mall, such as this group of Catholic families from Our...READ MORE

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Christ vs. the Power of Now

01/22/2015 Comments (12)

I have a lot of sympathy for New Age folks. Not sympathy with their ideas (if one can use such a strong word as “idea” for the quicksilver emotionalism and muddy mixture of suburban folk religion that is the New Age), but sympathy with the elemental movements of the heart that seem to animate much of the New Age. I myself was a pagan at one time. That is not to say I was a Wiccan, nor that I painted myself with woad and sat naked, pounding drums in some Men’s Circle. Rather, I was raised in the suburban garage band culture of Wayne’s World, darkening the door of a church perhaps five times in my life, unbaptized, clueless about the gospel, filled with superstitious fears...READ MORE

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Proven Way to End Abortion

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Can End Abortion

01/22/2015 Comments (8)
courtesy National Shrine of Divine Mercy/Marians

– courtesy National Shrine of Divine Mercy/Marians

The March for Life 2015 may be over, but keep praying to end abortion. One of the most powerful prayers is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

That is right from St. Maria Faustina’s experience and teaching.

It’s time to realize the circumstances for which St. Faustina received the chaplet and how they tie into our present day.

So remind Divine Mercy for America’s initiators and directors, Joan and Dave Maroney, remind us. They are the founders and directors of Mother of Mercy Messengers, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception based at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.

“Many are unaware that the Lord originally requested this prayer, in...READ MORE

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