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Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

August 13, 2018 0 Comments
Here’s What Grows in King Jesus’ Garden

Flowers, besides being beautiful, have often been used in Christian tradition to signify virtues and remind us of the saints. For example, consider this brief meditation of St. Augustine on the virtues related to our state in life: I tell you again and again, my brethren, that in the Lord’s garden are to be found […]

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An Important Question for the Secular World: Why?

July 31, 2018 3 Comments
An Important Question for the Secular World: Why?

One of the more common misunderstandings of the modern age—we might even call it a delusion— is confusing explanation with meaning. Using the scientific method and other empirical techniques, we have been able to explain many of the processes and mechanics of the natural world. To give explanation, however, is not the same as to […]

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Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique

July 12, 2018 17 Comments
Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique

A new study has been issued from Oxford University that casts doubt on the notion that there is “intelligent” life in abundance elsewhere in the universe. More on that study in a moment. Meanwhile, I have written from time to time on the question of whether there is other intelligent life in the universe. As […]

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On the Cosmology of Fireworks

July 5, 2018 1 Comment
On the Cosmology of Fireworks

One of the great paradoxes of creation and our existence in God’s world is that many blessings are unlocked by explosive, even violent, forces. The cosmos itself is hurtling outward in a massive explosion. Here we are, living part way through that explosion. When I consider the fireworks on the Fourth of July, I often […]

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If You Think You’re in a Hurry, You Have No Idea How Fast You’re Really Getting There

June 5, 2018 3 Comments
If You Think You’re in a Hurry, You Have No Idea How Fast You’re Really Getting There

Have you been feeling a little rushed lately? Well, you might be surprised to find out how fast you’re actually moving even when you think you’re “standing still.” Earth, at the latitude of Washington, D.C., is spinning at a rate of about 750 miles per hour [1]. At the same time, the spinning Earth is rotating […]

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Why is a Psalm About Creation Proclaimed on the Feast of the Apostles?

May 3, 2018 0 Comments
Why is a Psalm About Creation Proclaimed on the Feast of the Apostles?

Thursday’s feast of Saints Philip and James, like that for almost all the apostles, contains passages from Psalm 19. This has always intrigued me because this psalm is not a reference to human preaching or witness at all, but rather a reference to the wordless witness of creation. The heavens declare the glory of God, […]

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Of Mice and Men – Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science

May 2, 2018 6 Comments
Of Mice and Men – Pondering the Strange Loss of Faith in an Age of Science

One of the more perplexing claims of the growing number of agnostics and atheists among us is that there is no evidence of an intelligent creator of the universe. Clearly, the created universe manifests intelligibility and order from the farthest reaches of outer space down to our small planet and further down into the “inner […]

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Two Questions on Creation

April 12, 2018 11 Comments
Two Questions on Creation

As most of you know, I write a “question and answer” type column for Our Sunday Visitor. (For those interested, back issues of my column are available here: Msgr. Pope at Our Sunday Visitor.) I recently received these two questions on creation: Q: I wonder if God has not finished creating the world, that we […]

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