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Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings

October 9, 2017 1 Comment
Something We Can Learn About Ourselves After the Las Vegas Shootings

The recent shootings in Las Vegas have caused agony to many. May the dead rest in peace, the injured be healed, and families be consoled in their losses! Another lesser, but clearly expressed “agony” is apparent in the questions it raises: Why did he do it? Why did the shooter (I intentionally do not mention […]

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What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions

November 10, 2015 11 Comments
What are Beauty and Peace? The Ancient Philosophers Had Simple, Objective Definitions

Every now and then we all run across a description or definition of something that captures its truth, yet at the same time respects its mystery. For indeed mere words can ever really be, or take the place of, the thing or person they describe. The reality is always richer than the descriptions we attempt […]

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Why? A Simple question often overlooked or suppressed today. But we who believe must keep asking it of a secular world.

August 1, 2013 30 Comments
Why? A Simple question often overlooked or suppressed today. But we who believe must keep asking it of a secular world.

One of the more common misunderstandings of the modern age, we might even call it a delusion, is to confuse explanation with meaning. Through scientific method and other empirical ways of studying, we have gotten very good at explaining many of the processes and mechanics of the natural world. But to give explanation, is not […]

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Fr. Barron on PBS Ban of Religion

July 9, 2009 3 Comments

I remember back in seminary my Philosophy teacher said, “You can’t avoid having a philosophy. Even if you say you don’t have a philosophy, that is, in fact, a philosophy.” I think the same is true of religion. Those who claim to have no religion are in fact taking a religious position. To deny God […]

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What is Natural Law?

June 21, 2009 2 Comments

Many of the modern moral debates stem not only from a rejection of Scriptural teaching but also from a rejection of the natural law. But many today are not even sure what is meant by the phrase “Natural Law.” I hope to give a brief, not too philosophical answer to this question. We live in […]

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