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When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

July 16, 2017 1 Comment
When Theology Must Fall Silent: A Reflection on a Teaching from St. Bonaventure

Saints often say daring and even “dangerous” things. They are able to do this because their listeners and readers take for granted their orthodoxy and holiness. As a result, they are able to use hyperbole or speak with bold flourishes that a lesser person would be unable to carry off. Consider, for example, that St. […]

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Words Fall Short: A meditation on the limits of human language and thought

September 2, 2013 13 Comments
Words Fall Short: A meditation on the limits of human language and thought

It happens, quite often, that our strengths are very closely related to our struggles.  And one of our strengths, clearly, is our capacity to speak and to write, to use words to symbolize reality, and thereby convey thoughts. So also our ability to think, to abstract and conceptualize, and interpret reality. I of course am […]

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Does God Harden Human Hearts?

August 27, 2013 26 Comments
Does God Harden Human Hearts?

One of the more difficult Biblical themes to understand is the concept of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain human beings. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh wherein, before sending Moses to him God said he would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). But there are other instances where biblical texts speak […]

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Hidden Jewel: An Advent Hymn Often Unheard

November 26, 2010 2 Comments

I have published on this Hymn before but want to post on it again at the beginning of Advent in hopes that a few of you who have the influence and ability may see that this hymn in used in your parishes for Advent at some point. For my money the best Advent hymn ever written […]

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How about a Little Humility

August 1, 2010 13 Comments

When I was a little kid the science books said that the universe was in a steady state and had existed forever. There were some theories about the universe actually expanding but these were not accepted by most who declared the steady state universe to be a matter of “settled” science. Though evidence had been […]

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What is Distinctive About the Biblical Revelation of God?

April 19, 2009 1 Comment

There is much talk today about how we, despite our theological differences are all really worshipping the same God. Is that true? We might like to think that under all this diversity is really a unity but the fact is that there are some pretty radical differences in the understanding of God. So radical that […]

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