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Spiritual But Not Religious?

Spiritual But Not Religious?

How spirituality devoid of the Christian religion is not in conformity with God’s plan; therefore, the “spiritual but not religious” approach is not the method God himself has instituted in order to guide humankind into Trinitarian communion.

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A Christmas Reflection on Trust In Providence

A Christmas Reflection on Trust In Providence

We often set off on an unceasing quest to distance ourselves from every anxiety, and thus begin to live in such a way as to constantly seek change for “the better”. There is a self-inflicted stress in such a life; a nervous movement toward some savored goal which . . .

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Christology and Christmas

Christology and Christmas

Today, Christians often take the meaning of Christmas for granted. Unfortunately, the wonder and magnificence of the Incarnation and the subsequent birth of the humble little Christ Child, including study and reflection on these singularly unique and pivotal events in human history, are often displaced by other concerns. Often unrecognized or forgotten is the struggle, the bloodshed, and the extreme labor of the Church over the centuries to guard and transmit the truth of Jesus of Nazareth in its full purity to the entire world.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

The theological virtue of hope, itself a gift from God, is integral to a fruitful Advent which entails looking forward in fervent expectation of the arrival of the Christ Child, who himself is the fulfillment of every human hope.

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Becoming an Anti-Relativist

Becoming an Anti-Relativist

In the previous essay, I noted how one aspect found in those who embrace relativism is a propensity to project the wishes and desires of their individual ego onto God. This is often manifested by shaping God into a kind of permissive, “Divine Grandfather of Love,” who is himself a relativist.

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The Ego-Project God

The Ego-Project God

A common issue in today’s society is the tendency to project one’s wishes and desires onto an imagined God, which I term “The Ego-Project God.” Everyone who engages in this project is entirely at home with the “god-of-his-own-making.” It seems the comfortable place to be–but it won’t last. At the root of this problem is moral relativism

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The Election Is Over, But Moral Principles Remain A Priority

The Election Is Over, But Moral Principles Remain A Priority

The human person, as a moral agent, helps to positively determine the character of the nation in which he lives by participating responsibly and in a morally coherent way in the election process. At stake in every election is whether a nation will be characterized by the culture of death, becoming hostile to life and human dignity and authentic goodness, or by the culture of life in support of human dignity, fostering authentic goodness and true human flourishing.

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President Elect Donald Trump

President Elect Donald Trump

Let us pray for our nation and for our new commander in chief, President Donald Trump, that during his period of leadership he will work to restore some of what has been lost in America due to the blatant and direct hostility shown by the previous administration, associated politicians, and the Clinton network toward human life, unborn children in the womb, the right to religious freedom, and the Catholic Church herself.

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All Saints: Why are the saints important in our everyday lives?

All Saints: Why are the saints important in our everyday lives?

The saints are models of human excellence, perfected by the life of Christ and the communication of his Spirit. They demonstrate by their lives how to really live and how to really die. They consistently point to the horizon of love which leads to the fulfillment of all human desire: eternal communion with the Holy Trinity. By our devotion to our heavenly brothers and sisters who have gone before us in Christ, and by their prayers of intercession, fraternal charity is exercised which contributes to the unity of the Church and aids us on our pilgrim journey.

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St. Ignatius of Antioch Teaches Us the Goal of Human Life is God

St. Ignatius of Antioch Teaches Us the Goal of Human Life is God

The life and teaching of St. Ignatius clearly points to the sublime and lofty goal of human nature: eternal communion with God. Man is made for something—Someone—infinitely greater and higher than creatures or created things. The thirsty human heart can only be satisfied by Christ who is himself the life and light of humanity (Jn. 1:4). Further, since we find our origin in God, our end and perfect happiness is found in God alone. As man attains his destiny in God, whose perfection of goodness, love and beauty is the desire of his heart, the fulness of human life is thus also attained.

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