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A Better Concept of Freedom - George Weigel

On October 31, 1958, Isaiah Berlin gave his inaugural lecture as Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory at Oxford. Entitled 'Two Concepts of Liberty," it was, according to Michael Ignatieff, Berlin's authorized biographer, "the most influential lecture he ever delivered."  Read more...

A Brief Lexicon of Some Commonly Used Philosophical Terms - F.F. Centore

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A Close Encounter With the Angel of Death - Peter Kreeft

Because "he jests at scars who never felt a wound," and because the dimension of personal experience might be thought to be conspicuous by its absence, I include here after much hesitation these candid excerpts from my personal diary written in the hospital where my wife and I suddenly found ourselves confronting a brain tumor in our five-year-old daughter. This excerpt, taken from my book Love is Stronger Than Death, was written before this "close encounter," not as a result of it. I include it simply as my other half: the book is my mind, this is my guts.  Read more...

A Lifetime of Learning - George Weigel

Pope Benedict becomes the teacher he always wanted to be.  Read more...

A Liturgical Potpouri - Fr. William Saunders

The following are several short and sweet questions sent in since the beginning of the year. Most were inspired by the five-week catechesis on the Mass given by the parish priests this past fall.   Read more...

A Man Like No Other - Anthony Esolen

The Lord is unique.  Read more...

A Manna for All Seasons - Anthony Esolen

The Sabbath challenge to the petty gods of profit.  Read more...

A Meditation on Evil - James V. Schall, S.J.

The meditation on evil is not itself morbid or somber, though evil itself is. Socrates said in The Republic that virtue can know vice but vice cannot know evil. The penalty for vice is the vice itself, the not seeing the good in its fullness, the good that ought to be there.   Read more...

A new birth - Father George W. Rutler

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit unites our pasts and futures with Christ who is the Beginning and the End.   Read more...

A new birth - Father George W. Rutler

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit unites our pasts and futures with Christ who is the Beginning and the End.   Read more...

A papal canonization doubleheader - George Weigel

The announcement that Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II will be canonized together on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2014 predictably caused some unhappiness in some quarters.   Read more...

A Photograph of Jesus - JEFFREY HART

The Shroud of Turin is generally thought to be a remarkable medieval artifact. But not so fast.  Read more...

A Prescription for Anglo-Catholic Success - Father Dwight Longenecker

A Catholic bishop asked me some time ago what qualities I would look for in an applicant for ordination who was a convert.   Read more...

A Priest of God Most High - Fr. William Saunders

Who was Melchizedek? I hear his name mentioned in the Eucharistic prayer at Mass.  Read more...

A River Runs to It: A New Exodus of Protestants Streams to Rome - BRAD WILCOX

We’re seeing the first signs of an avalanche of conversions and reconversions. In 1998, more than 88,000 Protestants were received into the Catholic Church (and more than 73,000 adults were baptized, many of them from Protestant backgrounds) and the Protestants [now] coming into the Church are the most devoted Protestants, people deeply committed to Scripture and prayer. What accounts for this Protestant exodus at the twilight of the 20th century?  Read more...

A Time to Appraise Religious Texts: Catechesis and Education - Michael O'Brien

Michael O’Brien has a reputation for boldly and cogently cutting through Catholic controversy with a clear and common sense application of orthodox principles. This article, written in 1993, analyzed a number of very weak catechetical programs being used in the U.K. at that time. The principles O’Brien articulates are so well developed we thought this article would be helpful beyond the particular controversy then raging. The program “Weaving the Web” has since been dropped for a much more solid program which is at this time also being developed for use at the primary level.  Read more...

Accuracy and the Holy Spirit - Father George W. Rutler

This past week I remembered at the altar my maternal grandmother on what would have been her one hundred and twenty-eighth birthday.   Read more...

Acting Niggardly - DONALD DEMARCO

The “right to be offended,” at virtually any time and under nearly any set of circumstances, is considered to be one of the more sacrosanct contributions of political correctness. What stern judgment should we impose then, on the poor, unenlightened soul who washes his floor with Spic and Span, paints his walls with Day-Glo, serves sauerkraut, Swedish meatballs, and Aunt Jemima pancakes to his guests whose necks have been reddened by exposure to the summer sun?  Read more...

Activities for Lent - COLEEN ROONEY

Pope Paul VI in 1969 reminded us in his introduction to the revised liturgical calendar that the season of Lent/Easter is a special time of the year and exerts much influence upon us which can lead to a deepening of our faith if we make use of it. The following are some activities that you may find helpful as you participative with your family (especially with young children) in observing these special 40 days.  Read more...

Address to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Pope Benedict XVI

Dear Brother Bishops: It gives me great joy to greet you today, at the start of my visit to this country, and I thank Cardinal George for the gracious words he has addressed to me on your behalf.  Read more...

Adore God, and Him Alone - Father Kenneth Baker, S.J.

Only God may be adored, since he alone is the Supreme Being, source of all that is.   Read more...

Advent Dynamism - Fr. Roger Landry

Happy New Year! This week the Church, indeed, inaugurates a new year dedicated to our reliving in time the central mysteries of the life of Christ. Christ is the “the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rv 22:13), and the Church has us begin each year focusing both on the end and on the beginning so that we might better live the present.  Read more...

Advent Dynamism - Rev. Roger J. Landry

Happy New Year! I say it again: Happy New Year! Sometimes Catholics find it a little strange that in the Church, New Year’s Day is today, rather than about a month from now.  Read more...

Alien Ideas Christianity and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life - Benjamin D. Wiker

We tend to consider speculation about extraterrestrials to be a recent phenomenon, a task forced on us by the scientific knowledge we’ve gained during the last century. It’s rather surprising, perhaps, to find out that the debate about whether there is extraterrestrial life stretches back just shy of two and a half millennia.  Read more...

All Saints and All Souls - Fr. William Saunders

What are the origins of All Saints and All Souls Day. Are these linked with paganism and Halloween?  Read more...


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