Monthly Archives: April 2016

Faith & Reliance: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XXIV

Dante’s Paradiso Canto 24 lines 83-85 ….You have assayed this coinage, its weight and metal content, accurately; now tell me if you have it in your (purse) possession. Dante is being interrogated by St. Peter on the topic of faith. … Continue reading

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Destiny…Man’s and God’s Kingdom

Where others saw only superficial politics, Bernanos saw man’s eternal destiny and, indeed, the destiny of God’s Kingdom at stake. Just as an individual sins, plunges into the abyss, undergoes conversion, and confesses his wrongdoing, so too a country in … Continue reading

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Our hidden faults…

The great misfortune is that the justice of men always comes too late. It represses or stigmatizes certain acts, without ever tracing these either higher or farther back than the person who has committed them. But our hidden faults poison … Continue reading

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The Good Shepherd

The fourth Sunday of Easter is designated Good Shepherd Sunday and the readings reflect this theme. This past Sunday at Mass I was reminded of a short book, a pamphlet really, that I was given many years ago by a … Continue reading

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“Joy is in the gift of the Church”

The shabbiest tuppeny doll will rejoice a baby’s heart for half the year, but your mature gentleman’ll go yawning his head off at a five-hundred franc gadget. And why? Because he has lost the soul of childhood. Well, God has … Continue reading

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Dialogue

Let’s be honest: Crusaders for doctor-assisted suicide and gay rights are not interested in dialogue. Secular progressives demand unconditional surrender. ‘Dialogue’ has become one of their many tactics for neutralizing opposition. “In my years as a theology professor, as a … Continue reading

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A view of multiculturalism from 1925

The theory was that a Christian and a Mahometan might learn the same lessons in the same class, on ninety-nine subjects out of a hundred, so long as nobody mentioned Mahomet or mentioned Christ, It seems strange that nobody noticed … Continue reading

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Pointing Beyond…

Christ’s Cross is indeed not one historical fact among others to which a natural process can more or less arbitrarily be related: it is the fundamental, ontological presupposition of all natural processes that all, knowingly or not, intrinsically signify or … Continue reading

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Doctrines and Mysteries: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XIX

  Dante may have said to himself, “If ever I have an opportunity I’m going to ask about the justice of damning those pagans who have never had chance to know about salvation.”

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Orthodoxy and Heresy: Dante’s Paradiso Canto XI

  St. Dominic and St. Francis, wisdom and love, judgement and non-judgment.   Last and most important, it is exactly this which explains what is so inexplicable to all the modern critics of the history of Christianity. I mean the … Continue reading

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