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Nov. 21
2014
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Sometimes Taylor Swift makes it easy. ‘Shake It Off’ is an ethic.

 

The idea that we tell ourselves our own story is not new. Most people can generally get behind the idea that we need to extract meaning out of our lives, and that we do so by attaching meaning to certain events, trends, and decades to make some sense of them; we tell our story to ourselves. What Adriana Cavarero suggests is that we not only do this, but we depend on hearing our own stories from others. This is a dangerous tendency but it should make sense. No human being lives alone. Our identity is somewhat tied up to how other people see us as well as how they see the many events and fluctuations in our life which we don’t control...

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Nov. 20
2014
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I enjoy movies, especially ones that teach a lesson. Two of my favorite movies are Gattaca (1997) and The Island (2005). The reason I enjoy both of these movies is that they provide a strong commentary on the importance of human dignity. The setting for both films is a futuristic society, in which science has allowed human beings to be crafted in a way that all their imperfections are removed.   However, the genetic modification of people does not lead to a more perfect society; rather it creates a world in which human beings and human life are seen as  commodities. 

 

Gattaca features Ethan Hawke portraying a naturally-born (as opposed to a genetically...

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Tags: Bioethics, Carlos Boozer, Gattaca, In Vitro Fertilization, The Island
Nov. 18
2014
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Where is the Kingdom of God? Jesus teaches the Pharisees that the Kingdom of God cannot be located physically, nor is a single person the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is in us. But how can we tap this gift within us? How can we teach others to tap into this Kingdom as well? 

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Nov. 17
2014
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In a world darkened by sin, the Light of Christ shines brightest.

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Nov. 16
2014
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Christ Himself makes us worthy of His love. In accepting His love and His Heart, we cannot help but love and serve others. In doing so, He will lead us into His Heavenly Kingdom to dwell with Him in love and peace forever.

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Tags: charity, eucharist, love, sacred heart, St. Albert the Great, union
Nov. 13
2014
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Educated by the Daughters of the Sacred Heart in Arluno, Lombardy in the middle of the 19th Century, Frances Cabrini longed to live as a religious -- particularly in order to work in the missions. She would be told by the Daughters that her destiny lay elsewhere: the founding of her own congregation, so as to "bring new glory to the Heart of Jesus." In the interim, she was educated as a teacher and dedicated herself to works of charity wherever she was. Finally, in 1874 she was asked by her diocese to move to another town in order to take over a school, and she was to organize it as a religious institute. Taking this as her vocational cue, she and five other young women banded together as consecrated religious to pursue this new mission. It was then that Frances took "Xavier" as her...

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Nov. 11
2014
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In darkness and secure

By the secret ladder, disguised,

- Ah, the sheer grace! -

In darkness and concealment,

my house being now all stilled;

We know a lot about God, both through the natural faculty of reason that God gifts to humanity, and through Divine Revelation. However there is a vast difference between knowing about God, and knowing God. The content of theology allows us to know more about God, but all of this knowledge is pointless unless it leads us into deeper intimate communion with the One who himself is knowledge.

Saint John of the Cross, vis-à-vis Aristotle, offers us advice in this endeavor:

Let it be recalled that according to a philosophical axiom all means must...

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Nov. 09
2014
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Jesus Christ is surely our foundation, but we must be careful how we build on that. Are you creating a dwelling of the Holy Spirit or a fortress? Our interior life, as Christians, must reflect our longing and belonging. With the grace of God and the help of our brothers we can be temples of the Holy Spirit.

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Nov. 04
2014
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On January 21 of this year, Purdue University faced a tragedy on its campus--the violent murder of student Andrew Boldt by fellow student Cody Cousins. Just days ago, the wounds of this incident were reopened.

 

Having just begun a 65-year prison sentence for the murder, Cousins was found dead in his cell last week. Apparently he had committed suicide using a razor blade. This comes at the end of months of controversy in court as to the place of mental illness in the killing. Now there is nothing left but two tragic deaths.

 

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Nov. 03
2014
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Saint’s lives often become stories — vignettes describing charming and delightful episodes attesting to their sainthood.  This holds true for St. Martin de Porres.  St. Martin’s dealings with the rats of Holy Rosary Convent (also known as St. Dominic Convent) in Lima, Peru, are famous.  As are his stories of bi-location, he was seen all across Central America, Mexico, and even Japan!  Perhaps St. Martin is best known as a healer.  He was a barber, an herbalist/pharmacist, a minor surgeon, the convent’s infirmarian, the porter, and performed hundreds of menial tasks.  People, especially the poor, sought him out for his skills and his prayers, and St. Martin was more than willing to help.

 

St. Martin indeed was all of those things, and so much more.  He was a lay brother (...

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