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Matt Fradd, How to Be Happy, sorrow and anxiety

Aquinas’ Advice for Sorrow and Anxiety

No matter how good we have it, no matter how wealthy we are, or how many good friends we have, or even how holy we are, all of us will experience sorrow in this life. A couple of years into my marriage when my wife, newborn child, and I were living in Ireland, I experienced a great deal of sorrow. I was never diagnosed as having depression, but the symptoms were similar to what other depressed people experience. 

Emily Stimpson Chapman, Letters to Myself

Focus on the Duty of the Moment

At the end of our days, the Catholic Church teaches that every human person must reckon with the same realities. She calls these the “Four Last Things”: Death, Judgement, Heaven, and Hell. We all will die. We all will meet Christ the Judge. And we all will enter into the eternity which we freely chose through our actions in the world. 

Andrew Willard Jones, The Two Cities, digital revolution

The Gods of the Digital Revolution Won’t Share Space with Followers of the Lord God

What Christians are currently witnessing is that the gods of burgeoning postmodernity are not, in the end, interested in sharing space with the Lord God. Even if Christians are willing to leave these gods alone, the gods themselves have no intention of leaving Christians alone. Pagans sooner or later realize that Christianity cannot really be just another cult, that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob can never really be just another god in their pantheon. Pagans recognize— often, it seems, before Christians themselves—that true Christianity just can’t fit in.  

crisis of friendship, loneliness, mike aquilina, fathers of the church

A Crisis of Friendship

Sociologists at the University of Arizona and Duke University conducted a longitudinal study on social isolation from 1985 to 2005. In 1985 they found that most Americans could name three people they considered very close friends and confidants. By 2005, however, one in four Americans reported having no close friends—no one in whom they could discuss their thoughts or struggles. The number of the self-identified friendless had doubled in twenty years. 

Emily Stimpson Chapman, Letters to Myself

How Do We Love Our Enemies?

How can you bring yourself to love your enemies? That’s what you’re wondering, right? How can you want to love someone who doesn’t love you? Who, in fact, hates you? Who wants to hurt you or oppress you or destroy you? Or who wants to hurt, oppress, or destroy others? The easy answer is grace.

decline and fall of sacred scripture, Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker

Don’t Fall for Politicizing the Bible

Why should anyone worry about the history of Scripture scholarship, especially reaching all the way back to the early fourteenth century?  

The simple answer is that our peculiar situation today—in which priests, preachers, and people in the pews study the Bible as the inspired Word of God and academic Scripture scholars in universities study the Bible as an ancient book of mythology—is the result of the history of Scripture scholarship. We are searching for the reasons for this Great Divide, and that means searching for its ultimate origins.