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Eighth Day Dawning

April began with Palm Sunday this year, and Easter Sunday falls on the eighth day. In so many ways, this brings us Christians back to our roots. The early Church Fathers marked every Sunday as the “eighth day.” Creation was complete in six days, and God rested on the Sabbath—but at the Resurrection He began something new The first-century Epistle of Barnabas presents the matter in a prophetic oracle. With the Sabbath — with Saturday — the epistle tells us, God “set all things at rest.” With the new dawn, however, he will “usher in the Eighth Day, the beginning ...
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Genesis on Gender and Marriage

Genesis on Gender and the Covenant of Marriage

By John and Claire Grabowski Meditations The opening chapters of Genesis are foundational for Jews and Christians. They give us a basic understanding of God, the world, ourselves, and the nature of our relationship to Him. The creation of human beings, male and female, is central to these chapters. In ... Read More
Theology of the Body: Beyond the Bedroom

Theology of the Body Beyond the Bedroom

Right now, a good many minds are at work fleshing out the theology of the body’s theological and philosophical subtleties: how it builds on Karol Wojtyla’s earlier scholarship, how it responds to Scheler, how Garrigou-Lagrange’s influence runs through it. That’s good ... Read More

The First Society

The idea of the atom—an indivisible, discrete unit of matter—was postulated as far back as the ancient world. Scientists only discovered real evidence for the theory in the early nineteenth century, and for the better part of one hundred years they supposed atoms were the smallest particles in the universe ... Read More

A Model of Devotion, a Model for the Priesthood

We have already seen the breadth of the Universal Doctor’s intellect, his profound humility, and his devotion to prayer. All of these virtues combine into what Pope Pius XI, and many other popes, consider to be one of the greatest theologians of all time. In his 1923 encyclical Studiorum Ducem, ... Read More

John’s Revelation: Toward the Everlasting City

In the Book of Revelation, John’s spectacular visions of renewal can provide joyful reassurance in times of crisis and upheaval. But neither does he lack any of the somber realism of Isaiah’s watchman who reminds us that “morning comes, and also the night” (Is 21:12) ... Read More

A Priest’s Reflection on Sacred Architecture

Line, leading to a focal point, in sacred architecture provides one with the capacity upon entering a church to feel drawn by the walls to the sanctuary ... Read More

What Makes a Great Theologian?

“Most philosophers as a rule are eager to establish their own reputations, but Thomas strove to efface himself completely in the teaching of his philosophy so that the light of heavenly truth might shine with its own effulgence.” —Pope Pius XI, Studiorum Ducem St. Thomas Aquinas is known most for his intellect ... Read More

Why Jesus Wants You to Hug Trees

By Benjamin Wiker A View On High by Nopparat Thanatawan “The relationship between individuals or the community and the environment ultimately stems from their relationship with God.” —Pope Benedict XVI A less provocative title might have been, “Why Catholics Need to Be at the Forefront of the Environmental Movement,” but ... Read More

The Difference Between Prayer and the Spiritual Life

The terms “prayer” and “spiritual life” refer to subtly different things but they are inclusive of one another and mutually dependent. Where you are in your spiritual life will impact your prayer. Correspondingly, one is dependent upon prayer to maintain and advance in one’s spiritual union with God ... Read More

The Relationship Between Grace, the Intellect, and the Will

Although now known as one of the Church's wisest theologians, to his fellow seminarians, Thomas Aquinas was the "Dumb Ox." And, despite his incredible intellect, Aquinas allowed his classmates to believe he was as unintelligent as he seemed ... Read More