Truth

Grace, Beauty, Goodness, Truth, and Good Ol’ Charlie Brown

But why is [A Charlie Brown Christmas] still going strong after almost half a century? Revolutionary animation? The brilliance of its jazz soundtrack? An adorable beagle who sleeps on top of his house? Nope, nope and nope..though Snoopy is pretty cool. What keeps A Charlie Brown Christmas on the air year after year is because […]

Belief, Insight, and the Truth-Telling Thing

The Catholic life sometimes runs: Insight first, then belief. You see a truth and then happily find the Church teaches it. But it often runs: Belief first, then insight. We don’t get very far in the Catholic life without the second. We find, as we grow in our faith, that the belief points us and […]

The Vine and the Trellis

I understand the need for the “encounter with Christ” as opposed to a faith that is merely propositional, but I also believe that without a clear affirmation of the propositions of our faith, the “encounter with Christ” becomes no more than a subjective religious experience. Both are needed, and an analogy I have often used […]

Einstein’s Relativity Theory and Moral Relativism

Einstein’s relativity theory properly concerns the physical cosmos. But it seems to me to describe exactly the situation of the intellectual and spiritual world of our time. Relativity theory states that there are no fixed systems of reference  in the universe. When we declare a system to be a reference point from which we try […]

Happiness, the Prosperity Gospel, and…

the Part at the End (which I’ve highlighted in red) That I Think Alludes to Why Only Practicing Catholics Who Are in a State of Grace Should Receive the Eucharist It’s better to yearn for Christ without knowing that He is the one for which you yearn than to feel no yearning for Christ because […]

Suffering from Tolerance

America, it is said, is suffering from intolerance. It is not. It is suffering from tolerance: tolerance of right and wrong, truth and error, virtue and evil, Christ and chaos. Our country is not nearly so much overrun with the bigoted as it is overrun with the broad-minded. The man who can make up his […]

John 8:31-32

As in the order of mechanics, a man is most free to run a machine when he know the truth about it, so spiritually a man is most free whose mind is illumined by Him Who said, “I am the Truth.” —from Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen, Ch. 24 Caesar or God