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December 06, 2013
The joy of evangelizing
By Father Robert Barron

An emergency tends to focus one’s mind and energies and to clarify one’s priorities. If a dangerous fire breaks out in a home, the inhabitants thereof will lay aside their quarrels, postpone their other activities, and together get to the task of putting out the flames. If a nation is invaded by an aggressor, politicians will quickly forget their internal squabbling and put off their legislative programs in order to work together for the shared purpose of repulsing the...

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December 03, 2013
A touch of metaphysical humor
By Alice von Hildebrand

“Freedom of choice” has conquered the heart of modern man. To him it signifies liberation from all mediaeval taboos which, for centuries, have burdened men’s conscience and prevented them from growing wings.

One of its most eloquent advocates  is Nancy Pelosi whose philosophical formation being very – let us say, anemic – interprets it to mean that every woman has a right to either keep the child growing in her womb or eliminate this unwelcome guest.

When Adam and Eve chose to...

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November 20, 2013
C.S. Lewis and the art of evangelization
By Father Robert Barron

Two famous men died on November 22, 1963. The first did so in the most dramatic way possible, assassinated in the full glare of publicity on the streets of Dallas; the second in relative obscurity, in the upstairs bedroom of his simple home on the outskirts of Oxford, England. John F. Kennedy’s legacy has, of course, been enormous, but I wonder whether C.S. Lewis has actually, in the course of these past 50 years, had a greater impact on the culture than his counterpart. When he died...

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November 14, 2013
Our duty to evangelize
By Russell Shaw

The bible study group had been discussing the Sunday readings, which naturally led to the subject of evangelization, which naturally led to our responsibility for preaching the Good News. Suddenly the subject was evangelization and us. A woman had a question.

"I heard the diocese was putting together an evangelization plan," she said, "but I haven't seen anything about it in the parish yet. Do you know anything about that?" And she turned a quizzical eye on me.

Now, right here I should...

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There is, as mentioned at the outset, a second area in which the pro-choice agenda has been looking to shift the landscape to accommodate their lost ground while still attempting to set-up the pro-life movement for ultimate failure. Realizing that defining a fetus as less than human is increasingly difficult to do with any stretch of science, some in the pro-choice community have taken to supporting infanticide outright. In such cases, advocates admit that abortion is no different than...

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Leaders of the pro-choice movement know that they are losing ground – if not in the policy or practice of abortion, then at least in the public debate over its nature, which is a good first step for pro-lifers.

Gone are the days when someone can keep a straight face while referring to an unborn child as “just a clump of tissue.” In a world of 3D ultrasounds, greater understanding of DNA, sophisticated pre-natal surgeries, and prospects for an ever-younger age of viability outside the...

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November 07, 2013
Debunking the debunker: Reza Aslan's 'Zealot ' vs. the Real Jesus
By Father Robert Barron

When I saw that Reza Aslan’s portrait of “Jesus, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” had risen to number one on the New York Times bestseller list, I must confess, I was both disappointed and puzzled.  For the reductionistic and debunking approach that Aslan employs has been tried by dozens of commentators for at least the past 300 years, and the debunkers have been themselves debunked over and over again by serious scholars of the historical Jesus.

Here is how the...

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When Pope Francis was interviewed by the Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari, he began with a joke and a smile. But the Pope’s initial, light-hearted exchange with this prominent European atheist serves as an important window into our Holy Father’s approach to the modern world.

Pope Francis walked into the room where Scalfari was waiting, shook hands with him and with a smile said, “Some of my colleagues who know you told me that you will try to convert me.”

Scalfari responded,...

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November 06, 2013
The art of accepting, or rejecting, help (part II)
By Alice von Hildebrand

Reflecting on rejecting requests for help leads me to a different question: when should help be requested? And how should it be requested?

Dickens’ genius is best expressed in his sketching of “characters” and personalities. In this context, one that immediately comes of mind is Harold Skimpole in Bleak House.  He is introduced by one of his benefactors, Mr.  Jarndyce: “he is grown up – he is at least as old as I am – but in simplicity and freshness, and enthusiasm, and a fine...

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October 29, 2013
The art of accepting, or rejecting, help
By Alice von Hildebrand

One of the remarkable contributions that Soren Kierkegaard has made to philosophy is his analysis of despair, “The Sickness Unto Death.”

The great Danish thinker has diagnosed a spiritual and psychological disease affecting innumerable modern men; a disease of such gravity that only God’s grace can heal it. Clearly, he is making a subtle reference to Lazarus’ sickness – which was not “unto death” (John: 11-4) – and warns us that spiritual and psychological sicknesses are...

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