Why The Lord’s Ascension is More Important Than We Think 1

The Ascension by Benjamin West

By Fr Jason Smith, LC

The Liturgy on the feast of the Ascension  presents us with the apostles staring awestruck at the sky as Jesus ascends out of sight; so much so, that we get the impression that they would have remained for days in this stupor, had not two messengers been sent to shake them up. More…

Why Have Children? 2

By Fr Joseph Tham, LC

As the month May rolls by, the smell of spring is in the air, and it is a month that motherhood is celebrated all over the word.  For Catholics, it is also the month we celebrate the maternal closeness of Mary.  It is therefore a strange contrast with some recent comments that surfaced about the irrationality of having children. More…

Does Being Analytical Make You Lose Your Faith? Reply

A student response to popscience in the news
by Br Brendan Matthews, LC

Does being analytical make you lose your faith? This is what the title of a recent article written published on ScienceMagazine.org seems to suggest. I would like to briefly point out the main error behind this article, namely, the confusion between thinking and believing. First let us look at two main concepts the article offers us. The first is intuitive thinking “which is fast and effortless”; the second is analytical thinking “which is slower and more deliberate.” Based on this distinction, the author draws some pretty hasty conclusions. More…

To Keep Your Faith, Get Analytical Reply

A student response to popscience in the news
by Br Carlos Valenzuela, LC

Last month, the web site ScienceMagazine.org published an article, “To Keep Your Faith, Don’t Get Analytical,” claiming that those who believe in God or accept religious belief tend to rely more on intuitive rather than in analytical thinking. In this article Gregg Miller comments on the results of an experiment made by the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. My aim in this article is to show a different perspective based on the results of the experiments, diverging from the one offered by Science Now. More…

“Christ’s Ascension Is Our Uplifting”: St Leo the Great on the Saving Mystery of the Ascension (I) 2

By Fr Jose LaBoy

There are two main perspectives in the homilies of St. Leo the Great on the Ascension: 1) the Ascension as the glorification of Jesus and our uplifting; 2) the importance of this mystery for Christian living. In this first article we will consider the first perspective and see how what happens to Jesus Christ in the Ascension affects us. More…

Kant’s “What Is Enlightenment?” Then and Now Reply

By Br Robert Antonio, LC

Immanuel Kant writes the essay “What is Enlightenment” in response to a question posed by a Prussian official and clergyman. The historical context is 18th century Prussia, currently under the rule of the enlightened Frederick the Great. Even though he ruled despotically, Frederick the Great brought about huge political and economic reform. Five years before the French Revolution, the enlightenment was in full swing, but few would be able to predict the consequence of its ideas in the French Revolution and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars.

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

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