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…

Caravaggio’s “Doubting Thomas” Reply

Faith builds on experience and gives it deeper meaning…

 An art reflection from one of my students. The original article includes the painting, which did not appear in this reblogged post.

Legionary Brothers

Br Andres Colmenares, LC

 

We have all gone through one stage of our life or another when living our Christian faith was more difficult than normal. Something happens that makes us put into question the very beliefs that were inscribed in our hearts. But Christ’s constant yearning is for us to “Believe and doubt no longer” (John 21:27).

Caravaggio was a painter who lived towards the end of the 16th century. There is something in his paintings depicting religious subjects that easily catches the attention of the viewer. Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” tells the story of himself, but above all, of each of us in our journey through life.

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Our Lady of Light: The Luminous Mysteries 2

Our Lady of Light

Since Thursday is the day when we contemplate the Luminous Mysteries, instituted by Blessed John Paul II, I decided to dedicate today’s article to Our Lady of Light, depicted in the painting above by Russian artist, Natalia Tsarkova. (Click on the photo above for a larger image).

Before I explain the painting, here is a video explaining the artist’s relationship with the late John Paul II. More…

“Do Not Touch Me!”: Christ Wants Us to Touch Him Spiritually 2

Noli me tangere!

Touch me

One of the major intents of the Risen Christ during the time he spent appearing to the apostles is to make sure they experience him as still being the Jesus they knew but at the same time as somehow different. More…

Saint Anselm of Canterbury: Man of Faith Seeking Understanding Reply

April 21, Feast of Saint Anselm of Canterbury

St Anselm of Canterbury

I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand. More…

What It’s Like Hearing Confession 19

Fr Jason Smith

A good friend of mine asked me to write about what it’s like to hear confessions.

The truth is, a priest can’t say much about the content he hears in confession, but in nearly every confession I have heard, I have said the following: More…

The Pillars of Unbelief — Sartre Reply

Sartre allegedly recanted his teaching upon his death. At any rate… damage done.

Catholicism Pure & Simple

Dr. Peter Kreeft

Sartre — apostle of absurdity

Jean-Paul Sartre may be the most famous atheist of the 20th century. As such, he qualifies for anyone’s short list of “pillars of unbelief.”

Yet he may have done more to drive fence-sitters toward the faith than most Christian apologists. For Sartre has made atheism such a demanding, almost unendurable, experience that few can bear it.

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How to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday Reply

The Divine Mercy Shrine: Now That's a Shrine!

During the Mass of canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000, the year of the Great Jubilee, Pope John Paul II proclaimed: “It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called Divine Mercy Sunday.” More…