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Happy Are the Blessed - Part 1 of 4

Father Geiermann has stated that the object of our union with God is our happiness. He shows how we attain various degrees of happiness by practicing the virtues Christ recommended in the Beatitudes. 364 more words


Continue Blaming Yourself

As I recall my own experimentation with love and life outside of the Church — primarily Her wisdom but also Her graces and the sacraments — I recollect on how empty everything was. 705 more words


Faith, Feminism, and Head Coverings

As a proud feminist, I believe in equality of all human beings. Equality is fundamental to human dignity. This week I watched with great sadness as men and women alike criticized women for what they did or did not wear. 375 more words


Tychonius of Africa: His Exegesis & Ecclesiology

One of the most underappreciated Latin theologians and Church Fathers today is Tychonius of Africa, who lived during the late fourth century AD. This fact is surprising considering the that Tychonius’ two works,  2,958 more words


Control Freak

One of my hobbies is Crossfit/Olympic Lifting, but over the last 9-weeks, I’ve been doing a strength program. Today was the final day, with the goal to find a new 1-rep max of the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. 429 more words


Free Will vs. Divine Control

This one’s quite a theological one despite my having absolutely no qualifications or bearing in this field.

So, as a Catholic, humans are all gifted with free will: free will to choose God or not, free will to differentiate between right and wrong and free will to make choices and reactions to daily life. 362 more words

What is “Holy War” in Islam? What about forced conversion?

God says in the Qur’an: ‘There is no compulsion in religion’ (al-Baqarah 2:256). The earliest commentaries on the Qur’an (such as that of Al-Tabari) make it clear that some Muslims of Medina wanted to force their children to convert from Judaism or Christianity to Islam, and this verse was precisely an answer to them… 134 more words