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Saints as Models: We Can Be One Too

On the Feast of All Saints we are often encouraged to look up to the saints as models. Usually we point to St. Benedict or St. 712 more words


Care for the Small Child

It is well-known that humans can be competitive, sometimes just for the sake of being competitive. Competition tends to draw rivals close together, even if, and perhaps especially if they really hate each other. 464 more words


Faith as Faithfulness

Faith is often presented as conformity to a set of doctrines like those laid out in the Nicene Creed. I believe in what the Nicene Creed says but believing it isn’t faith. 805 more words


Mimetic Resonance

If we desire through the desires of other people, do we have any freedom in our desires, or are our desires determined by the desires of others? 816 more words

Mimetic Desire

Possessed by God

The First Epistle of John overflows with declarations of God’s preemptive love: “not that we loved God but that God loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 Jn. 651 more words


Longing for God's Desire

In one way or another, human desire has always indicated that something is lacking. My stomach is empty so I desire to fill it with food. 636 more words


Eating the Being of Jesus

The Holy Eucharist has been accused of being a cannibalistic rite. René Girard would accept the accusation. In a snippet from an unpublished interview, he suggests that the Eucharist recapitulates the entire history of sacrifice and its violence and that history includes cannibalism. 519 more words