Ecology, Pantheism and the Church

“Where’s Jesus these days?” The thought has been occurring to me with some frequency lately, not least upon reading a story at National Catholic Register about a recent Vatican workshop on ecology.  The workshop, entitled “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity” was sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of […]


The Importance of Theology and Philosophy in the University

The University of Notre Dame is no stranger to controversy, and it is once again making a few headlines due to its decennial core curriculum review process, which began recently. While no concrete recommendations or proposals have yet been made, one change clearly being considered is a reduction of the theology and philosophy requirements in […]

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Spiritual Lessons from the Victims of Communism

This summer I had the privilege and pleasure of interning with a most intriguing organization in Washington, DC: the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC for short).  VOC’s mission is to honor the more than 100 million victims of communist regimes (from the Soviet Union to China, Cuba and Vietnam) and educate future generations about […]

The Source and Summit of the Intellectual Life

This Tuesday I was enjoying a leisurely afternoon lunch with Vanderbilt’s FOCUS missionaries when the conversation turned to the modern university. As many passionate Catholics would, we lamented the rampant secularism present in universities today and spoke of the lack of respect for objective truth that is all too common in a university setting. We […]

Philosophy of Play

The golden mean between boorishness and buffoonery is “eutrapelia” (Aristotle), that is, the virtue of play, which consists in the moderation of pleasure in games. Modesty is a subordinate virtue of temperance, which is one of the four cardinal virtues (Catholic Encyclopedia). These moral virtues consist in the things pertaining to man being directed by […]