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One of the most debated topics of Dante's epic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is his theology of Limbo. There are numerous theories regarding the possible salvation or lack of salvation for those in Limbo, especially the virtuous pagans. Two theories regarding what Dante says about the salvation of Limbo stand out. The first and most popular opinion of scholars is that those in Limbo are stuck there forever.
This year I have delved further into the writings of G.K. Chesterton. I was previously acquainted with much of his fiction but decided to dive into his non-fiction. My father, a convert to the Catholic Faith and a huge fan of Chesterton, has always told me that if I were ever to read any books by Chesterton to read Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man; both of which I completed this year. In my opinion, these texts should be read back-to-back and always together. In his typical wit and wisdom, Chesterton offers a superb defense of Christendom.
One day, as Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was walking down the street a small boy saw him and loudly told his mother “Look, Mom! It’s Superman!” Sheen wore his ferriola, a cape very similar to that worn by Superman.
Sheen recounted this incident on a number of occasions. He wrote about man’s fascination with superheroes in a collection of articles written for various periodicals titled On Being Human.
What interests us about Superman & Batman?
The superhuman, the alien and the seemingly supernatural...
Dr. Holly Ordway has graced us with another wonderful addition to Tolkien scholarship. Tolkien’s Faith: A Spiritual Biography is unique among biographies of Tolkien in that it does not focus so much on the man’s famous and fictional writings, but on the man himself—and especially his Catholic Faith and spiritual life.
Ordway’s hope in writing this biography of faith is to be able to “gain a richer, deeper, more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of his writings—and their fundamental but ...
It should be noted from the outset of our treatment that the Assumption of St. Joseph is not a defined doctrine or dogma. It is a pious belief. The Church has not solemnly defined it nor has it declared it necessary to believe for salvation. It is our purpose here to offer a brief defense of St. Joseph's Assumption ba...
In the Catholic Church, the month of October is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. Many great saints and holy men and women have had a deep devotion to Mary and been especially committed to praying the Rosary. Fulton Sheen was one of them and indeed prayed the Rosary. In his book, The World’s First Love, he wrote that “the power of the rosary is beyond description.” In fact, Sheen thought the Rosary should be considered the greatest of the sacramentals.
Freedom is a topic that is often contended in spheres of philosophy. The Christian philosophical view differs greatly from that of a more modern one. In philosophy, there seems to be no universal definition or consensus as to what freedom means or is. Americans are apt to say that freedom means the “ability to do whatever I want.” Whereas the Catholic would say, as did Pope St. John Paul II, “Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what w...
For the clergy and the religious, and those who attend daily Mass and pray the Liturgy of the Hours of the Catholic Church, the “Our Father” prayer is recited at least three times a day. Once at Lauds (Morning Prayer), once at Vespers (Evening Prayer), and once during Mass. It is said five more times, once at the beginning of each decade if one prays the Rosary. Often we say it quickly and gloss over its rich and deep theological meaning.
In Rite and Man: The Sense of the Sacred and Christian Theology, newly republished by Cluny Media, Louis Bouyer shows how the Incarnation is at the heart of the liturgy. Bouyer, a noted theologian who is considered to be one of the major architects of the Second Vatican Council, begins by noting two differing views regarding the liturgy. He likens them to early Christological heresies. The first view on the liturgy he identifies with the Monophysites.
In Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey, Mark Vernon presents the reader with a commentary in the 700th year anniversary of Dante’s death in 1321, on each of the cantos in Dante’s work from The Inferno through The Purgatorio culminating in The Paradiso. Each reflection from Vernon is preceded by a beautiful painting or image depicting the scene taking place. Throughout the work, Vernon gives the reader the historical context to some of the situations and experiences Dante finds himself.
Communism and the Conscience of the West
By Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Cluny Media, 2021.
Paperback, 227 pages, $22.95.
Written only a few years following World War II, Communism and the Conscience of the West surveys the philosophy of Communism. Sheen’s view of Communism is that it is not merely a political or economic system. Rather, it is a philosophy of life. Even more than that, Sheen calls it a religion.
Contributed chapter titled: "The Living Bread: Fulton Sheen's Eucharistic Theology"
The Eucharist Revival Project is Missio Dei’s response to Pope Francis’ call to rediscover “the real and loving presence of the Lord” in the Eucharist. The Missio Dei Team’s belief in the power of Holy Communion is manifested in this book, inviting everyone who reads it to understand the historical, prophetic, and present-day miracle of Christ in the Eucharist and to seek this Sacrament of Love with a renewed fervor.
It has been seen by readers of The Lord of the Rings that the characters of Frodo, Gandalf, and Aragorn are similar to Jesus Christ in His threefold office of Priest, Prophet, and King. This is commonly referred to as the Triplex Munera or Munus Triplex – the threefold office. The purpose of this essay is to examine what such similarities are: “Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and established as priest, prophet, and king.”(CCC, 783) We shal...