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Reflections

Consisting of relflections in a variety of categories, including:
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<li>scripture (homiletic reflections)
<li>philosophy (metaphysics or epistemology)
<li>morality
<li>psychology
<li>spiritual development
<li>science or mathematics
<li>technology
<li>medicine
<li>Church documents
<li>catechesis
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Scientism, Fideism and the Breakdown of Society

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Morals are inextricably connected to faith and world view. To think otherwise is to not understand what any of the three is actually about. To pretend otherwise is to be intolerant of other's views. One of the fundamental problems society has today is not that there are gays, lesbians, etc., or that there are socialists, communists or jingoists in our midst. The problem is that we seem unable to recognize the moral boundaries we all live by or the compromises that will enable us to live in peace.

Teresa Tomeo on "Fifty Shades of Grey"

EWTN contributor Teresa Tomeo was interviewed by Catholic World Report on the issues with the movie "Fifty Shades of Grey." See "'Fifty Shades...' and the Sexual Objectification of Women".

The President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

The President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast (see the transcript) has been badly characterized in the media. Nowhere, for example, will you find the ringing phrase "violence rooted in religion". Even though the President did see fit to remind us that "during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ" his sin may have been rather a matter of omission than commission.

Language, meaning, culture and government fiat

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I don't wish to confuse anyone in my use of the term marriage, or of allied terms, such as matrimony, wedlock, wedding, etc. If the government decides that these terms mean something other than what they currently mean, I'm ultimately fine with that, although I would prefer that government not deliberately alter the meanings of common terms.

The government can choose to call a circle a square, and vice versa. That doesn't mean that I will use such terms in a way that will confuse people.

Real love is oriented to God.

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Real love of neighbor, when it is the highest kind of love, is sacrificial and it is oriented along the love that God has for us. That love desires, by its nature, the redemption of the one loved, that the loved one will be with God for all eternity.

When our love is oriented in this way, we do not become tools of the loved one's sinful desires. In psychological terms, we don't become co-dependent and share in the addict's sickness.

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