Charity

Unity in Difference: Language-Learning & God’s Kingdom

By |2019-08-10T22:07:13-05:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Charity, Christianity, Culture, Education, Language, Literature|

Learning another language helps me to not only understand, but to better experience first-hand how another person thinks, feels, and interacts with the world; this creates the possibility for empathy, fellow-feeling, and ultimately, charity. Having taught high-school Spanish for the first time last fall, I have been wondering why it is that we teach [...]

Illiberal Lessons Learned Along the Way

By |2019-07-03T13:39:52-05:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Charity, Culture War, Joseph Mussomeli, Modernity, Morality, Senior Contributors, Virtue, Worldview|

I keep reminding myself to look beneath and beyond labels and remain focused on the individual. Because ultimately it is the individual who matters most and who is most deserving of praise or condemnation, affection or disdain. It is a surprisingly hard lesson to learn and to remember given the current political and cultural [...]

Mercy as a Reality Illuminated by Reason

By |2019-06-13T12:43:16-05:00December 26th, 2018|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Christian Humanism, Communio, David L. Schindler, Pope Francis|

In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium [EG], Pope Francis insists that we need to anchor our approach to the Church’s missionary task in the Incarnate Word as the principle of reality (“il criterio di realtà”: 233). This principle can be a guide for “the development of life in society and the building of a people,” [...]

Do You Desire True Liberty? Then Let the Children Live!

By |2019-03-07T11:13:58-05:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Abortion, Catholicism, Charity, Christianity, Mother of God|

St. John the Baptist came to prepare the way of the Lord by proclaiming the Good News of the coming of the Redeemer, and by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just. According to Abba Apollo, a desert father who lived about 1,700 years ago, the devil has no knees. He had them [...]

Reductio ad Machinam: Human Identity in the Age of Machines

By |2019-08-01T23:57:35-05:00December 9th, 2018|Categories: Character, Charity, Community, Compassion, Conservatism, Culture, Imagination, Modernity|

"Technique has penetrated the deepest recesses of the human being. The machine tends not only to create a new human environment, but also to modify man's very essence…. He must adapt himself, as though the world were new, to a universe for which he was not created. He was made to go six kilometers an [...]

Civility and Noblesse Oblige

By |2018-11-13T14:08:15-05:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: Character, Charity, Christian Living, Glenn Arbery, Senior Contributors, Wyoming Catholic College|

Noblesse oblige is more than merely being civil. In a Christian context, it treats those less talented or less fortunate without a show of superiority because it recognizes that they, too, are made in the image and likeness of God… What it means to be “civil” has undergone severe scrutiny lately. Hillary Clinton, for [...]

What If? The Moral Imagination of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”

By |2017-08-31T12:02:36-05:00July 27th, 2017|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Charity, Christianity, Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Film, Moral Imagination, Senior Contributors|

The story of Beauty and the Beast is the oldest story in the Christian world. It’s the story about love, sacrifice, and redemption… Several nights ago, I reluctantly watched Disney’s 2017 live version of Beauty and the Beast. I must admit three things before I get into the heart of this essay. First, I’ve [...]

Charles Dickens and an Incomplete Ideal

By |2019-01-29T10:49:46-05:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: Character, Charity, Literature, Love, Marriage|

Through reading the works of Charles Dickens, we may be inspired to take a closer look at our own priorities and come to a deeper understanding of our inability to embody perfectly our own ideals… Throughout the career of the esteemed literary giant Charles Dickens, selfless love as opposed to selfishness served as an [...]

Christmas in Richmond, 1864

By |2016-12-25T00:34:38-05:00December 24th, 2016|Categories: Charity, Christianity, Christmas, Culture, History|

The orphans sat mute with astonishment until the opening hymn and prayer and the last amen had been said, and then they at a signal warily and slowly gathered around the tree to receive from a lovely young girl their allotted present... Rice, flour, molasses and tiny pieces of meat, most of them sent to [...]

Edmund Burke on Free Will, Christian Charity, & the Good Society

By |2017-01-13T18:31:50-05:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Charity, Christianity, Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Featured, St. Augustine|

Christianity, Edmund Burke held, is the great equalizer. Not only is it the first force in the world to recognize the moral equality of all men and women, but it allows the high and the low to become one in their equal desire for the good society… In a manner similar to Cicero with [...]

Mercy and the Liberal Arts

By |2018-11-21T14:10:45-05:00December 11th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Classics, Liberal Arts|

Inasmuch as mercy is a human virtue, and the liberal arts are human education, the virtue of mercy is precisely the sort of thing one will explore in a good liberal arts curriculum… I would like to begin by drawing attention to the title of our symposium, “Mercy and the Liberal Arts.” It’s an intuitive [...]

Does the Church Oppose the Free Market?

By |2016-08-29T16:24:30-05:00August 27th, 2016|Categories: Catholicism, Charity, Economics|

It’s quite easy to forgive those who experience an attack of nausea upon hearing the phrase “Catholic Social Thinking.” In light of the misuse from which that phrase has suffered over the past half-century alternative responses are all too likely to indicate either that a person has not been paying attention or is lacking [...]