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Month: February 2017

The Truth About Mercy and Kasper’s Unfriendly Ghost

The Truth About Mercy and Kasper’s Unfriendly Ghost

I. Doctoral Thesis incomplete Long before the ‘Year of Mercy’ and the Synods on Marriage and the Family there was a doctoral student, whose specialization was marriage and the family, who attempted to make a comparative study between St. Faustina Maria Kowalska’s understanding of divine mercy, and that proposed by the great devotee of herself, Pope John Paul II. As the thesis was being written many things in the Church and the world happened and the student in question withdrew…

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“At Peace with God” – Universalism Victorious?

“At Peace with God” – Universalism Victorious?

  Sometimes the things one hears cuts deep into the soul. And one is left without being able to respond. The contemporary cultural phrase that ends all discussion is, “Well, that’s your opinion….” It takes the floor away from any search for the truth – or even an attempt to present it. It seems to be a cultural form of self-defence – like an intellectual Jiu Jitzu move? It seems to give one “peace with God”. That, one thinks, would…

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The Judge Alone Can Be Merciful

The Judge Alone Can Be Merciful

Funny how sometimes the penny just drops and you get it. Popular rhetoric calls it the ‘Ah-ha moment’. I once heard it attributed to Bernard Lonergan – the Canadian Jesuit philosopher-theologian. Whatever it’s provence the term seems to catch what is meant by ‘the penny dropping’ or ‘enlightenment’. Suddenly one sees the reason for something. Basically, we all go from ignorance to understanding. There’s no shame in it; the shame would be in satisfaction with ignorance. It may takes years…

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The Forgotten Men

The Forgotten Men

He’s a dear friend, and speaks very much like many other men who have their story to tell. His dad was hard working, but never really there. Work became a sign of what real men where about – work and straight talking. Calling a spade for what it is; and not taking any nonsense from anyone. He’ll admit to his mistakes – but not in a public way that looks for a sympathy vote. His is the stoical Scots-Irish way….

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