Every now and then we all run across a description or definition of something that captures its truth, yet at the same time respects its mystery. For indeed mere words can ever really be, or take the place of, the thing or person they describe. The reality is always richer than the descriptions we attempt with the grunts and scrawls we call “words.”
Two recent news items - the passing of assisted suicide in California and the prevalence of atheists among Harvard freshmen - seem to be disconnected, but they ultimately flow from the same rejection of God. Watch this video with Bishop Robert Barron for more!
QndA draws pollies, priests and professors - of different faiths and traditions - to the University of Notre Dame in Sydney to thrash out the hot issues of the day. It's about faith and reason in action. QndA’s inaugural event launched on Wednesday evening, August 19, with an all-star cast:
I’m on a journey. Sometimes the road is easy. Sometimes it’s not. There are days I’m strolling in the sunshine and there are days I’m crawling through a thunderstorm. When it’s good, it’s really good. I have joyful companions who know and accept me. When it’s bad, I feel alone and isolated and I’m certain the world hates me.
The ethical conversation has become, in the last fifty years, extraordinarily roiled. The problem is the incapacity to make the right distinctions between concepts such as love and hate, tolerance and intolerance - particularly when it comes to talking about topics such as same-sex marriage. Fr. Robert Barron reflects on love, tolerance, and making distinctions in this excellent video - a must see!
Your relationships with your family and friends will change a lot in your teenage years. You will say things you wish you could take back and so will the people around you. Don’t torture yourself holding grudges or needing to get back at everyone who was mean to you.
Is religion really just about being a nice person? Is the goal of Christianity to simply become more kind, compassionate, and just? Fr. Robert Barron answers this popular but misguided religious view in this video.
In a recent article published in the online journal “Salon,” philosophy professor John Messerly claims that religion has a "smart-people problem." Is this the case? Fr. Robert Barron responds in this video.
Atheists, Agnostics, and believers alike appeal to philosophy to support their claims on the existence or non-existence of God. However, Thomas Aquinas' "Argument from Motion" offers a proof that cannot be easily refuted, as it appeals to the the concept of an "actus purus," or the unmoved mover that we call God.
Dr Alvaré was the keynote speaker at the recent John Paul II Australian Leaders Forum in Melbourne, and during a brief visit to Sydney following the conference, she sat down with Catholic Communications and Xt3.com to discuss the importance of religious liberty, the papacy of Pope Francis, as well as her personal experiences promoting Catholic values in public life.
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