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Monday, March 29, 2004

The World-View: A Closer Look

In " Happiness: A Question of World-View, A Question of Choice " I mentioned the fact that the pursuit for happiness depends on the basic set of assumptions we bring into play each time we face what we call "reality." This basic set of assumptions, are often passed on to us through the significant... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Between Memory and Hope

Many miles from yesterday before you reach tomorrow where the time is always just today There's a lost horizon waiting to be found there's a lost horizon where the sound of guns doesn't pound in your ears, anymore. (Burt Bacharach, "The Lost Horizon") Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 22, 2004

I'm Sorry, Mr. Gibson. I Disagree

An Open Letter To Mel Gibson Dear sir, I would like to express my disagreement with the opening scene on your movie "The Passion of the Christ." I know that the pirated DVD copy I saw may have had defects and accounts for some of the bad scenes I saw there. But my disagreement comes from the opening... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Man Fully Alive

St. Irenaeus once wrote: "The glory of God is man fully alive; man fully alive is the one who sees God." God's kavod is nothing else but His Divinity. In the passage above quoted, Irenaeus was making a bold statement: In the same way as maleness is perfected in fatherhood, God's being God is... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 19, 2004

The Catholic Answer To Religious Indifference

The Catholic Church has been accused of many things, and yet no one mentions that from her has come the social teachings that protect the common worker, the doctrine of religious freedom and freedom of conscience. Quite recently, Zenit.Org came out with a report regarding the Ponficial Council's... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Turning Water Into Wine

The Happiness of the gods is characterized by a never ending banquet, and wine is associated with it. The story of the wedding at Cana that we find in John is another instance in the Gospels where the theme of happiness is explored. The story is set -- quite appropriately -- in a wedding party that... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

The Question Of Happiness

The God who draws all to Himself entered human history "took on flesh" and made an explicit invitation to all human beings: "I am the Way." To reach God, to finally be at home, one must do it in and through Christ. Only then can one start to move towards happiness [ see whole context ] There is a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 15, 2004

EXCURSUS: The Passion... Again?

I am breaking the flow of these blogs on the question of Happiness because of certain things that I find disturbing regarding the way Mel Gibson's film is being used. I think it is alright for CatholicExchange to come out with "A Guide To The Passion" using Mr. Gibson's film as a launching pad for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

The More Perfect Way

Our survey of the different ideas of happiness can be summarized as follows: 1. Happiness involves going for a good outside of oneself. It may be the good of family members, or friends or other people. The happiness that one derives from this is more lasting and more meaningful than a happiness that... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 12, 2004

The Christian Option

How Christianity grew from being a sect within Judaism to become one of the great religions is a matter for historians and sociologists to ponder. The Jewish Council of Jamnia (c. 70 AD) expelled Christians from Judaism. When Constantine became Emperor, he made Christianity one of the recognized... Sign in to see full entry.

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