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Jan. 26
2015
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Christ’s followers, us, we point to Christ, we can make Christ known, we can show others, we can lead others to Christ, so that Christ can change their hearts.

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Tags: abortion, christ, Conversion, hope, roe v wade
Jan. 24
2015
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Life has been on my mind lately.

 

Last Saturday, I participated in a Memorial Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, remembering all those who have been killed or will be affected by abortion. The Mass was preceded by a Rose Procession, in which I was among the volunteers who carried a rose in honor of their peers lost to abortion since its legalization in 1973. For the U.S. Catholic Church, January 22 is marked as a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Many people I know are attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. this weekend. While I remain in St. Louis this week, I...

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Tags: Boldt, philippines, Pope Francis, pro-life, Purdue, witness
Jan. 23
2015
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Recently on NPR, Lulu Miller did a piece on a man named Martin Pistorius who fell ill as a child due to cryptococcal meningitis.  With all of his motor function lost, Martin eventually went into a coma and while his parents took care of him, the doctors' assessment that Martin was essentially a vegetable left them with no hope of recovery and only the task of waiting for Martin's eventual death.  However, weeks turned into months turned into years--Martin would not die.  Moreover, as we would all eventually find out when Martin recounted his story, he actually awoke to consciousness but not yet able to move any muscles and so communicate by any means.   Martin was alive, mentally, consciously, though without any external indications. ...

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Tags: Bioethics, consciousness, euthansia, mind-body, npr, pistorius
Jan. 22
2015
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Both in philosophy and computer science, the name of Alan Turing is one that is inescapable. His name arises specifically in reference often to the "Turing Test" thought experiments, where Turing proposed one could develop criteria to determine whether, according to responses to questions, the respondent is a computer or a human being. The Imitation Game takes its name and guiding star from the paper Turing wrote by the same name, which initially proposed the idea of the "Turing Test" and set forth some of the most thought provoking ideas about artificial intelligence that had been proposed up to that point in time. 

 

Alan Turing was an unparalleled genius and a great unsung hero of the Second World War. While troubled and...

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Jan. 20
2015
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St. Thomas understood discipleship as "Non Nisi te, Domine"--"Nothing but you, Lord." Our own lives of faith must be centered on a personal relationship with Jesus, who alone can fill us, leaving everything else behind just as He left it all for us.

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Tags: discipleschip, Eucharist Thomas Aquinas, jesus christ, non nisi te
Jan. 19
2015
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Samuel's calling can teach us about the disposition we should have if we want to hear the voice of God in our lives. The desire to hear that voice confirms that we belong to Christ, and consequently to one another.

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Jan. 18
2015
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Do we judge people from the first look we take of them? Perhaps we should be looking somewhere else when we meet a person. Let’s not be afraid to love people just the way they are for God loves them and dwells in them. 

 

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Tags: external beauty, internal beauty, judgement, looks, members of Christ, Pope Francis
Jan. 16
2015
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I was disappointed with Into The Woods not because it was a horrible film, but because it had so many good things going for it. It is a creative take on the classical Grim brothers fairy tales in the spirit of the musical Wicked's treatment of Oz, sharing the same composer and writer. It has a lot of things to recommend it: an engaging story, great actors who have voices to stun, music that is fun and lively, emotional ups and downs, and beautiful scenery. What it lacks, however, is a coherent ending and a little something more. 

 

The story centers around a couple, the Baker and his wife (Emily Blunt...

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Jan. 15
2015
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What do you seek? 

 

I heard this question time and time again last week. I felt like I was preparing, again, for my first profession. For a Dominican, the response to this question is, "God's mercy and yours." We say it shortly before making our profession. But at​ SEEK 2015, the FOCUS conference recently held in Nashville, this was the driving question for four days of prayer, praise, fellowship, and everything Catholic for nearly 10,000 college-aged Catholics.

 

For many, including me, SEEK represented a mountaintop experience of Christ's gratuitous love and grace. I had the privilege of having innumerable conversations with so many zealous and vibrant young Catholics. I was constantly reminded how unworthy I am to be called to this Dominican vocation, yet how God has called me to serve His Church and His people as a Friar Preacher. ...

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Tags: Domincans, FOCUS, John 1, matt fradd, Nashville, Opryland, prayer, SEEK2015, vows
Jan. 13
2015
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Big Hero 6 was a movie I thought was going to be much more for children than for adults; I was pleasantly surprised, similar to my experience with many Pixar movies, that Disney's adaptation of the comic book characters into this film is a lovely experience for both the young and older filmgoer. [Copyright © 2014 by Walt Disney Pictures. All Rights Reserved.]

 

The movie revolves around a pair of brothers, Hiro and Tadashi Hamada, who live in the futuristic "San Fransokyo" (which gives you a feel for the tongue-in-cheek character of much of the movie's humor). Younger brother Hiro - an unparalleled child prodigy when it comes to computers and robotics - wastes his time in designing...

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