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Culture and Divine Revelation

Mr. Brian Jones In his 2008 Address to the Representatives From the World of Culture, Pope Benedict XVI gave an illuminating analysis of the Christian roots of European culture. Reflecting upon the aim and purpose of the early monastic communities that arose in Europe, Benedict makes this startling claim: First and foremost, it must be frankly ...

07 29 2017

Reclaim Religious Freedom – An Independence Day Homily

Six years of my priesthood were spent serving as the Vice Rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland - my previous assignment. Emmitsburg is a small town with a great Catholic Heritage; But just eight miles north of the town is the historic Gettysburg National Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Since the National Park Ser...

07 04 2017

The Catholic Stance in a World Off Its Axis

We sat under the moon at Monreau Seminary on the campus of Notre Dame; seven college men from the University of St. Thomas and one holy priest. As we re-hashed our weeklong conference on leadership in Catholic education, our conversation led to many cultural tragedies that find rationalization in academia: man-hating feminism, gender identity co...

02 06 2017

Four Tips For Discerning Your Vocation

One of the blessings of teaching religion to high schoolers is that I get to witness to how God has transformed my life. This comes up in various ways through a myriad of lessons in all the grades I teach. Over the years, one particular topic, one special piece of advice, has resurfaced in various contexts: discerning one’s vocation. Everyone mus...

01 25 2017

Take Up Your Cross

One of my favorite quotes from G.K. Chesterton – or from anyone for that matter – accurately distills the distinguishing characteristic of essentially every critique of the Christian paradigm and unapologetically defends that very paradigm in the space of less than twenty words. In fact, my description of the quote is already longer than the qu...

01 24 2017

As The Family So The Church

Mr. Brian Jones The political philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre once observed that the contemporary breakdown of communal and familial life in the West is frequently attributed to the wrong cause. Many commentators have argued that the disintegration of our culture, and its rapidly increased secularizing power, has been the result of the loss of re...

01 23 2017

Wise Men, The Nothingness of Eastern Religions, and the Somethingness of Christianity

A brilliant and valiant teacher named John Senior is continuing to be discovered by those startled by today’s shadowy darkness, especially through a newly published biography. Interestingly, Senior could be described as an apostle of shadows, not because shadows are not real but because they point to the fact that things are real. How else could ...

01 07 2017

What My DAD Taught Me About Strength

Four hundred pounds is a lot of weight by any estimation. When loaded on a barbell resting on one’s back, four hundred pounds is unquestionably heavy. Now, do a set of squats with that weight. Such a feat relatively few people ever have the strength, ability, or desire to even attempt. Yet, this was the goal my dad had set for himself for his ...

01 03 2017

Catholic Churches to Men: “You’re Not Welcome Here.”

  This article is an excerpt from "Answers to The Catholic Man Crisis" available HERE   Intrigued by something called the “men’s rights movement” I ordered some books by the activists of the movement (all by women, interestingly). Offering an alternative theory for why men are absent, aloof, and irresponsible, they claim men are n...

By Mr. Jason Craig 12 28 2016

Purpose. Meaning. Destiny.

My conversion to the Catholic faith came about largely through the witness of one of my (public) high school teachers. He is a man of God who understands profoundly that the knowledge of Truth is the end goal of all education. There were many things my teacher said that stood out to me and remain in my memory to this day. Few of them stand out as m...

12 22 2016

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