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The Role of Beauty in the Formation of Men As Men CRISIS MAGAZINE - December 18, 2014 ... manner can cause being to recede into the shadow in favor of an almost exclusive focus on that being's usefulness and practical purpose. Beauty counters this tendency and reveals something as worthwhile simply because it exists and because it is what it is. A man who has been pierced by the beauty of his bride will die for her not because his death will be of any practical use to himself, but because through her beauty (not just physical but also personal and spiritual) he has seen through a ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CrisisMagazine/~3/QPq3SIgzhCA/role-beauty-formation-men-men
Progressive Dematerialization EDWARD FESER - December 2, 2014 ... "first-person" features of a conscious experience, such as the way red looks or the way pain feels) as that aspect of the mind which cannot in principle be reduced to brain activity or the like. Yet Thomistic writers also often speak even of perceptual experience (and not just of abstract thought) as involving an immaterial element. And they need not deny that qualia-oriented arguments like the "zombie argument," Frank Jackson's "knowledge argument," Thomas Nagel's "bat ...http://edwardfeser.blogspot.com/2014/12/progressive-dematerialization.html
When Popes Talk Science... THAT THE BONES YOU HAVE CRUSHED MAY THRILL - October 27, 2014 ... Person, Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word and so it annoys me when the Pope entertains theories , or places the Papal Seal of Approval upon theories which, when given a prominence and status they do not necessarily deserve, become so called 'facts' spoken of by a Pope. I find it a little inconsistent to maintain that certain truths revealed and handed down to us from the most trustworthy of Sources can be challenged, or 'debated' but certain theories are given infallible ...http://thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com/2014/10/when-popes-talk-science.html
Why Would Celibate Gay Men Cohabit? EST QUOD EST - October 20, 2014 ... seems to lead people to forget that their bodies are still male and they have the same fundamental hormones that heterosexuals do. Perhaps on the surface gay men exhibit feminine traits to attract other men. But having had some experience being around them, they remind me more of men who have not learned to control their male urges, and maybe they would rather not learn. Hence they form sexual relationships with other men so they don't have to. I'm sure this observation is very offensive to ...http://contrapauli.blogspot.com/2014/10/why-would-celibate-gay-men-cohabit.html
Shock and Awe CATHOLIC COMMENTARY - September 21, 2014 ... priest who drives what happens in a parish. I am atyp ical in that, not having lived in the diocese when I was young, I do not enjoy a strong affiliation to one parish rather than another. So I look to the new bishop to achieve a greater unity among the priests of the diocese, so that lay folk like myself can live a greater unity of ecclesial experience from one parish to another. A unity in the celebration of the Liturgy and catechetical life seem essential to me in this regard. A diversity ...http://rccommentary2.blogspot.com/2014/09/shock-and-awe.html
Can We Trust Natural Law? CATHOLIC SENSIBILITY - September 14, 2014 ... act out sexually? Let's turn back to Natural Law. Can we apply a hermeneutic of skepticism, and still be within the bounds of Christian orthodoxy? What does Natural Law mean, anyway? The online Catholic Encyclopedia has an entry , which reads in part: In English this term is frequently employed as equivalent to the laws of nature, meaning the order which governs the activities of the material universe. Among the Roman jurists natural law designated those instincts and emotions common to man ...http://catholicsensibility.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/can-we-trust-natural-law/
Labor FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK - August 31, 2014 ... characteristics that distinguish man from the rest of creatures, whose activity for sustaining their lives cannot be called work. ...man's life is built up every day from work, from work it derives its specific dignity, but at the same time work contains the unceasing measure of human toil and suffering, and also of the harm and injustice which penetrate deeply into social life within individual nations and on the international level. But the church considers ...http://stmichaelpastorsdesk.blogspot.com/2014/08/labor.html