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Lindsay reflects on her journey with the Apostleship of Prayer.
Hello, friends! My name is Lindsay Wilcox. I've been a friend of Geoffrey's for a few years now, and a blogger for many more over at Lindsay Loves. Geoffrey invited me to write a guest post here, a...
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The Agora of Athens was abuzz today with talk of the continued spread of advanced artificial storytelling technologies (A.S. for short) that promise to revolutionize every facet of human life and s...
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Over 250 million years ago, a poor little creature scurried along the bottom of an ancient and alien ocean. When the silt came down on it, it was extinguished in a single, horrifying instant. What ...
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Here's a dose of Catholic guilt for you, with extra Lenten snark mixed in! :D
Morning and evening prayer take about ten minutes to pray each. Night prayer takes less than five minutes. That's twenty-five minutes a day, tops. On average, people spend more time staring off bla...
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I believe that strong families are essential to the success of society as a whole. The government should encourage and support the formation of stable, loving families. Americans have made much progress, but much more remains to be done. People should not have to live in fear because of their love for one another.
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"But Catholics worship saints!"

Yes, yes, in fact, we do. And you probably do too whether you realize it or not. Let's take a look at the Old Testament and see what idolatry really means in the context of the culture and time period. Only then can we properly assess what does and does not constitute idolatry in the modern context.
We do not in fact worship statues, but rather the people they represent. We do this in the archaic sense of the term "worship," which means giving honor to someone, usually through a symbolic gestu...
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I haven't written much about the Catholic approach to sex lately. With all the renewed emphasis on Pope St. John Paul II's theology of the body as a catechism on human love, I thought it would be apropos to dust off an old essay of mine that was originally published as a two-parter several years back. 

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A friend and I recently had a discussion about sexual morality. She wanted to know what a thoughtful, Catholic approach to the subject might look like in the context of the modern world. I can make...
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What does your Church or parish do to celebrate Lent and Holy Week?
I recently contributed two articles to Austin Catholic New Media. The first article discusses the meaning of the Maronite Lenten readings, while the second article overviews some unique Maronite Ho...
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Oh yeah. Memes. Most people in the scientific community don't give it much credence yet. The guy who does these videos is really obsessed with stuff like the Singularity. I read a great counter manifesto the other day, which I've linked at the bottom.

The problem with saying ideas are viruses is the same with confusing any metaphor with actual reality. Ideas aren't bugs that infect us. We take them in, deliberate them, and assess how they make us feel. We even create them. 

A major issue I can see with the meme metaphor is that by treating ideas like diseases, it may be possible to persuade more people to get behind banning or greatly curtailing free speech. It's about deception, or in other words, it's a power game. Scroll down toward the bottom of the linked page for the manifesto. It goes into a lot more detail than a brief, disconnected Youtube comment ever could.

http://edge.org/conversation/one-half-a-manifesto
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Sunday is a great day to learn about and appreciate the beliefs and convictions of our neighbors. According to the Catholic Church, developing ecumenical understandings of other religions is an essential part of our duties as responsible disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Several of you know that I have a deep and abiding interest in Mormon studies and Mormonism's fascinating intertwinement with general American history. This interest has become more relevant in recent times with the direct involvement of the Mormon Church in the Vatican's Colloquim on the Family (transcript: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/transcript-president-eyring-addresses-vatican-summit-marriage). 

In the present post, author Chris Ogden presents a historical overview of the development of Mormon theology on the nature of God. This will hopefully be his first of many contributions. His style is friendly and clear. 

This is an essay you won't want to miss!
Guest Post by Chris Ogden I was born and raised a Mormon, and spent decades steeped in Mormon beliefs and doctrines. Although I am no longer a believer in Mormonism, I have a fondness and respect f...
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Like von Glasersfeld, I am a radical constructivist. I believe each person’s actual knowledge and thought processes are fundamentally unknowable to any other individual. We can only know what's on ...
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A great excerpt from St. Theophan the Recluse's writings on prayer.
Contemplation of God is the pious reflection on divine properties and actions, and about our necessary response to them.
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Geoffrey Miller is a catechist, cantor, and subdiaconate candidate at Our Lady's Maronite Catholic Parish in Austin, TX. He is also a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate. As a twenty-six-year-old graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos, he lives the evangelical counsel of poverty by force of circumstance, not by choice. When not consuming ramen noodles or writing papers, Geoffrey enjoys learning about theology, especially as it pertains to living out an authentic Catholic spirituality in the modern world. He also has one of the creepiest, most demented imaginations you will ever encounter.
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