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How to Think Like Huck Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer often get lumped together as middle-school books, 19th-century young-adult novels. After all, the two books share a central cast of characters and concern themselves with the often miscreant adventures of pre-teen boys. Yet Huckleberry Finn is a much more serious book, and it has […]

Mercy is a Person: Reflections on the Papal Bull “Misericordiae Vultus”

Pope Francis’ Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy may at first glance strike many as a bureaucratic document of little interest to Christians around the world. Reading the text of Misericordiae Vultus, though, makes it clear that this document is anything but unimportant. Francis has given us a beautiful meditation on the […]

No SNAP for You!

This post by Nathaniel Romano, SJ is also featured on The Jesuit Post. Seinfeld, once the anchor of NBC’s “Must-See TV,” gave us many memorable characters, including the so-called “Soup Nazi.” A temperamental restaurateur sells soup that is praised far and wide. However, he is very particular about how his customers must behave. Only the worthy […]

Is the Push for Same-Sex Marriage Based on the Sexual Revolution and the Spread of Libertarianism?

Can the sexual revolution take credit for the recent expansion of same-sex marriage, as some on the right have suggested? Is it purely the product of moral libertarianism that seeks to liberalize all laws regarding sexual conduct? Are Catholics capitulating to (or even embracing) the legalization of sexual license? Will this lead to increased support […]

My Longest Advent: An Easter Reflection

No, that is not a typo in the title. I am well aware that, liturgically speaking, we have long since concluded the Advent season and have now moved through Lent into the Easter season. As far as my heart and mind are concerned, however, Advent lingers on. Advent, of course, is a season of expectant […]

A Reason to Look at Taxes Differently This Year

“Only two things are certain in this life,” said Benjamin Franklin—“death and taxes.” And when this time of year rolls around, there are plenty of people who begin to wonder if they wouldn’t prefer the former to the latter. The headaches begin with organizing all the necessary forms, records, and paperwork. Then comes the aggravation […]

Beyond Textbooks: Awakening Students to the Transcendent

The modern world view, marked by a suspicion of anything not empirical, skeptical to the possibility of transcendence or mystery, is our age’s default perspective. What exists beyond the data points of observable human emotion and action? Our society has no answer. Modernity is the air we breathe, the language we use, the habits we […]

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