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Thinking with the Church – Mysticism and Magisterium Part I of VI

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Editor’s Note:  Today, we are honored to introduce to you Father Angelo Geiger, who has written extensively on Marian theology and spirituality, and has been published in such publications as “Inside the Vatican” and “Catholic World Report” (online).  We are particularly pleased to note that he is our first writer out of the Franciscan tradition. We are blessed he has agreed to write for us.  Please... Read More

What is God’s Opinion on Plastic Surgery? (Part II of II)

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In our first post, we looked at the moral matrix and dimensions that this question poses.  In today’s post, we’ll look at the spiritual motivations for having plastic surgery and what this means for the integral dignity of the person considering it. …a reader asks: Q:  I was wondering what is God’s opinion on plastic surgery. I didn’t know if there was any information in the catechism, Bible, or... Read More

What is God’s Opinion on Plastic Surgery? (Part I of II)

March 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Fr. Bartunek, Moral Issues

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Q:  I was wondering what is God’s opinion on plastic surgery. I didn’t know if there was any information in the catechism, Bible, or something said by a saint on this matter. I personally have struggled with wanting to have it but, I don’t want to offend our Lord. I’m hoping you might know the answer. Thanks in advance! A:  As far as I know, the topic of plastic surgery was never broached explicitly in... Read More

Theology and Contemplative Prayer

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Contemplation needs scientific theology and theologians need contemplation.  Historically, contemplatives who have presumed otherwise unwittingly submitted themselves and those they influenced to all kinds of demeaning irrationality.   At the same time, whenever theologians believe they can conduct their investigations without prayer, their body of scholarship becomes less capable of building up the holiness of the Church.  We... Read More

What is Spiritual Theology?

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What is Spiritual Theology?  There is a lot of diverse opinions on this topic.  Probably the best explanation is provided by Jordan Aumann, O.P., in his well known Spiritual Theology.   To best understand the conversation that he introduces, it is important to note that all the branches of theology, as a disciplined study of sacred doctrine, constitute just one unified science.  This is true even if this single scientific... Read More

Pope Benedict on Mystical Experiences

August 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Dan Burke, Mystical Experience

Pope Benedict on Mystical Experiences

by Jimmy Akin Thursday, December 02, 2010 Right now in his weekly catecheses, Pope Benedict is giving a series of meditations on female saints from the Middle Ages. Many of them are mystics, and in the first meditation—on St. Hildegard of Bingen—he offers his thoughts on some of the marks of a genuine mystic. He states: During the years when she was superior of the Monastery of St Disibodenberg, Hildegard began to dictate the... Read More

Should I read or consume non-Catholic devotional or bible study materials?

Dear Dan, should I read or use non Catholic devotional or bible study materials? This is a very important question. There are other cousin questions that follow the same line of concern. “Should I attend non-Catholic bible studies?” “Should I read protestant commentaries on scripture?” Before I answer this I must make one thing abundantly clear. An Important Disclaimer I am in no way anti-protestant or anti-anyone for... Read More

Why not integrate teachings of other religions with Catholic spirituality?

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Dear Father John, the Church has clearly taught that there is truth and good in other religions – so why then is it a problem to integrate the truths found in prayer traditions outside of Christianity with Christian prayer methods? This is a great question, especially for today’s world, in which religious tolerance is spoken about by so many different groups (though not all) as a universal value. Sometimes we can confuse openness... Read More

How can I learn more about the early Christian Fathers?

November 13, 2011 by  
Filed under Apologetics, Books, Church Teaching, Dan Burke, Resources

Dear Dan, I saw your conversion story on EWTN’s Journey Home Program and I am very interested in learning more about the Fathers of the Church. I am a protestant and do have a personal relationship with Christ but I am trying to better understand more about the early Church. Thanks in advance for your assistance. A: It was a joy to do the show and even more so to engage in the behind-the-scenes conversations with so many... Read More

My spiritual director has recommended centering prayer, what should I do?

Dear Dan, I have recently sought the guidance of a Spiritual director which I would say was greatly influenced by your and Fr. John’s suggestions. My concern is that my Spiritual Director has suggested Centering Prayer. I’d appreciate it if you can share your thoughts on that. Thanks. First things first – I am greatly encouraged by your steps toward deepening your faith through spiritual direction! With respect... Read More

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