Fate and Free Will

Defining the concepts and examining arguments favoring each as the dominant force in human life.

Suggestions for Lenten Prayer, Fasting, and Alms-Giving

This article was originally published on quora.com as an answer to the question “How can I observe Lent this year.” Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving in preparation for the passion and resurrection of Christ. So, when we think of how to observe Lent, we should think of how to best prepare ourselves…

An Easter Sunday Reflection

Published in WERE OUR HEARTS NOT BURNING WITHIN US? Lenten Book of Reflections for the Church of St. Catherine of Siena in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Why the Holidays Are Happy

Every year in December, people of the Jewish faith all over the world celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of light. During these eight blessed days they remember the glorious miracle of the Menorah at the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The Menorah remained lit for eight days with only one day’s supply of oil. On December 25,…

Why doesn’t the Bible mention dinosaurs and cavemen?

Here is the full question from my student: In Christian teaching, the Bible mentions God creating man, trees, light, and so on. Why does the Bible not mention Dinosaurs and cavemen? While many creatures created by God are mentioned throughout the Bible, not every living being is listed by name. The answer to this question…

As News Consumers Age, Newspapers Continue Death March

I was shocked earlier this week when someone told me about a 39-year-old person who reads the newspaper every morning. I’m 40, and I haven’t picked up a newspaper in … well, I can’t really remember. I tried to rationalize by imagining that this person must look at each article and say, “I saw that…