Detail from 'The Apocalypse' by Luca Signorelli
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Advent and the Apocalypse

November 29, 2019 Carl E. Olson 3

Readings: • Is 2:1-5 • Ps 122: 1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 • Rom 13:11-14 • Mt 24:37-44 Advent is apocalyptic. Perhaps you’ve never thought of it in that way. But today’s readings are revealing. […]

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The thought and work of C.S. Lewis

November 22, 2019 Carl E. Olson 1

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the deaths of three famous and intriguing men: the author and agnostic Aldous Huxley; the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy; and the author and apologist, […]

'Christ Glorified in the Court of Heaven' (1428-30) by Fra Angelico [WikiArt.org]
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Faith, Hope, and Heaven

November 9, 2019 Carl E. Olson 1

Readings: • 2 Mc 7:1-2, 9-14 • Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 • 2 Thes 2:16-3:5 • Lk 20:27-38 “Let us put it very simply: man needs God, otherwise he remains without hope.” That statement […]

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The post-synodal stakes for the Church

October 31, 2019 Carl E. Olson 17

For those Catholics who still take seriously matters such as truth, clarity, doctrine, Scripture, Tradition, and so forth, the past month has been a perplexing combination of frustrating, maddening, and surreal. The recent Synod, which […]

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The heart and place of prayer

October 26, 2019 Carl E. Olson 1

Readings: • Sir 35:12-14, 16-18 • Psa 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 • 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18 • Lk 18:9-14 Prayer is one of those mysterious actions that everyone knows about—how many people can honestly say […]