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In praise of God's follyMichael Pakaluk

I want to convince you that folly is real, and that Christ gives us the remedy for it. Folly or foolishness is deplored by Our Lord. Remember the man who filled up his silos with grain, and planned on ...

Progress and the spread of Christianity Michael Pakaluk

Which of these two scenarios do you tend to believe, or regard as nearest to the truth? Scenario one: We have not yet seen the full flourishing of Christianity. The Christian faith, mainly through the ...

Newman -- Prophet of the Great ApostasyMichael Pakaluk

A "biglietto," in Italian, is a ticket or card. In May 1879, a messenger from the Vatican Secretary of State brought a message to a 78-year-old English priest, written on a biglietto, that the priest ...

Monuments to good teaching Michael Pakaluk

If you have been to Edinburgh, Scotland, or seen photographs, you are probably familiar with the view from Calton Hill on the east end of Princes Street, looking past the North British Hotel to the castle ...

On the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the FamilyMichael Pakaluk

I do not understand how the destruction of something serves to improve it. Or how an intention which leads to the establishment of an institution, can survive the destruction of that institution. Or even ...

Reflections on the Blandensburg Cross Michael Pakaluk

Is it too much to ask a court which must make a judgment to get straight the facts about which it judges? Let's begin with a cross which marks a soldier's grave. It has multiple functions. First, it ...

Giving up in LentMichael Pakaluk

During Lent, we devote ourselves more intently to prayer, mortification, and almsgiving. Here are some ideas for Lenten discipline, which holy persons have recommended to me. 1. Give up something you ...

Philanthropy Michael Pakaluk

The late Harvard philosopher, Robert Nozick, used to say that he lost his commitment to the continued existence of the human race after he studied the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust, he said, it was ...