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IDEAS is a section of our Holy-Rosary website devoted items of interest to contemporary Catholics who wish to deepen their understanding of their faith and practice.


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Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store, Though foolishly he lost the same, Decaying .....

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This, my beloved Brethren, is a sentence which is seldom reflected on with that serious attention which its importance requires. It is generally supposed that salvation is .....

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It is a subject of general astonishment and regret that the English-speaking Catholic has never been presented with a translation of the sermons of Massillon. The applause .....

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On this solemnity of the Chair of Saint Peter, we have the joy of gathering around the altar of the Lord together with the new Cardinals whom yesterday I incorporated into the College of Cardinals .....

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Didache is the Greek word for “teaching.” The full title — The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles — emphasizes the fact that the contents of this ancient Christian handbook are .....

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The earliest written mention of the Eucharist is in the First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. There he is warning .....

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Previously I’ve written about the Sermon on the Mount and statements in Saint Paul about weakness and strength; and then I tackled the question of who, ultimately, is handicapped when .....

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My acquaintance with Jane goes back now many years. She has Down’s syndrome and she also suffers from congenital heart disease. So if you put her into a category she is called mentally handicapped. She is also .....

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I am sure not a year passes without Christians reading or hearing these words of Jesus. You will remember that Matthew records them slightly differently – for instance, he writes .....

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I would like to tell you about how the L’Arche community began and spread over the world. In the 1960s my brother Jean was working on a doctorate in Paris with the intention of coming back to teach .....

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In the new English version of the Mass, a striking phrase occurs in the Apostles’ Creed, which in Canada is said almost every Sunday. Over the last few decades, we have been saying .....

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The subject of faith is one especially suggested to our minds by the event which we this day commemorate, and the great act of grace of which it was .....

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It is an axiom of literature and the cinema that bad characters are more interesting than good. What would Vanity Fair be without Becky Sharp or Batman without the Joker? It follows that .....

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Those modern theologians who insist that Christianity is not in doctrines, but in spirit, commonly fail to notice that they are exposing themselves to a test more abrupt and .....

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This preview issue is designed to lure its readers into subscribing to a new bimonthly magazine that will be launched officially early next year. A subscription includes membership in .....

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There is no more dangerous or disgusting habit than that of celebrating Christmas before it comes. It is the very essence of a festival that .....

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In most respects this is an admirably successful biography. The reader must marvel at how much information Marchand has been able to compile about his subject, from books and papers and from .....

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If there is no frigate like a book, and no riding more enjoyable than a printed page, then here is God’s plenty. And if the .....

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Generalizing and of-coursing are procedures all too frequently used by producers of theses. “Spenser,” they will say, “was, of course, in the school of Gower and .....

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In an interesting “Mermaid Inn” column in the Toronto Globe and Mail (21 Jan. 1984), my colleague Derrick de Kerckhove suggested that Marshall McLuhan could be one of the best answers to .....

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The first test of Thomas’s spiritual life was a severe challenge to his vocation when he was nineteen years old. Although Thomas had been born in the mountain castle of Roccasecca and nurtured in the Abbey of Monte Casino, it was .....

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Most of us are not unfamiliar with the name of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-74). Some of us may know about his theology .....

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Having given the necessity for the incarnation of the World, the Evangelist then shows the advantage men gained from that incarnation. First, he shows .....

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SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS wrote full commentaries on many books of the Bible: Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Matthew, John, the Letters of Paul, and .....

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THE CATECHISM is attractively produced. It is also well written. But the feature that will initially strike the reader is its .....

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THE ENGLISH VERSION of the Catechism appeared more than a year after the French. The difficulty was with the translation that .....

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THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH is a massive achievement. It follows the Fathers and scholastics and its celebrated Tridentine predecessor in its fourfold structure .....

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Let me begin with an incident which took place soon after the Second Vatican Council (1962-65). The Council had opened for .....

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The french have a word for it: haute vulgarisation, i.e., making the results of advanced scholarship available to the general public. .....

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Glance at any catalogue of saints and you will be struck at how few of them were married. There are Mary and Joseph, of course, but their .....

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