Question: “Why do no miracles occur nowadays?”

Question: “Why do no miracles occur nowadays?”

“Why, it is asked, do no miracles occur nowadays, such as occurred in former times?” wrote Saint Augustine of Hippo, who lived from 354 to 430 A.D.. This same question asked in the early 5th century is not so different from one asked by thousands of Christians throughout the world today. People often wish they…
Fackenheim’s Law and the Current Catholic Crisis

Fackenheim’s Law and the Current Catholic Crisis

First Things—The medieval Jewish sage Maimonides counted 613 commandments, or mitzvot, in the Law that God gave his people, Israel. The 20th-century Jewish philosopher Emil Fackenheim, who escaped the Nazis’ genocidal clutches and devoted part of his scholarly life to pondering the moral meaning of the Holocaust, formulated what he called the 614th commandment: Give…
A Road Map for Deepening our Catholic Faith in 2010

A Road Map for Deepening our Catholic Faith in 2010

 If you are like most people, it is very likely you have made at least one New Year’s resolution to kick off 2010.  The typical list may include losing weight, quitting smoking, drinking less and exercising more.  Sound familiar?  But, how often do we make firm resolutions to help us become better Catholics?  What can…
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