Happiness

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Christians are sometimes criticized for evangelizing. We are told that atheists never knock on doors or seek to impose their viewpoint on others – never mind the constant ...

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Transubstantiation

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Did you know that the terminology “transubstantiation” is actually a metaphysical concept borrowed from Aristotelian categories? Aquinas coined the phrase to capture ...

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Names of the Eucharist

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Have you ever wondered why there are various names for the Eucharist? We hear it called, “Sacrifice” “Eucharist,” “Communion,” and “Viaticum.” Aquinas ...

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Consubstantiation?

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Many of our Protestant brothers and sisters have accepted, following Luther, the notion of consubstantiation, which means they understand the bread and wine to remain along ...

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Do Angels Exist?

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Aquinas has a quite reasonable approach to the existence of angels. His foundation is built upon proof that God exists. Once God is accepted as existing, the existence of ...

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Confession

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Did you know that Aquinas considered penance a virtue? Much as Lord Sebastian Flyte in Evelyn Waugh’s 20th Century novel Brideshead Revisited comments that being a ...

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Materialism

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. In modern Western culture we have embraced a militant materialism that imbues “the principle of having over being, of things over the person” to paraphrase Pope St. John ...

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Natural Law

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. We all have heard of the natural law, but for most it sounds like an ethereal myth sometimes referred to by philosophers. It is actually grounded in every day experience. ...

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Natural Law 2

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. What is the natural law? Thomas highlights 4 precepts following Cicero. One of those precepts is self-preservation. When you got up this morning, did you eat breakfast? ...

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Natural Law 3

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. We have been discussing the natural law in our recent commentaries and again wish to focus on the 4th precept of the natural law that Thomas elucidates. It is living in ...

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