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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 fallacious attitude of all worldly media or educational elites that being Christian means one

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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 what exactly happens at the moment the priest says, “This is my body.” So what is substance? From its Latin

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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 relates that the various names are fittingly applied because they all signal some significant meaning for the Eucharist. It is

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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 with Christ’s body and blood at the moment of consecration. Thomas raises a number of arguments

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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 angels is not difficult to imagine as the perfection of the universe requires

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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 Catholic means he knows guilt, Thomas says that knowing that something is wrong and repenting of

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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 Paul II. People with large families are often criticized for being beneficent with life.

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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. One of the precepts of the natural law that Thomas mentions is

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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? Ever heard a bump in the night, and with heart pounding, prepared to hide or

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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 society and knowing the truth about God. Plato iterates that no

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