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Existentialism

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. I have often argued that our culture is existentialist in its ethical outlook. Basically, following Nietzsche and Sartre, existentialism says that people are moral ...

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Custom

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Nietzsche once claimed he planned to transvalue all values. In the modern world, that transvaluation should be done by the Catholic Church, as its morality is truly counter ...

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Unjust Laws

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Given the recent passage of an unjust “gay marriage” law by the Supreme Court, it is pertinent to look at what Thomas calls an unjust law. Thomas defines law as a ...

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Rights

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. We often hear “rights” language in everyday discourse. “I have a right to a just wage” or “I have a right to marry who I like.” Rarely, do we ask what rights ...

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Virtue ethics

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Aquinas, following Aristotle, says that virtue is a state of character consisting in the choice of the mean as made by the practically wise man. Basically, a virtue is a ...

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Nature Defined

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Thomas defines nature as an “internal principle of motion.” A principle is a starting point and motion is simply movement. One way to see this is in the sex drive. A man ...

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Resident Thomist Changes

This is your resident Thomist bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. When I was formally studying philosophy and theology, I read the words of Pope Leo XIII, who in reorienting the Church back to Thomas Aquinas, said that Aquinas’ writing ...

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Fatima 100

This is your Resident Thomist, bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. 2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Fatima apparitions that occurred to 3 peasant children in Portugal. In honor of this great event in church history, we will be ...

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Mary – The Angelic Salutation

This is your Resident Thomist, brining you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. “Hail, full of grace!” No human was ever worthy of such words from an angel, until the Virgin Mary, perfect in virtue and preserved from sin through the merits of her ...

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Mary – Destroyer of Heresy

This is your Resident Thomist, bringing you a minute from the Bellowing Ox. Thomas called Mary, as the bearer of the Word Incarnate, the “seat of Wisdom.” Wisdom literally sat within her. Christ told us He was “the way, the truth, and the ...

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