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Patriotism or Peace? Part 2

Pro Deo et Patria The atomic bomb changed everything. Not only did it bring the war in the Pacific to decisive end, but in doing so, had also signaled to the Soviet Union that the United States was not power with which to trifle. With the global realignment into the democratic and capitalist oriented West […]

Patriotism or Peace? Thomas Merton and the Catholic Church’s Pilgrimage to Pacem in Terris

By John Gillespie, M.Ed., MLA In August, 1945, as the atomic fallout was settling over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American President Harry Truman announced to a victorious nation: “We thank God that it [the atomic bomb] has come to us, instead of our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it […]

An Existential Evaluation

If you have ever wondered why you exist, or if you had a purpose in the world—if there was a place in this complex universe designed specifically for you—congratulations! You’re human. Wondering about the meaning of life, and about your place in the universe is sometimes referred to as an existential crisis. But since it’s a […]

Groping For God: How the Greeks Anticipated the Coming of Christ

By James Chaisson In the gospel of John, we read about some Greeks who come to Philip and ask to see Jesus. Rumors and news about Christ have been circulating and these men are longing to make his acquaintance. The text says: “Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some […]

Dante’s Dalliance with the History of Language

by Christine Norvell As a scholar and writer, Dante Alighieri intentionally published a number of works in everyday Italian. Though this was most unusual for medieval writers who favored Latin, he felt this commonality of language would broaden his audience and perhaps strengthen the superiority of the Italian language. He may have had an ulterior […]