What are the three conditions of the Human (Moral) Act?

  Photo by Martin Sattler on Unsplash Three conditions of the Human Act Human (moral) acts are acts which are chosen by exercising one’s free will as a consequence of a judgment of conscience. Human acts are moral acts because they express the good or evil when someone is performing them.[1] The morality of acts is defined by…

What is Man’s Final End?

    Thomistic ethics best answers this question on Man’s Final End and how we arrive at this conclusion from a Catholic perspective. Thomistic ethics begins with the end in mind; and defines happiness as knowing, loving and serving God. We know this as this corresponds with our natural faculties/ Reason which enables us to…

Lent and Holy Week 2018

I experienced many firsts this Lent. First Lenten bible study (Above All devotional by the Take Up and Read community), first time to a Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter church, and first adoration at the Altar of Repose from Maundy Thursday mass till midnight. Other notable highlights include my second talk on the signs and…

Does God Exist? A debate by Trent Horn and Raphael Lataster

For our final exam of the Apologetics course, we were asked to critique this debate, “Does God Exist”, organized by Parousia Media and the University of Sydney’s Catholic Student’s society. Parousia Media is founded by Charbel Raish. Trent Horn took the position that God exists, and Raphael Lataster took the opposite stand. * Trent presented four…

Spiritual Outlook in 2017/18

I am recounting my spiritual journey in 2017 as I resolve to do better in 2018! Liturgical Living I currently utilize the Verbum Dei Missionaries, Prayer For Living, and the Basilica of the National Shrine’s, Our Lady in Art 2017 Calendar, to stay abreast of the liturgical year. For 2018, I am will use the Our Lady in…

Most persuasive Theistic arguments for the existence of God

The theistic argument that is most powerful or persuasive to a person depends on their spirituality type. The cosmological arguments would probably appeal better to Thomistic types (like my husband), while the Augustinian types (like myself) may prefer the argument from desire and design. For the Thomists, the argument from contingency appears convincing as the…

Why we need apologetics

This was my response to our first assignment regarding the importance of apologetics in the life of the Christian. *** Apologetics is important to us Christians as we are in the business of saving souls (God is the ultimate judge, but we are each other’s helpmates). As Christians, we desire the beatific vision of God…

Faith and Reason

My husband and I had a debate a while back about the need for philosophy when studying theology. Or rather, whether one needs philosophy to understand God and His plan for us. He argued that both are necessary, while I naively professed that theology alone was adequate (based on the philosophy majors that I encountered in…