For our own family this year we, like so many others, have struggled with profound loss, loss unsought, the loss of someone very dear to us. Pain, loss, and suffering comes in many sizes and shapes, forms seen and unseen by others, yet so very real, so very solid … even intimidating. Yet as the […]Read More a Savior
The need for sound knowledge of the faith, and how Blessed Newman is a good guide When we are faced with with disappointments and setbacks, questions with no answers, pain that seems to have no meaning, with the truly inexplicable … what then? The search for answers to the unanswerable, for meaning in our lives, […]Read More Knowledge Better Than Confusion
In the Catholic worldview there is simply no room for conflict between faith and science, between belief and reason. In fact, the very proposition that “faith is in conflict with science” makes about as much sense as saying that “gardening is in conflict with lunch”. Different, yet complementary domains with a common goal – no […]Read More The Expanding Universe
On July 5, 2018 our youngest daughter, Teresa Isabel, was unexpectedly called beyond the veil. Wife, young mother, daughter, sister and more. Here it is almost a month later, and I am still not quite ready to share public, written words. Those will come in time, but for now our son Gabe has graciously given permission to repost the brief eulogy he delivered at the Mass of Christian Burial for his sister.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
Deo gratias.Read More In Memory of Teresa Isabel
Scientific progress can be heady stuff – exciting, invigorating, even intoxicating, in a certain fashion. Imagine realizing some fundamental insights into the beginning of cosmos, as did Fr. Georges Lemaître with the Big Bang theory? Or perhaps peering inside the invisible world within a cell, as envisioned within this fascinating and beautiful animation?Read More Thinking Clearly: Humility and Scientific Inquiry
With Blessed Newman we ought to take a balanced, rational approach to knowledge. For scientific questions about the material world we primarily rely upon science and scientific methods. When the questions turn to the meaning of life and the supernatural, we confidently rely upon religious knowledge and methods.Read More Scientific Knowledge, Scientific Methods
Easter … for most any Christian Easter is a central event of the faith. Indeed as a Catholic goes deeper, we often begin to appreciate that most sublime yet shortest of the seasons, the Triduum – the three days – Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Full of meaning, replete with echoes of Heaven, showing the way for our lives, all centering around the death and … Resurrection … of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, our Lord.
Yet for those who are skeptics, who have either never shared any Christian faith, or who have drifted – or even ran – away, Easter is little more than overstuffed bellies, candy drenched bunnies and magical thinking … for these friends and family, could the whole mythos of Easter ever be anything more?Read More Easter and the Supernatural
For some time I’ve been fascinated by the progress that the folks at SpaceX have made in developing a genuine, modern approach to basic space flight.
But I think it’s time to just stand back and acknowledge the blindingly obvious … these men and women are in the midst of accomplishing something truly special. They are building a new capability to launch stuff into space, and probably even get it back again in one piece.
They’re not alone, but they are ahead.Read More Seriously Cool Space Dev
For those of us in St. Louis this weekend brings a great opportunity – the chance to explore, for free, the possibility of diving seriously farther into the faith by obtaining serious, meaty, thought provoking graduate level theology … in person, from excellent theologians, straight from the heart of the Church.Read More Ave Maria IPT – Open House Weekend!
I really appreciate almost everything I’ve learned via engineering – first through a couple of degrees, then by plying the trade for quite some time. Disciplined thinking, careful questioning of (most – but more on that in a moment) presuppositions, and perhaps the confidence to know when to quickly gather what you know, then project […]Read More The True, the Good, and the Beautiful … Part 1