The Human Person: A Drive Toward God

Second in a series

Many years ago, my bishop asked me to go to graduate school so that I could teach in a college seminary which he was then planning. If he had given me a choice which subject I should obtain a doctorate in, I would have chosen theology rather than philosophy. In fact, I recall a classmate expressing his sadness to me that the bishop had chosen philosophy.

A God Who Liberates

EVERY SPRING SEMESTER two of the philosophy courses that I teach at St. John’s University are titled “Personalism” and “The Problem of God

Living in the Midst Of Mystery

Fifth and final in a series

I HAVE JUST finished taping 24 lectures on the Catholic novel that are now available on NET-TV and YouTube. I found the process of taping the shows over the last six months demanding, but ultimately very rewarding, educational and even inspiring. Doing the shows was another experience of the truth of the saying, “If you become a teacher, by your students you will be taught.

Great Art Reveals What Is Real

Fourth in a series

IN WRITING THIS series of columns about art and literature, I have been tapping into a lifetime of experiences in literature, theater, film and other works of art. For me, it has been a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Is the Experience of Art Subjective?

Recently a friend of mine, who is an art critic, mentioned to me that he thought the experience of art is a subjective experience. I immediately disagreed. His use of the word “subjective” set off a train of thoughts in my mind.

The Nature of Art

BEFORE I SAT down to write this column, I went to my filing cabinet and took out a piece of ancient history. It is a term paper that I co-authored 65 years ago with two of my classmates in our last year of college and our second year in the major seminary in Huntington.

The Journey And Adventure of Holy Week

I HAVE ALWAYS loved Holy Week. As I anticipate the next few days, I am recalling some experiences that I have had of Holy Week in years past. All are fond memories.  

Grace and Community

I think being Catholic affords me the opportunity to experience community at the deepest level, to influence others in the most radical way and to be influenced by others in the most radical way.

Technology and Faith Tell Story of Christ’s Tomb

The National Geographic Museum exhibit, “Tomb of Christ: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience,” serves as an immersive tour of the ancient church built on the site where Christ is believed to have been crucified and buried.

Mutual Care Is the Essence of Community

First in a series

A FEW YEARS ago in the parish at which I celebrate Sunday Eucharist, a few parishioners formed a committee to create programs to help make the parish more of a community. I admire their interest and commitment and I am surprised at how much success they have had.