Challenged by the Secular Humanistic Philosophy

At the beginning of this semester at St. John’s University, I began the courses I teach the way I have begun them for several years. I gave two or three lectures on the philosophy of secular humanism (often called atheistic or agnostic humanism). The reason I begin every course by explaining secular humanism is because I believe it to be the philosophy held by many intellectuals in our society. 

In Relation to Us, God’s Mercy and Love Are Infinite

As I have been re-reading Michael Himes’ “Doing the Truth in Love: Conversations about God, Relationships and Service,” (New York: Paulist Press, 1995, 152 pp., $12.95) and reflecting on the wonderful insights that Father Himes presents, I have found that almost everything Michael has written, and every comment I have made about what he has written, can easily be related to the mystery of the Eucharist. 

Father Michael Himes and ‘The Beatific Vision’

I think I first heard the words “the beatific vision” in grammar school, and it was used to name the experience we will have of God in heaven. I do not recall what grade I was in when the teacher used the words, but I do recall having an image of a gigantic screen, something like a movie screen, and all of us in heaven would be looking at that screen which somehow had an image of God on it.

‘Cabrini’ Is an Incredible, and True, Story of a Great Saint

About a week ago a friend called me to tell me that she had just seen the film “Cabrini.” She said that the film was so great that she would be willing to see it again almost immediately. I knew immediately that this was a film that I had to see. 

The Cross Could Be The Total Gift of Ourselves

Re-reading Michael Himes’ excellent book “Doing the Truth in Love: Conversations about God, Relationships and Service” (New York: Paulist Press, 1995, 152 pp., $12.95) has been an exceptionally interesting experience for me. Because my vocation as a priest has led me to be a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, I do a great deal of reading. 

Loving Unselfishly Proves The Existence of God

Re-reading Michael Himes’ “Doing the Truth in Love: Conversations About God, Relationships and Service” (New York: Paulist Press, 1995, 152 pp.) has been a very thought-provoking experience, perhaps even more provocative than my first reading of the book. I think Michael received the award for best teacher at the University of Notre Dame in two successive years. 

Michael Himes Changed My Views on Sacraments & God

Michael Himes was one of my favorite contemporary Catholic theologians. I met Michael when he was 14 years of age and had just graduated from grammar school. I had been a priest for about a month at that time. 

Every Single Person Is Born With a Radical Need of God

I confess that I have felt a little insecure writing this series of columns based on the thoughts of psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. Because I am neither a psychologist nor a psychiatrist, I was concerned about whether I was interpreting Frankl’s thoughts accurately, but I considered his insights so excellent that I wanted to take a chance and share them with others. 

The Existential Vacuum Is The Neurosis of the Present

Rereading Viktor Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” (Simon and Schuster, A Clarion Book, 145 pp.) has been a very enlightening experience for me. I was recently stunned by his description of a societal problem that he wrote about more than 60 years ago.

Searching for the Meaning of Life, the Meaning of God

Re-reading Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” (Simon and Schuster, A Clarion Book, 1959, 145 pp.) has been a really interesting experience for me. The book is challenging me to reflect on how important I believe meaning to be in my life and in the life of others. I have come up with an imaginary example that I think may help to illustrate the crucial role that meaning should play in everyone’s life.