Douglas P. McManaman is a Deacon and a Religion and Philosophy teacher at Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy in Markham, Ontario, Canada. He is the past President of the Canadian Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He maintains the following web site for his students: A Catholic Philosophy and Theology Resource Page.
Where you are headed is just as much defined by "where not to go" as it is by "where to go". We live in a broken world; fetal body parts are for sale, men are leaving their wives and children for the younger looking woman at the office, countless men are addicted to Internet pornography, people are selling their souls for financial security, but so many are smitten by Pope Francis' message of love because many of them really believe that because he speaks generally and does not get down to specifics that the specifics don't matter.
Date posted: 2015-10-12
Only when the deaf man was alone with Christ did healing take place. It's not enough to be in a crowd of believers, standing on the coat tails of their faith, so to speak. You have to go off to be alone with Christ; you have to come to know him and know yourself through his eyes.
Date posted: 2015-09-12
The world prefers cheap grace; in fact, it prefers everything cheap, at the lowest cost possible. For some things, such as food, clothing, and housing, this is reasonable; resources are scarce. For other things, however, we best keep in mind that "you get what you pay for", as the saying goes.
Date posted: 2015-05-30
Just as the Mass is the actual Sacrifice of the Cross mystically made present in the here and now every time Mass is said, in a similar way this drama is the story of man; it is the story of man's contempt for the truth, played out in every age.
Date posted: 2015-04-02
Many people of the 70s generation were deceived by a false understanding of sin. It was thought that talk of sin was negative. A whole generation was brought up on that deficient Catechesis, one that left sin almost entirely out of the picture.
Date posted: 2015-02-23
Death is our final act; it becomes a holy act, a final and definitive prayer in fact, when we join our suffering and our death to the suffering and death of Christ. At death, we get to exercise our office of priesthood in the act of dying, by offering ourselves and our entire life to God.
Date posted: 2015-02-19
Becoming the most popular teacher is simply a matter of personality, not character; it is so easy in fact that it is a wonder that no one has thought of it before. Say 'yes' to your students, always, in every circumstance, till the very end of the semester.
Date posted: 2015-02-08
There is only a very tiny sphere in which what is made available to an individual is sufficient to make valid inferences. One of the most important conditions most conducive to mutual understanding and human progress is the awareness of the profound limitations that matter and sense perception impose on human knowing.
Date posted: 2015-02-02