Merry Christmas!

By Jon|December 28, 2015|Culture|

It is possible: Christmas music that is both comical but [mostly] sublime. Enjoy! Over 2000 years ago, before the birth of Christ, the poet Virgil wrote this: Ultima Cumaei venit iam carminis aetas; magnus ab integro saeclorum nascitur ordo. Iam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna; iam nova progenies caelo demittitur alto. Tu modo nascenti puero, quo ferrea primum desinet ac toto surget gens aurea mundo, casta fave Lucina: tuus iam

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Exaggeration of Postmodern Style Education

By Jon|November 13, 2015|Education|

Modern education here refers to a style of “education”, not the institutions that exist in modern day. This style of education claims less and less often that there is a correct answer to anything outside of math problems. As an example, a friend posted a video that exaggerates the irrationality. While things are clearly not this devolved, the logic is already present. But Jon! We should question everything? Sure, just make

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Beginning in Houston

By Jon|September 17, 2015|Personal|

Its been nearly four weeks since arriving in Houston and I consider myself ‘settled in’ as you might say. That’s me in the chair… Well maybe not that settled in but I took the picture at your local watering hole. Let’s get the smalltalk out of the way – to all those who complain about the heat without even being here or who were telling me I was going to die

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A Better Part Of Chicago – Cantius

By Jon|August 5, 2015|Personal|

Having lived in Chicago for four years now, I can honestly say after all the bars and beaches, festivals and forest preserves, ethnic cuisine and enthusiastic government workers that my favorite place is Saint John Cantius Church. I heard about the parish when I was a freshman at Franciscan University and thought, “If I ever move to Chicago, I know where I’ll be going to Mass.” It turned out to

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Chicago Will Miss Father Barron As He Moves To LA

By Jon|July 21, 2015|News Commentary|

In the last 6 months I’ve become more and more thankful that Fr. Barron was the rector of the largest major seminary in the United States. It seemed like an excellent fit for him because of his ability to understand the concerns and questions of the college-aged and to share his tools and talents for the new evangelization with priests-to-be.  Now however it seems he is being called to Los Angeles

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Latin Summer 2015 (Aestiva Milvauchiae Latinitas MMXV)

By Jon|July 17, 2015|Language, Personal|

So what am I up to these days before heading down to Texas? Not that any of you caaaare… but I’ve been spending most of my time with a one-of-a-kind fellow named Reginald Foster – studying Latin. He has a unique style that is geared less towards grammatical explanations and more towards speaking, reading and writing the language from 12-8pm six days a week. Here’s a bit more about him: The

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Whither, Hither, Thither in English, Greek and Latin

By Jon|July 15, 2015|Language|

I’ve been studying Latin more in depth this summer and have come once again to those adverbs and pronouns of place. I thought it would be useful to (some) other people and for my own purposes to compare the main ones across the three languages. So if you are bored by the kind of stuff you will likely never use in conversation…find another article. The two words above are interrogative, meaning

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If It Can’t Be Never, Perhaps Its Better

By Jon|June 27, 2015|News Commentary|

The Supreme Court’s ruling has been discussed at great length. The way I see it, the ruling has disastrous consequences for society. Whether it is constitutional or not, future generations will suffer, not by some immediate divine chastisement as surely some religious groups will in panic claim, but rather by the natural consequences of holding up bad behavior as if it were good. Whether people like it or not, the

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