“I’m Spiritual But Not Religious…”

Jon/ April 6, 2016/ Culture, Religion

Lately, I’m all about getting to the root of catchy phrases that have serious implications behind them. While we don’t see these sort of assemblies around and probably never will…the video, intentionally or not, does make a powerful point I made here: that even when people seem independent in a new way- its human nature to want and have friends. So as

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“Don’t Judge!” ….Can We Judge Intentions?

Jon/ March 23, 2016/ Philosophy

(Just a note, I am writing this article partly for my own benefit and so, please don’t ‘judge’ it according to full academic standards. That’s not my purpose here; it is, however, to speak philosophy in layman’s terms) “Don’t judge!” We’ve all heard it, but what does it mean, and why do people say it so often?  I think what is

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G.K.’s New Year’s Advice

Jon/ January 1, 2016/ Politics, Quotes

“The man of the true religious tradition understands two things: liberty and obedience. The first means knowing what you really want. The second means knowing what you really trust.” – G. K. Chesterton’s Weekly, August 18, 1928 But isn’t it more noble and good to exercise of freedom to discover what our ancestors have on our own ability? I think theoretically

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Merry Christmas!

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

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Exaggeration of Postmodern Style Education

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

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Beginning in Houston

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

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A Better Part Of Chicago – Cantius

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

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Chicago Will Miss Father Barron As He Moves To LA

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

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