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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I’m Moving To Houston – Starting at the Center for Thomistic Studies in Fall 2015

By Jon|May 27, 2015|Education, Personal|

In April of this year I was accepted to pursue doctoral studies at the only school I wanted to attend – The Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston, USA. I looked into the Angelicum (Rome), Leuven (Belgium) and others, but this program is one-of-a-kind uniquely focused in St. Thomas Aquinas – so I’m picking up where my interests left off in studies at Franciscan with the goal of teaching in a university.

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Head Transplants and Stuff Like That

By Jon|May 7, 2015|Empirical Science, Philosophy|

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be another person or “in their shoes,” you may have that option in the relatively near future. In February a head transplant procedure was announced, and now it has its first volunteer, despite the prediction that the operation will be ‘worse than death.’ Valery Spiridonov will bring take the debate from the hypothetical to the real. The 36-hour operation requires 150 doctors

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