Dr. Jay Richards: Myths Christians Believe About Wealth and Poverty

Are economic systems part of a reality outside ourselves that can be studied and known or are they just reflections of our moral intuitions about the way things should be? What are the intellectual roadblocks that prevent us from thinking clearly about economics?

Dr. Jay Richards, Assistant Research Professor of Business & Economics at Catholic University of America, describes the four main myths that inhibit a clear understanding of economics in his talk “Myths Christians Believe About Wealth and Poverty.” Dr. Richards’ talk was sponsored by the Business Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. James Pauley: Today’s Declining Sacramental Practice: Catechetical Foundations for Recovery

Dr. Matthew Breuninger: Restored in Christ

How do I honestly address the wounds in my life? What are practical steps I can take toward healing? If Christ is the answer to healing why do I actually feel worse after praying?

Dr. Matthew Breuninger, Professor of Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks from personal experience to talk about woundedness, love, Christ, and healing in his talk entitled “Restored in Christ, A Theology of Healing: Called to be Healed, Healing Life’s Hurts.” Dr. Breuninger’s talk was part of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Daniel Mattson: Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay

Is God an ogre who wants gay people to suffer in lonliness? How is the dignity of being a child of God still evident in them? How does an evangelical in a same sex relationship end up reading John Paul II?

Daniel Mattson, Author of “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace,” shares how his search for happiness led him through pornography and a same sex relationship to embracing chastity and the Catholic Church in his talk entitled “Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay.” Mr. Mattson’s talk was part of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Sarah Swafford: Emotional Virtue

Dating is hard. In today’s world of social media it’s even harder. How do we deal with the emotional ups and downs of seeking a relationship in the era of social media?

Sarah Swafford, author of “Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships,” quotes one of the best pieces of advice she ever received, “You’re running around looking for someone to be your savior when you already have one,” and explains why a focus on seeking to grow in virtue, rather than being focused on our own happiness, is the key to finding happy and healthy relationships in her talk entitled “Emotional Virtue.” Ms. Swafford’s talk was part of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Sr. Bethany Madonna, S.V.: Receiving the Promise of a New Heart

We all long for an infinite love, a love that is stable, forever, and belongs to us alone. We have a Father who gives us this love, a Father who lavishes gifts upon us out of his overflowing, abundant, infinite love.

Sr. Bethany Madonna, S.V., Vocations Director for the Sisters of Life in Suffern, NY, discusses three gifts we need to learn to receive if we are to be healed from believing we are orphans: the gift of life, the gift of a new heart, and the gift of the kingdom in her talk entitled “Receiving the Promise of a New Heart.” Sr. Madonna’s talk was part of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Sources Sr. Bethany Madonna recommends in her talk:

Audrey Assad testimony at Focus Seek 2015: https://soundcloud.com/udreyssad/personal-witness

Matt Fradd for men: https://youtu.be/xhkRbsmCv1s

Dawn Eden Goldstein book: My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints https://www.amazon.com/My-Peace-Give-You-Healing/dp/1594712905

Documentary: Desire of the Everlasting Hills https://everlastinghills.org/movie/

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Dr. Benjamin Wiker — “In Defense of Nature” (Full Episode)

Dr. Wiker In Defense of Nature Part 3

In this Insight Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology,” debunks the notion that care for the environment is only for “liberal tree huggers” and situates it firmly within the Catholic understanding of virtue and the goodness of God’s creation.

Dr. Wiker In Defense of Nature Part 2

Can we talk about pollution of human nature in the same way as we talk about pollution of the environment? In this Insight Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Enviromental, Economic, and Moral Ecology,” explains how recent scientific data, for example in the area of pornography, give us a language that opens a path toward a common understanding of a big picture ecology that includes both the environment and human nature.

Dr. Wiker in Defense of Nature Part 1

In this Insight, Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “In Defense of Nature: The Catholic Unity of Environmental, Economic, and Moral Ecology,” argues that both the left, demanding enviromental protections, and the right, defending human dignity, are making the case that nature is intrinsically ordered and its inherent dignity should be protected and hopes that his book can help bring people together to embrace a fuller natural and moral ecology.

Dr. Wiker on the Reformation Part 3

What effect did the threat of Islamic invasion have on the Reformation? Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “The Reformation 500 Years Later: 12 Things You Need to Know,” describes how Luther’s view that the Islamic threat was punishment from God for corruption all the way to the highest ranks of the Church led to a short term vision. Luther thought the world was about to end and thus he was not concerned with the long term consequences of his words or actions. This expectation was one of the causes that made the Reformation a great splinter event in the Church rather than a true reformation.

Dr. Wiker on the Reformation Part 2

The history of the Church shows that disagreements, heresies, and reformations were present from the beginning. What was it about the early sixteenth century that allowed the Reformation to be something more? Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “The Reformation 500 Years Later: 12 Things You Need to Know,” explains how recognizing the causes of the Reformation on both sides can aide greater Christian unity today.

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Dr. Thomas Pfau: Newman’s Development of Doctrine: Tradition as a Form of Discernment

What role does tradition play in theological understanding? John Henry Newman’s appraisal of tradition as a form of development continues to be highly influencial.

Dr. Thomas Pfau, Professor of English at Duke University, contrasts Newman’s contention that tradition is necessary for inquiry with two prevalinging philosophies of his day, sentamentalism and historicism in his talk entitled “Newman’s Development of Doctrine: Tradition as a Form of Discernment.” Dr. John Crosby, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, offers a response, posing the question as to whether or not Dr. Pfau’s argument properly holds together Newman’s vision of revelation as including both truth and history. Dr. Pfau’s talk was sponsored by the English Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Thomas Pfau: Hopkins’ Faith: Visual Attention and Poetic Form in the Journals and Sonnets

What is visual attention? What role does visual attention play in conveying the dynamic qualities of objects around us? How is visual attention related to the Incarnation?

Dr. Thomas Pfau, Professor of English at Duke University, examines how Gerard Manley Hopkins’ concept of paying visual attention to the world around him inspired him to write a new kind of poetry in his talk entitled “Hopkins’ Faith: Visual Attention and Poetic Form in the Journals and Sonnets.” Dr. Pfau’s talk was sponsored by the English Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Christopher Maunder: Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in the Modern Catholic Church

How can we determine if a Marian apparition is worth our attention? What is the role of a visionary in a Marian apparition? What impact does the time and place of a Marian apparition have on its message?

Dr. Christopher Maunder, Senior Lecturer in Theology at York St. John University, discusses insights about Marian apparitions and visionaries gleaned from his studies of and visits to Marian apparition sites in Eurpoe in his talk entitled “Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in the Modern Catholic Church.” The apparitions discussed were featured in Dr. Maunder’s book “Our Lady of the Nations: Apparitions of Mary in 20th Century Europe” published by Oxford University Press in 2016. Dr. Maunder’s talk was sponsored by the Theology Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Donald Asci: The Gift of Human Sexuality

What does it mean to say human sexuality a gift? How does this gift point to our dignity as persons? How does this gift commission us to share with others the message of our human dignity?

Defining gift as an “unmerited golden opportunity” Dr. Donald Asci, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, explores the relationship between our dignity as “Imago Dei” and our sexuality in his talk entitled “The Gift of Human Sexuality.” Dr. Asci’s talk was the opening talk of the Gift of Human Sexuality Symposium at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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James Patrick Reid: Art and Transformation in Christ: Salvation in the Midst of the Earth

What is the purpose of art? How can we learn to read a painting by paying attention to the interaction of shape and color? How is the artist’s ordering of shape and color related to God’s providence?

James Patrick Reid, a New York City based artist and lecturer and a member of the Painting Center gallery in Manhattan, uses paintings from different eras and different styles to answer these questions in his talk entitled “Art and Transformation in Christ: Salvation in the Midst of the Earth.” Mr. Reid’s talk was sponsored by the Fine Arts Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Kathleen Hart: A Cut-And-Paste Country

Whether saint or scoundrel, famous or obscure, our lives are cut and pasted together with moments of joy and sorrow, grace and grace seeking, falling and rising again. Kathleen Hart, Poet and Innaugural Winner of the Jacopone da Todi Book Prize from Franciscan University Press, explores this “cut-and-paste” theme reflecting on historic figures and her own experiences in her prize winning book entitled “A Cut-and-Paste Country.”

In this poetry reading Ms. Hart offers several selections from her award winning book. Ms. Hart was a special guest of the English Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Michael Sirilla — “The Ideal Bishop” (Full Episode)

Father Donald Calloway — “Champions of the Rosary” (Full Episode)

Dr. Timothy Noone: St. Bonaventure’s Life and Work

Dr. Jay Hammond: St. Bonaventure and Mystical Union with the Trinity

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR: Homily: Mary, Mercy, and the Eucharist

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR: Homily: Losing Your Life To Save It

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR: Jerusalem Fire Rally

“God is clearly leading me.” – Fireside Chat with Father Mike Scanlan, TOR

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR: 40 Years of Household Life

Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Honored, Named President Emeritus

Fr Mike on Conferences | 40 Years of Steubenville Conferences

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, Catholic Charismatic Conference, 2010

Fr Mike Prays Over Conference Attendees

“The Pro-Life University” – Fireside Chat with Father Mike Scanlan, TOR

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR: Homily: Do Not Fear

Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR: Homily: Give Your Life to the Lord