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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Jonathan Reyes: Christ in Civil Society: Education in the Evangelization of Culture

Jonathan Reyes, Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivers his talk entitled “Christ in Civil Society: The Intersection of Higher Education and Social Concerns in the Evangelization of Culture.” Mr. Reyes’ talk was part of the Challenging the Secular Culture Conference, sponsored by the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
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The Christmas Miracle

I picture him as a tall Texan, his outsize appearance easily eclipsing everything in sight, save only the immense shrine that he and a busload of tourists have come to Rome to see.  And then, throwing up his hand at the end of an exhausting exploration of the world’s most beautiful basilica, I hear him asking the expert guide the one thing he’s come all this way to know:

How much does it weigh?

I love that story.  In fact, I imagine him wandering endlessly about the Eternal City in witless search of answers to all sorts of endearingly absurd questions.  The Coliseum, for instance, about which he would surely want to know, “Why wasn’t it finished?”  Or the Pantheon, whose opening in the ceiling would have utterly mystified him.  “What’s the point of a dome unless you’re going to close the freaking thing?”

As a species of reductionism, however, revealing the mindset of a man for whom the merit of anything can best be measured by the ton, it is priceless.  One thinks of C.S. Lewis skewering that fellow in one of his books because, in surveying the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean, he can only imagine it as raw material for cornering the salt market.  Reductionism, as someone once said, is the sin of seeing the pearl as the oyster’s mistake.

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Rocco Buttiglione — A Note on Phenomenology

Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of Political Science at Saint Pius V University, gives a brief definition of phenomenology in this excerpt from his talk, “Beyond Descartes: Intersubjectivity as Ground of Knowledge of the Self”.  Mr. Buttiglione’s talk was part of the Annual Edith Stein Lecture Series, sponsored by the Philosophy Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. D. Paul Sullins—Gay Parenting and the Conjugal Ideal: Implications for Research

Fr. D. Paul Sullins, Associate Professor of Sociology at Catholic University of America, delivers his talk entitled “Gay Parenting and the Conjugal Ideal: Implications for Research”.  Fr. Sullins’ talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Maggie Gallagher—Marriages: The Challenges Ahead

Maggie Gallagher, author of the book “Debating Same-Sex Marriage”, discusses the challenges facing the defense of traditional marriage in this excerpt from her talk entitled “Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead”.  Ms. Gallagher’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Maggie Gallagher—Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead

Maggie Gallagher, author of the book “Debating Same-Sex Marriage”, delivers her talk entitled “Marriages: The Challenges Behind, The Challenges Ahead”.  Ms. Gallagher’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Karen Wood — America’s Obsession with Youth

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, discusses American’s obsession with youth in this excerpt from her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Karen Wood — The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America

Karen Wood, Visiting Instructor of Sociology at Benedictine College, delivers her talk entitled “The Social Construction of Youth Culture in America: How the Roots and Values of Popular Culture Run Counter to the New Evangelization”.  Ms. Wood’s talk was part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

John Garvey — The Gift of the Holy Spirit as Con-natural

John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, describes the nature of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in this excerpt from his talk, “John Henry Newman and Catholic Education”.  Mr. Garvey’s talk was part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

John Garvey — John Henry Newman and Catholic Education

John Garvey, President of the Catholic University of America, delivers his talk, “John Henry Newman and Catholic Education”.  Mr. Garvey’s talk was part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey — Liquid Modernity: A Result of Increasing Rates of Societal Change

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey, Professor of Sociology at Alverno College, discusses nnn in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture.”  Dr. Sharkey’s lecture was a part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Fr. David Meconi, S. J. — Christian Persecution in Rome

Fr. David Meconi, SJ, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University, makes a distinction about the root of Roman persecution in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Constantine, Christ, and the Cross: The Edict of Milan 1700 Years Later”.  Fr. Meconi’s talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. David Meconi, S.J. — Constantine, Christ, and the Cross: The Edict of Milan 1700 Years Later

Fr. David Meconi, SJ, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at St. Louis University, delivers his talk entitled “Constantine, Christ, and the Cross: The Edict of Milan 1700 Years Later”.  Fr. Meconi’s talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey — Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture

Dr. Stephen R. Sharkey, Professor of Sociology at Alverno College, delivers his talk entitled “Proposing a Catholic Sociology of Sex and Gender to a Post-Modern Culture.”  Dr. Sharkey’s lecture was a part of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists Conference.

Dr. John Haldane — Challenges to Finding a Common Human Experience

Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, discusses the difficulties people have in agreeing on the existence of a common human experience in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Three Perspectives on Human Life”.  Dr. Haldane’s lecture was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. John Haldane — Three Perspectives on Human Life

Dr. John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, delivers his talk entitled “Three Perspectives on Human Life”.  Dr. Haldane’s lecture was sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. Richard Fehring — Motivation and Technology Impacting NFP

Dr. Richard Fehring, Research Director and Professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, discusses the effects of motivation on the effectiveness of NFP and the use of technology to increase awareness of NFP in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning.”  Dr. Fehring’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Dr. Richard Fehring — Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning

Dr. Richard Fehring, Research Director and Professor at the Marquette University College of Nursing, delivers his talk entitled “Scientific, Spiritual, and Marital Dynamics of Natural Family Planning.”  Dr. Fehring’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Inaugural Symposium Faculty RoundTable Discussion

This Faculty RoundTable Discussion was a part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.

Msgr. Paul McPartlan — The Personal Emphasis in Lumen Gentium

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at Catholic University of America, discusses Lumen Gentium’s focus on Personhood in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II.”  Msgr. McPartlan’s talk was part of the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II.

Msgr. Paul McPartlan — Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II

Msgr. Paul McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism at Catholic University of America, delivers his talk entitled “Christ our Light: Lumen Gentium and the Program of Vatican II.”  Msgr. McPartlan’s talk was part of the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II.

Teresa Collett, JD — Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law

Teresa Collett, JD, Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, delivers her talk entitled “Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law.” Ms. Collett’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Fr. Peter Ryan — Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, delivers his talk entitled “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective”. Fr. Ryan’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR — The Works of Mercy and St. Francis

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, Co-Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, discusses the Franciscan charism of performing works of mercy, in this excerpt from his talk entitled “What to Do When Jesus is Hungry”.  Fr. Apostoli’s talk was part of the Missionary Outreach Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR — What to Do When Jesus Is Hungry

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, Co-Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, delivers his talk entitled “What to Do When Jesus is Hungry”.  Fr. Apostoli’s talk was part of the Missionary Outreach Lecture Series at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Dr. James Coyle — Church Documents on Social Media

Dr. James Coyle, Professor of Communication Arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville,  discusses some documents released by the Catholic Church regarding communications media in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Saints, Sinners, and Social Media.”  Dr. Coyle’s talk was part of the Veritas Lecture Series.

Dr. James Coyle — Saints, Sinners, and Social Media

Dr. James Coyle, Professor of Communication Arts at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “Saints, Sinners, and Social Media.”  Dr. Coyle’s talk was part of the Veritas Lecture Series.

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ — Karol Wojtyla’s Role in Humanae Vitae

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, discusses the pivotal role played by a Polish Cardinal in the formation of the document in this excerpt from his talk entitled “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective”.  Fr. Ryan’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Teresa Collett, JD — Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law

Teresa Collett, JD, Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, delivers her talk entitled “Humanae Vitae, Contraception, and American Law.”  Ms. Collett’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ — Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective

Fr. Peter Ryan, SJ, Executive Director of the Secretariate of Doctrinal and Canonical Affairs for the USSCB, delivers his talk entitled “Humanae Vitae in Historical and Social Perspective”.  Fr. Ryan’s talk was part of the “Humanae Vitae at 45: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Holiness” Conference.

Dr. Scott Hahn — The New Evangelization and Franciscan University

Dr. Scott Hahn, The Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk, “The New Evangelization and Franciscan University,” as the final event celebrating the inauguration of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR as sixth president of Franciscan University.

Dr. Scott Hahn — The Comparison of Vatican I and II

Dr. Scott Hahn, The Fr. Michael Scanlan Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, compares Vatican I and II in this excerpt from his talk, “The New Evangelization and Franciscan University.”  Dr. Hahn’s talk was the final event in the celebration of the inauguration of Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, sixth president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR — The Qualities of the New Evangelization

Fr. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses some important properties of the New Evangelization in this excerpt from his talk, “A Presidential Perspective: Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.”  Fr. Sean’s talk was part of the Inaugural Symposium on Catholic Higher Education and the New Evangelization.

Is Anyone Grateful? The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The themes of the Readings for this Sunday focus on the gratitude for God’s salvation.  Gratitude is an important psychological and spiritual disposition.  Dr. Daniel G. Amen, the popular brain researcher and public health spokesman, identifies gratitude as a key character quality of persons with physiologically healthy brains.  That’s right: gratitude affects your physical health, including the shape and functioning of your brain.  This Sunday’s Readings focus particularly on gratitude to God, and how it should be expressed.

Life By Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4 Psalm 95:1-2,6-9 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14 Luke 17:5-10

Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today’s First Reading the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).

We are to live by faith in Christ who loved us and gave himself on the Cross for us (see Galatians 2:20).

A Great Chasm: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 6:1, 4-7 Psalm 146:7-10 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16:19-31

The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy – not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door.

The complacent leaders in today’s First Reading feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom of Israel (see Amos 5:6), collapses around them.

Does it Matter How We Treat Others? The 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Does it matter how we treat others?  What does my neighbor’s suffering have to do with me?  Can I continue living in comfort while bypassing those around me who are in misery?

These are questions that the Readings for this Sunday raise, and to which they provide uncomfortable answers.  Let’s read and let the Holy Spirit move us outside our comfort zone.

Dr. Andrew Sodergren — Love: Our Origin and End

Dr. Andrew Sodergren, Clinical Psychologist at Ruah Woods Psychological Services, discusses the role of love human psychology in this excerpt from the 1st half of his presentation about Attachment Theory and why it matters to the moral development of individuals.  Dr. Sodergren’s appearance was part of the Annual Gemelli Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Prudent Stewards: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 8:4-7 Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Luke 16:1-13

The steward in today’s Gospel confronts the reality that he can’t go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment, must give account for what he has done.

The exploiters of the poor in today’s First Reading are also about to be pulled down, thrust from their stations (see Isaiah 22:19). Servants of mammon or money, they’re so in love with wealth that they reduce the poor to objects, despise the new moons and sabbaths – the observances and holy days of God (see Leviticus 23:24; Exodus 20:8).

Deacon Stephen F. Militec, Ph.D. — How to Approach the Lord in the Eucharist

Deacon Stephen F. Miletic, Ph.D., delivers a homily at the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II, hosted by Franciscan University of Steubenville.

God and Mammon: The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

As Jesus continues his “death march” to Jerusalem in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 9–19), he challenges us this Sunday to choose, in a clear and conscious way, our goal in life: God or money.  The First Reading reminds us that wealth was a seductive trap for the people of God throughout salvation history.

Curtis Martin — An Encounter with Jesus Christ

Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, talks about the personal side of evangelization in this excerpt from his talk entitled “New Leaders for the New Evangelization” at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Curtis Martin’s appearance was part of the Spring 2013 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Curtis Martin — What is the New Evangelization?

Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, talks about the New Evangelization in this excerpt from his talk entitled “New Leaders for the New Evangelization” at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Curtis Martin’s appearance was part of the Spring 2013 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Seeking the Lost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Luke 15:1-10

The episode in today’s First Reading has been called “Israel’s original sin.” Freed from bondage, born as a people of God in the covenant at Sinai, Israel turned aside from His ways, fell to worshipping a golden calf.

Moses implores God’s mercy, as Jesus will later intercede for the whole human race, as He still pleads for sinners at God’s right hand and through the ministry of the Church.

Curtis Martin — New Leaders for the New Evangelization

Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, discusses leadership in his talk entitled “New Leaders for the New Evangelization” at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  Curtis Martin’s appearance was part of the Spring 2013 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Dr. John Crosby — Incarnational Humanism and Eschatological Humanism

Dr. John Crosby, Director of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, discusses incarnational humanism and eschatological humanism in this excerpt from his talk entitled “The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II” delivered at the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Prodigal Son Sunday: 24th Sunday in OT

This upcoming Sunday marks one of only two times in the main Lectionary cycle that we hear the Parable of the Prodigal Son proclaimed (the other being the 4th Sunday of Lent [C]).  The Readings are marked by the theme of repentance and forgiveness. 

Dr. John Crosby — The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II

Dr. John Crosby, Director of the MA Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, delivers his talk entitled “The Triumph of Incarnational Humanism at Vatican II” at the Year of Faith Symposium on Vatican II at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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