¿Quién ama el cuerpo? ¿Quién desea la resurrección?

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Homilía en Novena de la Medalla Milagrosa, 8 Abril 2013
1 Cor 15, 12-20

¿Creemos en la inmortalidad del alma, o en la resurrección de la carne?

Podría parecer que edifico una pregunta con trampa en ponerla de esta manera, ya que la respuesta es: “Ambos.” Pero en realidad es una pregunta útil, porque nos recuerda que los dos conceptos no son exactamente iguales. Y es posible creer en uno sin el otro; o incluso hacer hincapié en uno hasta el punto de accidentalmente olvidar el otro.

Nos encontramos esta tarde en el tiempo de Pascua—estos 50 días del año en que celebramos la verdad sorprendente de la resurrección de nuestro Señor Jesucristo en la carne. (more…)

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Who loves the body? Who wants the resurrection?

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Homily at Miraculous Medal Novena, April 8, 2013
1 Cor 15:12-20

Do we believe in the immortality of the soul, or the resurrection of the body?

It might seem that I am creating a trick question in putting it that way, since the answer is actually: “Both.” But it is actually a helpful question, because it reminds us that the two concepts are not exactly the same. And it is possible to believe in one without the other; or even to emphasize one to such a degree that we accidentally forget the other.

We stand this evening within the Easter Season—these 50 days every year when we celebrate the amazing truth of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection in the flesh. (more…)

Euthanasia & End of Life Issues

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 6 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by looking at how we respond when the end of earthly life approaches. What is euthanasia, and why is it wrong? What is involved in legalized physician-assisted suicide? What medical treatments can be refused, and why? Are feeding tubes part of the normal care due to everyone? Is it better to make a living will or a durable power of attorney?

War & Capital Punishment

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 5 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by considering when and how one person may take another’s life. What about self-defense? When can political authority inflict punishment, and should that include the death penalty? What are the conditions of just war? When is armed resistance against a government permissible?

Stem Cells & Cloning

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 4 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by examining stem cells: embryonic, adult, and reprogrammed. Which can we research and use morally? Why would someone want to clone a human being? How is the government involved in all this? What are different ways of cooperating with an evil act, and what does this mean for our choices?

In Vitro Fertilization and Reproductive Technologies

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 3 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by looking at what can be done to help couples who find themselves unable to conceive a child on their own. How do we distinguish what is morally acceptable from what is not? Which assist them in their marital act? Which replace it, or involve the intrusion of a third person?

Life Principles

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 2 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by examining principles at the heart of the questions. First, the basics of human life: Who may take a life; which life, and in what conditions? Who may create a life? Second, some basic principles of moral theology, applied to abortion: a focus upon the human act; considering the object, intention, and circumstances of an act; and the principle of double effect.

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