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Failures of the Golden RuleMichael Pakaluk

We can view the Golden Rule as a kind of mechanism implanted in us by our Creator, which serves as a means by which any of us can derive the basic principles of the moral law, as we wish, at any time. ...

St. Ambrose Day Michael Pakaluk

I don't know why it was only this year that I noticed the significance in St. Ambrose's feast day, Dec. 7, falling between St. Nick's and the Immaculate Conception. Maybe it's because, ...

Of purgatoryMichael Pakaluk

There are Christians who regard themselves as needing to be persuaded that purgatory exists and Christians who have long since been convinced in faith that it does exist and have for many years acted ...

Natural law against natural rights Michael Pakaluk

A common story is that natural law is in harmony with Catholic morality, because all law aims at a common good, and thus to promote the natural law is to promote the common good. In contrast, natural ...

The unspeakable wealth of almsgivingMichael Pakaluk

''Which then is better, tell me? To be rich or to be poor? To be in power or in dishonor? In luxury or in hunger? It is quite clear: to be in honor, enjoyment, and wealth. Therefore, if you would ...

Babes and alms Michael Pakaluk

"I was hungry, and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me to drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in." "As long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me." The ...

In the last daysMichael Pakaluk

''But understand this," says St. Paul, "in the last days, there will come times of stress" (RSVCE). Other translations have "grievous times," "terrifying times," and "dangerous times." (2 Tim ...

Our Lord's amazing lack of condescension Michael Pakaluk

Here is a puzzle that theologians grapple with. It was not necessary for the Second Person of the Trinity to die on the cross in order to save the human race. Any act whatsoever by an incarnate God -- ...