The Two Births of Christ in Aquinas and De Koninck

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.—Luke 2:7 When Jesus was baptized…the heavens were opened… and behold a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.—Matthew 3:16, 18 Jesus is both Son of Mary and … Lire la suite

Life After COVID-19: History Doesn’t Repeat Itself

History does not repeat itself. Although we too have suffered during the Coronavirus pandemic, we do not live in Milan, Siena, or Rome. We are not residents of the late medieval and early modern period. The stunning fact that the United States went over a hundred years between major pandemics is evidence of how little … Lire la suite

Saints of the Black Death

Saintly Intercession and the Church Flight—while perhaps native to human beings in danger—ran contrary to the sacramental presence that the Church offered flesh and blood bodies. Church authorities in the Middle Ages were often critical of the flight instinct, urging men and women to stay close to home, to care for their families in the moment … Lire la suite