“Just look at all Mary has done in recent history, from Guadalupe to Fatima to Zeitoun. He challenges you to walk into a beautiful cathedral and ask yourself: Where did this come from? This set of 11 videos is of one talk (with thirty minutes of questions and answers) given by Peter Kreeft at Saint Francis Chapel in the Fall of 2009. “Or if they do, it is only in imitations of Catholics.”, Don’t believe Dr. Kreeft? All Rights Reserved. “I believe Catholicism is true, and that’s why I’m Catholic,” Dr. Kreeft writes. The second is a confusion of the things directed to their proper end. “Whenever anybody gets really serious about exorcism, they go to a Catholic priest,” Dr. Kreeft explains. Explore our collection of features, newsletters and other materials, Several years ago, when we considered the Sixth Commandment, we observed that human sexuality is an immense blessing, one that comes with the correspondingly high price of our human responsibility. And that’s just in ordinary matter , which makes up only 4.9% of the universe, the rest being dark matter and dark energy.”. “Why are you Catholic?” is a really good question – one that deserves a really good answer. They’re made to be houses for God, who is truly present in them in the Eucharist. So what is metaphysics – and what do Catholics think about it? Dr. Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and a noted Catholic apologist and philosopher. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.” (CCC, #2357), Here we must distinguish between the act and the person who performs it. Lust is a serious sin because it turns us away from the true goals for which we have been given the gift of our sexuality. When we began this reflection we observed that our human sexuality realizes its highest goal in Christian marriage. (Peter Kreeft, Practical Theology, Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas, p. First, he came. Chloe Langr is a very short stay-at-home-wife, whose growth has probably been stunted by the inhumane amounts of coffee she regularly consumes. St. Thomas proposes a similar reason to explain the sinfulness of adultery. ", What Everyone is REALLY Thinking in the Cry Room. In fact, I am more Protestant – more evangelical, more charismatic, more biblical, and more Christocentric – as a Catholic than I ever was as a Protestant.”. As we have seen, the particular characteristics of lust may be distinguished by the different conditions of the individuals who misuse their sexuality. The first of these effects is a confusion of proper ends, namely, self-love which can become so great it results in a hatred of God because He forbids a pleasure we so ardently desire. He wept. The Catechism teaches, “They close the sexual act to the gift of life. When she is not buried in a growing stack of book that she brings home from the book store she works at, she can be found spending time with her husband, geeking out over Theology of the Body, or podcasting. Second, in becoming man he transformed the meaning of our suffering: it is now part of his work of redemption. Kevin Vost, a spiritual writer we have mentioned in earlier reflections, says the Sacrament of reconciliation is an important first step in our battle against lust and the quest for joy. THE SERIOUSNESS OF SEXUAL SINS. The early Church writers realized we cannot defeat sin by our human reason alone; we must turn to God. After all, it’s not just a division of philosophy that deals with the supernatural. We have a nuclear arsenal when it comes to the Blessed Virgin, whose mission is to protect her children. The Catholic Church is an expert with the most dangerous war of all – spiritual warfare.”. When he addresses lust, however, the Angelic Doctor sets a standard for simplicity, observing only, Venereal [sexual] pleasures above all debauch a man’s mind. St. Thomas Aquinas ordinarily provides definitions that are quite detailed and require serious study if we are fully to grasp them. This should come as no surprise, as masturbation is clearly an individual’s using for his or her own pleasure a gift designed to be shared with another, within a particular context, and for a particular reason. You can find more about her on her blog "Old Fashioned Girl. The Author. In his latest book, Dr. Peter Kreeft has at least forty answers to that question. (ST II-II, 153.1). Moreover, although the sexual acts of unmarried partners may produce children, these children will be deprived of the benefits that come from a true marriage. However, our Catechism observes, The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. 188.) Peter Kreeft puts it thus: In summary, Jesus did three things to solve the problem of suffering. So, too, is thoughtlessness, which affects our capacity to judge between right and wrong, and inconstancy, which is an inability to remain faithful to our commitments. This suggests a deepening of our spiritual life as a remedy for lust. “Did you ever see a movie with a Protestant exorcist? “It means simply thinking about what is, and the real, essential nature of what is,” Dr. Kreeft explains. - Isaiah 1:18, How to Prove that Transcendentalism is True, Why Reality Includes More (Not Less) Than You May Think, Answering 5 More Common Objections to the Resurrection, Real Encounter: 13 Reasons Jesus’ Disciples Did Not Hallucinate, Refuting the Myth Theory: 6 Reasons Why the Resurrection Accounts are True, Debunking the Conspiracy Theory: 7 Arguments Why Jesus’ Disciples Did Not Lie, Rejecting the Swoon Theory: 9 Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Just Faint on the Cross, 5 Possible Theories that Explain the Resurrection of Jesus, The Flatlander’s Argument Against Miracles. How can the God of the Philosophers be the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. But forty reasons to be Catholic is just the beginning – for Dr. Kreeft and for all the rest of us, too. Stop trying so hard!”, Life is all fun and games until someone needs an exorcism. The old admonition read to couples at their wedding ceremony reminded them that in the Sacrament of Matrimony, God. “It’s not hard to see that; it’s hard not to see it. “The Church claims to know, by divine revelation, something about objective reality, not just personal experience. Religion After God: A Review of “Progressive Atheism”. Design by Perceptions Design Studio.