Practicing Mercy

Jessica Keating, M.Div. Director, Human Dignity and Life Initiatives, University of Notre Dame Contact Author For those of a certain generation, the word mercy will forever conjure the image of a leather-clad, feather-haired Uncle Jesse, exclaiming, “Have mercy.” If not, you can watch a 2-two minute summary here. Somehow, I don’t think this is what Pope … Continue reading Practicing Mercy

Cultivating Practices of Life in a Throw-Away Culture

Jessica Keating, M.Div. Director, Human Dignity and Life Initiatives University of Notre Dame Contact Author In the ancient Roman world unwanted children—girls, the disabled, those conceived out of wedlock—were abandoned to the elements and wild animals. The practice of infant exposure was a matter of routine in ancient Rome. Though there is historical evidence for … Continue reading Cultivating Practices of Life in a Throw-Away Culture

I Am Catholic (And So Can You!)

Samuel Bellafiore Dunwoodie Seminary ’19 M.Div./S.T.B. Candidate Seminarian, Diocese of Albany, NY   Stephen Colbert may be the most famous Catholic in America. It’s not just that he’s famous; he’s famous as a Catholic. And his Catholicism is famous too. On Tuesday night Colbert premiered as host of CBS’ The Late Show, formerly hosted by … Continue reading I Am Catholic (And So Can You!)

Dorothy Day on Abortion and Mercy

Jessica Keating, M.Div. Director, Human Dignity and Life Initiatives University of Notre Dame Contact Author “Don’t you care about anything other than abortion, like U.S. military plans to invade Iran?,” a middle aged man asked a women holding a sign that read, “Abortion Hurts Women.” I happened to overhear this question a few weeks ago, … Continue reading Dorothy Day on Abortion and Mercy

Political Speech, Bull*$!%, and Human Dignity

Jessica Keating, M.Div. Program Director, Human Dignity and Life Initiatives University of Notre Dame Contact Author A couple of weeks ago I suggested that decadence is a disease of the eye that trains us to see and un-see reality in a particular way. Decadence forms and distorts our vision, not unlike the way cataracts distort … Continue reading Political Speech, Bull*$!%, and Human Dignity

Planned Parenthood and the Disease of Decadence

Jessica Keating, M.Div. Program Director, Human Dignity and Life Initiatives University of Notre Dame Contact Author The unfolding events surrounding Planned Parenthood have brought into view the macabre business of harvesting and selling fetal organs and body parts. They have also shown what happens when the human body is reduced to its component parts and … Continue reading Planned Parenthood and the Disease of Decadence

Seven Last Words: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jessica Keating, M.Div. Program Director, Human Dignity and Life Initiatives University of Notre Dame Contact Author “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mk 15:34; Mt 27:46) Ordinary people and extraordinary intellectuals alike have long pondered need for Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan. Surely, the Son of God does not need baptism for … Continue reading Seven Last Words: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

And the Nominees Are. . . 2015 Recap

Carolyn Pirtle, M.M., M.S.M. Assistant Director, Notre Dame Center for Liturgy Contact Author With the 87th Academy Awards ceremony taking place this Sunday evening, we here at Oblation wanted to provide our readers with a convenient recap of our recent series reviewing each of the eight Best Picture nominees from a theological perspective. Excerpts appear … Continue reading And the Nominees Are. . . 2015 Recap

Time Transfigured: Lent as a School of Love

Jessica Keating, M.Div. Program Director, Human Dignity and Life Initiatives University of Notre Dame Contact Author Today Catholics around the world will hear (or already have heard) the words, “Remember, you are dust and unto dust you shall return,” as a priest or lay minister traces the sign of the cross onto their foreheads with … Continue reading Time Transfigured: Lent as a School of Love