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Michael J. Healy is Professor of Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he served first as chief academic officer (1986-2000), during which time the philosophy department grew from 2 to 7 professors and from 2 majors to 200, making it the largest undergrad philosophy department in the country. In addition, an MA philosophy program was initiated and is going strong. He received his BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Loyola University of Los Angeles, studying under Dr. Ronda Chervin, and his MA and PhD from the University of Dallas, studying under Dr. Josef Seifert and Dr. John Crosby. He is especially interested in personalist and existential thought. His primary philosophical inspirations have been Dietrich von Hildebrand, Soren Kierkegaard, John Henry Cardinal Newman, and Karol Wojtyla (JPII). He is married to his Austrian wife Maria (from Innsbruck) and they have five children.
Dec. 12 at 9:11pm | Comments: 0
I basically learned the faith from Sr. David Mary, a member of the Sisters of Loretto. I had her as my teacher in elementary school for nearly three years—I had to move away in the middle of my third year—and she drilled us in the Baltimore Catechism #2. She also taught us our prayers and we went through them daily at school. We opened the schoolday as a class with the Morning Offering, paused...
Dec. 11 at 4:51pm | Comments: 6 | Most recent comment: Dec. 12 at 4:35pm
Pop music in general often deals with superficial things, e.g., Jan and Dean’s hit song “Honolulu Lulu” about the courage of a curvy surfer girl to go out and face the big waves. (In its defense, it does have the one great line revealing the level of religious awareness in the surfing culture: “When the beach is quiet and you know you’re out of luck, we pray for surf while makin...
Dec. 6 at 11:09pm | Comments: 30 | Most recent comment:
Earlier this month my wife Maria pointed out to me a very beautiful paragraph on forgiveness by Romano Guardini included in one of the daily readings (Meditation for Nov. 12) in the November issue of Magnificat. Remembering that I had the book (The Lord) in the basement, I searched it out to read further—from Chapter XIII. After reviewing the relevant line of the text of the Our Father and some commentary on it in Matt. 6:14-15 (But...
Dec. 1 at 4:49pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Dec. 2 at 8:39am
Over my nearly 62 years on this earth, I’ve been able to read through the Bible several times, and the New Testament a couple of times more. Alleluia! What a gift! One of the things which has always struck me is the overwhelming, superabundant joy that flows through those who knew and walked with Christ—the Apostles and Evangelists, Peter, Paul, James, John, etc. I have been especially impressed with the joy and longing...
Nov. 28 at 11:47pm | Comments: 0
In Love and Responsibility, John Paul II makes some interesting distinctions about human needs and the different levels on which they operate. He especially makes a point to distinguish between mere desire (based in need alone, i.e. in me) and love as desire (based in a value-responding affirmation of the other, in light of which I recognize my desire or need as centered in this specific person because of their irreplaceable beauty and value). He says the...
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