Tim Shaughnessy is a cradle Catholic who began to take his faith seriously after meeting his then-Baptist future wife. She is now the wonderful Catholic mom to his two sons (and another baby on the way). Tim has undergraduate degrees in economics and political science, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in economics. He teaches economics at the undergraduate and graduate level, and is a faculty advisor for the campus Catholic student organization.
There are more than three weeks in Lent, but there are traditionally three things that Christians commit to during Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If I tried to do a series of posts that stretched the entire duration of Lent, you’d only have a few days to do the last thing I mention, so instead […]
Sorry for yelling, but it seems the folks at CNN are thusly surprised at research demonstrating the existence of a “moral core” and a “sense of justice” that is albeit “tragically limited.” How do they know? Baby research: The first test is the simplest. Show a baby an example of good behavior [demonstrated by a […]
There are at least three ways that evil spirits can influence human beings: demonic obsession, oppression, or possession. (I say “at least” because I just now found this interview with Fr. Gabriele Amorth where he lists six.) While demonic obsession has a technical definition, I’m curious whether I could be characterized as having an obsession […]
If pride is strong enough to bring down a third of the angels, what chance do we lowly mortals have against it? Every Christian knows that pride sits at the head of the deadly sins, the fount from which almost all other sins flow. I suppose you could nitpick and say that pride and arrogance […]
In Life of Christ, while discussing the temptation in the desert, Sheen writes: Very few people believe in the devil these days, which suits the devil very well. He is always helping to circulate the news of his own death. The essence of God is existence, and he defines himself as: “I am Who am.” […]
One of the more common complaints about the Catholic Church is its supposed out-of-touchedness. Our morality is too old-fashioned, too outdated, and becoming increasingly irrelevant to moderns, even to some varieties of Catholics themselves. If only the Church would realize the great benefits of modern technology, like the internet! Well, turns out even the Pope […]
Call me late to the party, but I ran across a meme on facebook about the extinction of the Western Black Rhino. I presumed that this declaration was pretty recent, though it turns out it happened a while ago. Scientific American says that the story of the Rhino’s demise is one of “greed, indifference, hope […]Click here to read more articles from Tim...