Fulvio Di Blasi St. Nicholas Ball 2016

St. Nicholas Ball 2016

By Fulvio Di Blasi

Dear friends of the Thomas International Center, We have been truly blessed this year and we had a great turn out on Saturday on our Panel discussion and St. Nicholas Ball. We are growing fast and are improving our activities and performance year by year. We are humbled by the way in which we are … Continue reading St. Nicholas Ball 2016

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Holiday letter 2016

By Santo J. Costa

A Thanksgiving letter by our friend Sandy Costa! Jesus said, “[Y]ou will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John, 8:32 I write to you this day with great joy and swelling tides of thanksgiving. At this season, of course, much contributes to our sense of an ending to the year, and sometimes that … Continue reading Holiday letter 2016

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The Two Ways to Survive Death

By Fulvio Di Blasi

After death, the soul continues to exist because it is spiritual and does not have an existence that depends exclusively on the union with the body. Of course, this existence will be a bit strange because the human soul is made to stay with the body: to “inform it”, as they say. Imagine a life … Continue reading The Two Ways to Survive Death

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Can You See What My Eyes See?

By Fulvio Di Blasi

It’s three in the morning. I woke up about an hour ago and I realized that there’s no way I can get back to sleep. I might as well eat something healthy and devote myself to something useful. I cut an apple into small pieces, I covered it with yogurt and I seasoned the whole … Continue reading Can You See What My Eyes See?

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Family, Marriage and the Council of Trent

By Anna Romano

Between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth century, Europe experienced a great religious and spiritual rebirth thanks to the action undertaken by the Church to contrast the diffusion of Protestant heresy and to reorganize cultural institutions. This action has been called “Counter-Reformation” or Catholic Reform. On its background, there is the Council of Trent (1545 -1563), which … Continue reading Family, Marriage and the Council of Trent

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Loving Our Characters

By Arthur Powers

I believe that character is the single most important element in any fiction – literary, genre, or any other type.  Second is the atmosphere of the story – the air the characters breathe.  Plot is what happens when two or more characters interact, or when a single character confronts a situation. If what I believe … Continue reading Loving Our Characters

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Horses and Moral Life

By Fulvio Di Blasi

Do you remember the Platonic myth narrated in the Phaedrus of the charioteer and the winged horses? The myth, as a whole, is conceived as a representation of the soul. The charioteer is the reason, the logos, which must lead the chariot upward, where dwell the gods. The horses represent the lower parts of the … Continue reading Horses and Moral Life

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Prisoners in a Dream: From Descartes to The Matrix

By Fulvio Di Blasi

(spoiler alert) Do you remember the famous science fiction movie The Matrix, written and directed by the brothers Lana and Lilly Wachowski? It was a revolutionary film for many reasons, including the cinematographic techniques. It was actually a trilogy. The first episode goes back to 1999 and had a shocking success. The second and third … Continue reading Prisoners in a Dream: From Descartes to The Matrix

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Is Halloween Satanic?

By Massimo Introvigne

Halloween comes every year, and with it the controversy  raised by a number of Christians against Halloween, which in Italy involved exorcists, theologians and even some bishops. Without wanting to offend anyone, the impression is that Catholics participating in these controversies often do not know either the origin of Halloween or that of these campaigns. … Continue reading Is Halloween Satanic?

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Ethical Indifference?

By Fulvio Di Blasi

Are there human acts that are morally indifferent? At first glance, this might seem like a trivial question, but it is not so. If we think of the human act as a mere material thing, then it is obvious that there are things which are indifferent to us. However, the human act is “human.” It … Continue reading Ethical Indifference?

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