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Investigate the first and foundational principles of the Catholic imaginative vision, which provides a cohering vision of the world and unites the various professions and academic disciplines, speaking to every aspect of the human condition.
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Rembrandt's "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee"

The Search for Happiness

As Christians search after meaning and fulfillment, basic truths of the faith rise to the fore: the truth of who we are and who we are called to be, the fallenness of the human race, our relation to the rest of the created order, and the promise held out to those who accept Christ as their savior.

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Raphael's "The Miraculous Draft of Fish"

The Search for Truth

Christianity offers a complete imaginative vision of the world, making profound truth claims about reality. As Christians strive for truth and fulfillment, it becomes necessary to understand the interplay between faith and reason, as well as the proper ordering of sciences and the correct lens through which to view the Church as it operates in human history.

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Spadarino's "Baptism of Constantine"

The Search for God

God loves us in the midst of our sins and imperfections; nevertheless, from this perfect love arises a call to change, to conversion. The call to become a disciple of Christ is all-encompassing, demanding that one go beyond mere interest and intrigue and make a firm act of will to accept Christ as one's Master, Guide, and Savior.

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"The Final Judgment," by Gustave Dore

Christian Mythic Narrative: The Deep History of the World

Much of what it means to be converted in mind to Christianity – to acquire the Catholic imaginative vision – is to understand and embrace the Christian mythic narrative. While the word "myth" has come to mean "untrue account," here is meant "meaningful account," the expression of profound, cosmic truth. Through a 33-part podcast series, explore the Christian mythic narrative from beginning to end.

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Perov Vasily's "First Christians in Kiev"

Christendom to Apostolic

In 1974, Archbishop Fulton Sheen declared, "We are at the end of Christendom. Not of Christianity, not of the Church, but of Christendom." For the Church today, the fading of Christendom is an hour of testing, calling us to recover for our age the apostolic mindset and the bright hope of those first Christians of the Cenacle.

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"Adoration of the Magi," by Gentile Da Fabriano

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

The Catholic imaginative vision arises from a robust tradition of inquiry and the interplay of faith and reason. Universities founded upon this tradition exist fundamentally as communities of believers sharing life, passing the great tradition on to students in an atmosphere alive with the "gaudium de veritate" - "joy in the truth" - of St. Augustine.

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Fra Angelico's "Coronation of the Virgin"

The Church

Christ instituted the Church as an institution that is at once human and divine, and it serves as God's preferred mode of bringing wounded humans into contact within himself. Despite the sins and weaknesses found among its members, it serves as the dwelling of the Holy Spirit and a continuation of the Incarnation among us.

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Raphael's "The Healing of the Lame Man"

Matters of Belief

In order to grasp the overall shape of the Catholic account of reality, it is important to understand what it claims to be in the first place. What does it mean to say Christianity is a revealed religion? How are we to grapple with mystery? What does it mean to accept salvation?

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"Saint Jerome," by Trophime Bigot

From Shadows into the Light

In the final days of Lent in the midst of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Monsignor James P. Shea delivered a retreat from an empty campus entitled, "From Shadows into the Light: Gaining the Eyes of Faith." Pairing reflections on the gift of faith with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, these reflections were delivered daily from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday.

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Illuminated Manuscript

Explainer Videos

Encounter some of the best of Prime Matters in brief explainer videos. These videos are meant to illuminate some of the most essential Prime Matters content, illustrating our ideas for Catholics and all people of goodwill.

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The Abbey of Cluny

Weekly Learning with Enrichment

Encounter the Catholic imaginative vision as it is manifested in artistic and cultural expressions across the world and through the generations.