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"Christ on the Cross Between Two Thieves," by Rubens Jozef Sedmak

This Lent alumnus attorney David A. Shaneyfelt (’81)日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪 — a regular honoree on the list of California “Super Lawyers” — has once more turned his attention to the most significant criminal proceeding in the history of jurisprudence: the trial of Jesus Christ.

David A. Shaneyfelt (’81) David A. Shaneyfelt (’81)Last year the Ventura County attorney posted a series of  in which he investigated Our Lord’s trial, beginning with His arrest, and continuing all the way through the Crucifixion. This year he is making the podcasts available once more — and with a notable addendum.

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪“For this Lent, I’ve added another podcast lecture to the series, pursuing a tangent from the Trial of Jesus, but still related to it — a reflection on the ‘Two Thieves,’” writes Mr. Shaneyfelt on his website, . “If you liked the first seven in the series, I think you’ll like this one, too.”

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪Over the course of the podcast series, which aims “to unpack the history and Scriptural account of Jesus and the two crucified with him,” Mr. Shaneyfelt considers such questions as: What are the sources of evidence at Jesus’ trial? What happened in the Garden of Gethsemane? And what is the significance of the date of the Crucifixion as it pertains to the Passover Feast?

“A great deal of scholarship has gone into the relatively few words of the New Testament that describe the legal process employed to put to trial, convict, and execute a Jewish rabbi, whose followers for 2,000 years since then have regarded as the Eternal Son of God, the Word made flesh to dwell, and to die, among us,” writes Mr. Shaneyfelt. “My goal in this podcast series is to introduce listeners to some of this scholarship, to unpack it, and to let listeners appreciate the difficulty — and reward — of parsing Biblical texts.”

Mr. Shaneyfelt has spoken publicly about Our Lord’s trial for more than 20 years at churches, schools, and organizations throughout California. “Believers and non-believers, I think, will at least find the subject fascinating, because history offers us great insights into passages that are often short and cryptic,” he observes. “But I also think, or at least hope, that believers will come to see deeper meanings and significance in the details addressed and, in the end, will grow in faith and love for the One Who is at the central focus of this event.”

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“According to thousands of years of human observations, the heavenly bodies were eternal, they always were, they always will be, world without end. They were immortal, divine, yet visible, and moving with what must be mathematical precision. The hope of drawing close to God by uncovering the mathematical elegance and precision of the divine heavens is what attracted Ptolemy to devote his life to studying the heavens.”

Dr. Andrew Seeley (’87) Dr. Andrew Seeley (’87)So writes Thomas Aquinas College tutor and alumnus Dr. Andrew Seeley (’87) in a fascinating essay for The Imaginative Conservative, . In discussing the discoveries of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Brahe, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein, Dr. Seeley explains the effects of astronomy on history and culture, and why its study is an important part of a liberal education. He also writes about how his alma mater — and the emphasis its classical curriculum places on astronomy — made him a lifelong stargazer:

At the beginning of Sophomore year, I spent two weeks systematically observing the sky with the naked eye, then studied Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein over the next three years. Not only was I introduced to the historical developments of science, but I came to see the reasons why we believe that the Earth moves, and that all things are heavy. More than that, I was able to enter into Dante’s imaginative vision of the cosmos, and understand the ways in which St. Thomas used astronomy to help understand the science of theology.

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪The Ptolemaic portion, especially grounded in the two weeks of observations, made me a friend of the night skies for the rest of my life. The observations involved watching the sky at different times through the night, and watching it at the same time every night for a while, noting especially what was rising and what was setting. It set up a habit of keeping track of the sky …

In addition to serving on the College’s teaching faculty, Dr. Seeley serves as executive director of the . His is available via The Imaginative Conservative.

20, 2020

The family of Patrice and Stephen Atchley

Please pray for the repose of the soul of , who died of complications from a heart attack on February 16. Please also pray for the consolation of his family, including his wife, Patrice (Ford ’81), and their eight children: Liam (’14), Clare (’12), Angelique (Cotugno ’14), Gabrielle, Juliet (’18), Sophia, Dominique (’22), and Lisette. A 9:30 a.m. Rosary and 10:00 am Funeral Mass are scheduled for Saturday, February 22 at San Segundo d’Asti Church in Ontario, California.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Thomas A. Alexander (’99)Thomas A. Alexander (’99), whom this blog profiled日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪 last month, is the subject of a new story on the Cardinal Newman Society’s website,

“Thomas Alexander is a top leader in the Pentagon who is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on special operations, counterterrorism, and more around the world,” writes Kelly Salomon, the Newman Society’s director of education and advocacy. “He credits his education at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, which is recommended in The Newman Guide, with preparing him with the ‘fundamentals’ he needed to ‘succeed’ in his work.”

In the story, Mr. Alexander refers several times to the College’s program of Catholic liberal education. “Thomas Aquinas College,” he says, “gives you the ability to quickly analyze, break down a particular issue into its parts, put it all back together in a way that makes sense, reach a conclusion, and then go forward.”

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Maggie Tuttle speaks to students on the California campus.

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪Alumna , who works as a Senior Customer Success Manager for Talent Solutions at LinkedIn, returned to her alma mater last Sunday to present a workshop about how students can use the professional-networking site in their career searches. “Many people who come from Thomas Aquinas College, because of the things that we study, the way that we study, the way that we are expected to show up in the classroom and with our friends — you just bring something unique to the table,” she said. “Keep that in mind.”

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪Her 45-minute talk — held on the California campus but made available, via simulcast, to students in New England — focused on how to use LinkedIn to discern a career, land a job, and stay abreast of developments in one’s career field. “I have been in recruiting and talking to recruiters my whole time out of TAC,” she said. The experience, she added, has given her many insights into how job applicants can maximize their prospects for getting hired. Among these:

  • Maggie Tuttle (’10) Maggie Tuttle (’10)“Fake it till you make it” — although liberally educated students may lack direct training in a particular field, they are fast learners who can quickly bring themselves up to speed.
  • “Have a growth mindset” — always look for opportunities for you and your company to move forward.
  • “Deliver Excellence” — never produce less than your best work. “No matter what you do, you never know when some small ask, or some seemingly minuscule task, can be something really, really important that that one critical person will notice,” said Miss Tuttle. “That can change your whole career.”
  • “Creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, and time management” — these are among the “soft skills” that employers actively seek and which are often the fruits of a liberal education.

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪The world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn boasts more than 660 million users, acquiring two more every second. Over the course of her presentation, Miss Tuttle showed students how to make a LinkedIn profile, explained what sort of information it should include, and demonstrated how they can engage the network in such a way as to make them attractive to prospective employers.

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪Upon graduating from the College in 2010, Miss Tuttle began as a recruiter for Force 10 Networks before moving on to a similar position at Balance Pro Tech one year later. She has worked at LinkedIn since 2012, where she oversees some 250 accounts, each representing as many as 15-20 recruiters.

Representatives from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who visited the California campus for a recent vocations talk, including Jorge Moncada Hernandez (’18 , center) and Paul Collins (’14, bottom right) Representatives from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who visited the California campus for a recent vocations talk, including Jorge Moncada Hernandez (’18 , center) and Paul Collins (’14, bottom right)

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪What does it mean to witness for Christ? How does one discern God’s call? What role does celibacy play in the life of a priest?

These questions and more were the topics of a recent vocations talk on the California campus presented by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, featuring two alumni seminarians: Jorge Moncada Hernandez (’18) and Paul Collins (’14).

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪“This place was really foundational to discover my calling,” said Mr. Moncada, who urged students to see their time on campus as an opportunity to seek God’s will for their lives. Dating “a beautiful woman” while a student briefly caused him to question a lifelong sense that he was called to the priesthood, but during his junior year, “God told me what I needed to do in life.” Forsaking marriage and family is a difficult sacrifice, he added, but a joyful one. “We say ‘no’ to many things, but we say ‘yes’ to many more.”

Mr. Collins, who, in addition to a lifetime of service in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, plans to spend 20 years as a chaplain for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, echoed this sentiment. “The priesthood is for a guy who wants to give his whole life to witness for Christ and save souls,” said Mr. Collins. “Being willing to give up marriage and family — despite really wanting it — that’s what makes a good priest. That’s the whole point of our spirituality: to give our lives for Christ.”

Mr. Moncada and Mr. Collins are just two of the five Thomas Aquinas College alumni studying for the priesthood in Los Angeles. The others are David Allen (’10), Michael Masteller (’13), and Edward Seeley (’16).


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Lauretta Brown (’13) Lauretta Brown (’13)In anticipation of January’s National March for Life, Fox News published about “pro-life women [who] are fighting to redefine female ‘empowerment.’” Among those profiled are Unplanned author Abby Johnson, Live Action President Lila Rose, and an alumna of the College: Lauretta Brown (’13)

Miss Brown, observes reporter Sam Dorman, is part of “a generation of female, pro-life journalists” who are leading the effort to protect and defend all human life. “Lauretta Brown is a journalist working as a staff writer at the National Catholic Register,” Mr. Dorman notes. “She's written in depth about crisis pregnancy centers, as well as the science surrounding abortion.” The story goes on to quote Miss Brown, who remarks, “People need to be aware that a pre-born baby’s complete genetic code — distinct from that of the mother — is present from the moment of conception.”


St. Paul's School Choir St. Paul's School Choir

Alumni, friends, and benefactors of the College who are within driving distance of Washington, D.C., are warmly invited to join the full student body日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪 of Thomas Aquinas College, New England, at this year’s March for Life. And the night before, they are welcome to enjoy a free concert of beautiful choir music at the invitation of alumnus Eric Maurer (’98).

A co-founder of the Lyceum in Cleveland, Mr. Maurer now teaches math, science, and Latin at in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In keeping with the tradition of many great cathedral schools throughout the ages, St. Paul’s offers boys, grades three through eight, a Catholic education that integrates rigorous academics with the performance of choral masterworks. On January 23 the school’s choir is hosting a concert日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪, “Regina Caeli: Music in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” for all March attendees. The concert will take place at The Catholic University of America’s St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Alex Potts (’14)

Having recently completed his flight training for the Apache helicopter, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Alex Potts (’14) is now stationed in Katterbach, Germany, where he will spend the next three years training with European forces before his first deployment. “Germany’s been great so far!” he writes. “Beautiful farmland and pleasant locals. I’m living in the very center of Europe, so I’m excited to travel to see the different areas where the authors we read at TAC were writing from.”

日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪Mr. Potts joined the Army through its Street to Seat program, through which servicemen quickly move through boot camp, warrant officer school, and then flight school. He spent most of the last year on flight training, culminating in the arduous task of mastering the Apache.

“The Apache is the helicopter with all the attack systems, so you not only have to learn how to fly, you have to learn how to fly and operate all the systems on board,” Mr. Potts explains. “You have to be able to manipulate all four of your limbs in a coordinated manner, while at the same time looking at your intended spot of landing, doing mental calculations about how far or how close you need to be; you’re trying to manage your altitude, your airspeed; you’re listening to five different radios at the same time; and you have a helmet-mounted eyepiece over your right eye showing all this information, such as your engine torques, your direction, where the aircraft is heading, the velocity you’re going at, what your copilot is looking at. It’s like a circus. It’s like juggling ten balls at once.”

In other words, it’s his dream come true. “I love it. I thrive on it, I really do,” he says. “It’s a fantastic experience, and when you get out of that cockpit at the end of the day, it’s a real sense of fulfillment.”

Serving his country, Mr. Potts adds, likewise fulfills a longing he has had since his first encounter with the dialogues of Socrates. “Reading about the duties that Socrates placed on man to one’s God, to one’s family, and to one’s country — that really stuck with me,” he says. “I thought to myself: I’m an able-bodied man, a healthy young man. I should put in that service to my country as a duty or an obligation, a form of justice for everything that my country gives me. That may sound a little bit cheesy, but it’s actually the truth.”

Indeed, his philosophical background informs the notion of duty that drives his service. “It helped me to better understand the rights, the freedoms, the values that we’re fighting for in America, and I think that makes you a more effective soldier in the end,” he argues. Likewise, he has found the intellectual life of the College to be an ideal preparation for the demands of the Armed Forces. “There was a sense of discipline in the intellectual life at Thomas Aquinas College which I think very much carries over into the military, which has discipline permeating throughout the entire structure.”

Those years of learning “sparked a love,” Mr. Potts continues, which will remain with him for life: “I still read the same books, and I still pray to the same God.” A philosopher as well as a pilot, he has recently begun an online graduate degree in philosophy with Holy Apostles College and Seminary — to occupy whatever time he has left when not flying helicopters.

Sr. Maria Kiely, OSB (’77) Sr. Maria Kiely, OSB (’77)Sr. Maria Kiely, OSB (’77) lives in Washington, D.C., teaching Greek at the Dominican House of Studies and Latin at Catholic University. She is on the editorial committee for ICEL, the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. ICEL was established during the Vatican Council by Bishops from countries where English is used as a liturgical language. It is responsible for the revised translation of the Roman Missal, promulgated in 2011 and now in use.

Last fall, ICEL finished translating the Latin Liber Hymnarius, the hymnal for the Liturgy of the Hours revised after Vatican II. At their annual meeting last November, the bishops of the USCCB voted to accept the ICEL translations of the 294 hymns of the Liber Hymnarius日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪. These will appear in fascicles as a complement to the existing Liturgy of the Hours; later they will be integrated into the forthcoming revised edition of the Liturgy of the Hours mandated by the USCCB. 

Since the Liber Hymnarius includes hymns of St. Ambrose, Prudentius, medieval authors, and others spanning the entire tradition of Catholic hymnody, the ICEL translations represent a retrieval of a significant aspect of the liturgical and spiritual patrimony of the Church. The theological richness of these hymns is such that they will bring new depth to the recitation of the hours of the liturgy. They may also be used in any circumstances where the singing of hymns is appropriate.

According to ICEL, the English hymns are close translations of the Latin texts, so that as much as possible of the theological and spiritual content of the originals may be preserved. The meters proper to each Latin text have been maintained, so that each hymn may be sung both to the chant melody given in the Liber Hymnarius日本视频高清免费观看 日本高清免费一本视频 日本高清视2018色视频,六月丁香,天天啪啪啪 and to any modern metrical tune of the same meter. Though rhyme is a salient feature of English hymnody, it is less prominent in Latin hymns; some of them rhyme and some do not. Even hymns that rhyme are less clearly defined by it, because rhyming and assonance often result merely from the inflections of the language. Rhyming also requires frequent inversions that compromise the content and become tedious in longer hymns.

ICEL has sought to prepare for the reception of the hymn translations by the Bishops’ Conferences and by the wider public by making representative examples available through the internet. Under the direction of Daniel Grimm (’76), the Thomas Aquinas College choir has sung representative examples of the ICEL hymns set to chant melodies and to modern hymn tunes, which are . As the choir sings, the text of each hymn appears verse by verse on the screen.

If you have questions and would like to know more about the hymns, please feel free to contact ICEL.

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Thomas Esser (’18)

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– Thomas Esser (’18)

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– Most Rev. Lionginas Virbalas

Metropolitan Archbishop of Kaunas, Lithuania