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The Royal Heart and Rousseau

I love my enemies. Or, at least I try to love my enemies, especially those who are philosophers. Jeanne-Jacques Rousseau is a good example. Reading through the first section of his Social Contract, I see much with which many Americans would agree but much with which I cannot agree. Still, I like what I see… Continue reading The Royal Heart and Rousseau

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The root problem is more than simply Cultural Marxism or Modernism – it’s Hegelian

Recently I have been looking at a few of the major philosophical influences that contribute to the crisis we have in the Church today and, as a result of the problems in the Church, in society at large. Many in the Church, if not most, see that men with evil designs have usurped our Church.… Continue reading The root problem is more than simply Cultural Marxism or Modernism – it’s Hegelian

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St. Joan of Arc, Plato, and Aristotle (or, St. Joan versus the American and French Revolutions)

We have two warring philosophies in Western society and perhaps in the whole world. These are the Platonic and Aristotelian paradigms (see Arthur Herman, The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization.) Our philosophical views determine how we decide what is true and therefore how we… Continue reading St. Joan of Arc, Plato, and Aristotle (or, St. Joan versus the American and French Revolutions)

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Seeing the world as it isn’t? Or, as it is?

The challenge: While recently preparing for a talk in my professional life, I came across the following video. Titled, "Seeing the world as it isn't," the speaker shows us a familiar optical illusion. We see a sidewalk painting that looks like a swimming pool with a woman in it, all in 3D. It appears that… Continue reading Seeing the world as it isn’t? Or, as it is?

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Joan of Arc will show you how to let God explain His point of view

"In this great darkness make our faith A light to be our constant guide That we may choose the narrow way And not the way of wounded pride." (From the Magnificat hymn of September 3rd) Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man… Continue reading Joan of Arc will show you how to let God explain His point of view

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A life saving new world view – Thanks to St. Joan of Arc

"You know that I have taught you statutes and justices, as the Lord my God hath commanded me: so shall you do them in the land which you shall possess: And you shall observe, and fulfill them in practice. For this is your wisdom, and understanding in the sight of nations, that hearing all these precepts,… Continue reading A life saving new world view – Thanks to St. Joan of Arc

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Our problem is Philosophy not Theology

We seem led to believe that the crisis in the modern world began in the sixties, perpetuated through the revolution in the Church at Vatican II. However, we should consider that this crisis began much further back in time, in fact, all the way back to the vaunted golden age of Christendom, the 13th century.… Continue reading Our problem is Philosophy not Theology

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King David, Plato, and the Renaissance of Christendom today

King David is an archetype of the Platonic, Ultra-Real Royal Form and is a manifestation of the Heavenly Divine Kingdom on earth. This is true in terms of David's Monarchy in relation to the divine Form in the mind of God, but we also see it through his inspired writings in the Psalms. As one… Continue reading King David, Plato, and the Renaissance of Christendom today

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Monarchy as the Platonic Form of the Divine Order

Monarchy properly understood is a Platonic, ultra-real Form. As Catholics, we recognize the Platonic Forms of natural philosophy as those supernaturally created by and resting eternally in the Mind of God. The Forms exist as Plato postulated, only he had no way in time and space (though we cannot be certain of this) to grasp… Continue reading Monarchy as the Platonic Form of the Divine Order