I forgot to mention that St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother, a play written by a Carmelite nun, is underscored by Gustav Mahler's 10th symphony. The play follows five movements accompanied by Mahler. I always liked Mahler but have not listened to him for a decade or more. At the time I liked him but… Continue reading St. Thérèse and Gustav Mahler’s 10th Symphony
I forgot to mention that St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother, a play written by a Carmelite nun, is underscored by Gustav Mahler's 10th symphony. The play follows five movements accompanied by Mahler. I always liked Mahler but have not listened to him for a decade or more. At the time I liked him but… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Mahler
When I began my philosophy challenge back in September, I did not do it simply to try to be smart about such things. I did it for very practical reasons, one of which was to forge ahead on my own life's journey. I knew what to believe but remained fascinated with how we come to… Continue reading St Thérèse – Nietzsche is my brother
I am beside myself with joy. I discovered this book. Edith Stein (a Jewish convert to the faith and now canonized saint) is my philosophy mentor, the patroness of my rational thought. Edith Stein showed me where the bridges are over the chasms I had reached in the development of my life's philosophical models. She… Continue reading Edith Stein – the patroness of my rational thought.
"All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 "And when I turned myself to all the works which my hands had wrought, and to the labours wherein I had laboured in vain, I saw in all things vanity, and vexation of mind, and that nothing was… Continue reading “All things have their season” – and St. Joan guides my way through every crossroad
"What is it that hath been? the same thing that shall be. What is it that hath been done? the same that shall be done. Nothing under the sun is new, neither is any man able to say: Behold this is new: for it hath already gone before in the ages that were before us.… Continue reading We need philosophy, but it needs to be God’s philosophy.
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)
"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
"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
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