Edith Stein

“Is this not the point of all we have said about all ‘having’ coming down to ‘being’?”

The call of the heart (“There is something over there...”). The desire to know that which calls the heart (“...what is it?”). The “step-by-step” understanding of “what is it?” in our hearts. The gradual fullness of Being as we approach yet never fully grasp it. The surety that we are not lost. “There is something… Continue reading “Is this not the point of all we have said about all ‘having’ coming down to ‘being’?”

Edith Stein

Vladimir Soloviev and Edith Stein

Vladimir Soloviev and Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) strike a chord of similarity when it comes to their respective missions in life. Both philosophers saw their mission as being a reconciliation of systems, and this is what makes their works so attractive to me. They strove to reconcile whole systems, not to… Continue reading Vladimir Soloviev and Edith Stein

Joan of Arc's Platonic Mysticism

Joan of Arc’s Platonic Mysticism – Our Thesis

This profound moment in our understanding of Joan of Arc's spirituality (see the previous chapter) leads us now to an expanded discussion and the necessity of a general statement of our thesis. If Joan's inquisitors in 1431 were part of a new school of philosophical thought, one that endures even to this day, versus Joan… Continue reading Joan of Arc’s Platonic Mysticism – Our Thesis

Plato's Academy

Joan of Arc’s philosophical defense during her Inquisition

Question: What sort of help say you that this voice has brought you for the salvation of your soul? Joan: It has taught me to conduct myself well, to go habitually to church… Question: Have you some other sign that these voices are good spirits? Joan: Saint Michael assured me of it before the voices… Continue reading Joan of Arc’s philosophical defense during her Inquisition

Critique of Nietzsche

We die empty only to live. Nietzsche rises as Superman only to die.

Below is one of Nietzsche's Opus commentaries. It is a powerful artistic depiction of his Übermensch, or Superman. This is a masterpiece of communication. Anyone who has tried to write knows that the struggle is in how to bring what is in the heart and mind to life in the written word. Nietzsche is masterfully… Continue reading We die empty only to live. Nietzsche rises as Superman only to die.

St. Thérèse - Nietzsche is my Brother

St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and the pastoral approach of the Post Vatican II Church

Nietzsche as interpreted in the play, St. Thérèse: Nietzsche is my Brother. In his poignant criticism of Christians, Nietzsche makes a stunning point, one that we Christians often prefer to minimize as we point our fingers at others, pronouncing the nearness of their doom should they not also follow the Creed. The playwright places this… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and the pastoral approach of the Post Vatican II Church

Heresy of Americanism

It is due to Catholic and Royal France that there is a United States in the first place.

It is due to Catholic and Royal France that there is a United States in the first place. We were taught that our Founding Fathers were the bravest of the brave, who selflessly, with blood-bandaged feet and bloodied faces, shed the shackles of serfdom for freedom. But the truth is, without the Catholic and Royal… Continue reading It is due to Catholic and Royal France that there is a United States in the first place.

Plato's Academy

We need philosophy, but it needs to be God’s philosophy.

"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.

Royal Hearts

The Royal Heart’s abbreviated testament of consecration to Joan of Arc and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Royal Heart of RoyaumeFrance is committed to Joan of Arc and her mission "on earth as it is in Heaven" for the coming of the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For the full consecration made to St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux for Christ the King and the Immaculate… Continue reading The Royal Heart’s abbreviated testament of consecration to Joan of Arc and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Critique of Marx, Royal Quips

Royal Quips: Luther, Jefferson, and Karl Marx – it’s all one revolution

I did some light reading recently, namely, The Communist Manifesto (Bedford Series in History and Culture). The Introduction by John E. Toews does an admirable job of putting Marx and the Manifesto into historical context. He makes the clear connection between Marx and Hegel. Today's Left is very Marx and Hegel, and, counter-intuitively, so is… Continue reading Royal Quips: Luther, Jefferson, and Karl Marx – it’s all one revolution