Edith Stein

We reach God, she says, not only through faith and contemplation but ‘by thinking’

Edith Stein continues to be my refuge in the philosophical storm raging on us from the modern world. She is my mentor. One can fight the raging fire of Nietzsche, the presumptuous Spirit of Hegel, or the depressing Utopia of Marx only for so long before needing proper sustenance. I was delighted (as I quite… Continue reading We reach God, she says, not only through faith and contemplation but ‘by thinking’

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

St. Thérèse - Nietzsche is my Brother

St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Vatican II

The quote below is the single most intriguing statement I have ever read when reflecting on the post-Vatican II world. I have never thought the idea and original intent of Vatican II to be bad; I only have recognized the obvious that everything went really badly after Vatican II. Sure, one knows a tree by… Continue reading St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Vatican II

St. Thérèse - Nietzsche is my Brother

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 and Gustav Mahler’s 10th Symphony

St. Thérèse - Nietzsche is my Brother

St. Thérèse, Nietzsche, and Mahler

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

St. Thérèse - Nietzsche is my Brother

St Thérèse – Nietzsche is my brother

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

Plato's Academy

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

Royal Hearts

The life and sacred duty of a Royal Heart

The Royal Heart finds him or herself with the gravest and noblest of duties. That duty is the defense and propagation of an entire Kingdom. And this is not just any kingdom, but it is the Kingdom of God that has been freely given by the Father in the Holy Spirit through the infinite merits… Continue reading The life and sacred duty of a Royal Heart