"The Lord is magnified, not because the human voice can add anything to God but because he is magnified within us. Christ is the image of God, and if the soul does what is right and holy, it magnifies that image of God, in whose likeness it was created and, in magnifying the image of God, the soul has a share in its greatness and is exalted."
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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Friday, September 24, 2010
"Whether or not the scriptural writers, along with the rest of society until the twentieth century, were indeed ignorant of the fact that some people have a predominantly homosexual inclination, is a historical question that cannot be considered resolved by the evidence provided in The Sexual Person" (p. 6). [This reminds me of C.S. Lewis's point in Mere Christianity about the supposed ignorance of the way babies are made by the writers of the infant narratives who described a virgin birth.]"An epistemology that denies to human reason the capacity to grasp the intelligibility of nature and to discern an intrinsic order to nature is too skeptical to be compatible with a Catholic understanding of the human person as created in the image of God and a created order that has come into being and is sustained in being by the eternal Logos" (p. 11).[I've never really understood Christians who are enamored of Hume.]"For example, they propose that homosexual acts can be justified on the basis of a personal, affective complementarity between persons of a homosexual orientation. In their view, personal complementarity is independent of bodily complementarity, and exists even when contradicted by bodily non-complementarity. The implication here is that the personal and the bodily are separable. Rather than an integral part of the human person, the human body becomes merely an instrument of the human spirit, an instrument that can be manipulated according to one's desire" (p. 15). [Dualism rears its ugly head again. And, yes, Kevin, I put a lot of the blame on Descartes.]"Indeed, rather than setting moral limits, the chief concern of the authors of The Sexual Person appears to be to provide a moral justification for sexual behaviors that are common in contemporary culture but rejected as immoral by the Church" (p. 18). [Ear-ticklers.]:"The very idea of unnormed, individual experience as foundational results in a dangerous circularity, so that one's prejudices and those of one's culture can be simply reinforced" (p. 21). [My question is, why can't they and their like see this fatal flaw?]
Sunday, September 19, 2010
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I wonder, though, whether "lame duck" is the best term to describe the current translation. I associate that term with impotence and ineffectiveness. Whatever its inferiority to the revised translation, it is certainly neither impotent or ineffective. In fact, many wonderful and holy Catholics today have had their relationships with Christ an His Church fed exclusively with this translation. And this will continue to be the case until Advent, 2011. I have always advocated for a better translation and at the same time defended the spiritual potential of the present translation. It is not negligible.
I think the best approach is to say, "You think the current translation is spiritual rich; wait until you try the revised one!"
Monday, September 13, 2010
8. Periods of renewal in the Church are also intense moments of catechesis. In the great era of the Fathers of the Church, saintly bishops devoted an important part of their ministry to catechesis. St. Cyril of Jerusalem and St. John Chrysostom, St. Ambrose and St. Augustine, and many other Fathers wrote catechetical works that remain models for us.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Monday, September 06, 2010
Oremus. Omnipotens, sempiterne Deus, qui gloriosae Virginis Matris Mariae corpus et animam, ut dignum Filii tui habitaculum effici mereretur, Spiritu Sancto cooperante, praeparasti: da, ut cuius commemoratione laetamure; eius pia intercessione, ab instantibus malis et a morte perpetua liberemur. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen
(Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, by the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, you prepared the body and soul of Mary, glorious Virgin and Mother, to become the worthy habitation of your Son; grant that by her gracious intercession, in whose commemoration we rejoice, we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
He links, however, to the one I'm familiar with:
Oremus. Deus refugium nostrum et virtus, populum ad te clamantem propitius respice; et intercedente gloriosa et immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice Maria, cum beato Joseph eius Sponso, ac beatis Apostolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis, quas pro conversione peccatorum, pro libertate et exaltatione sanctae Matris Ecclesiae, preces effundimus, misericors et benignus exaudi. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum Amen.
(Which means something like this: O God our refuge and our strength, graciously receive the people calling to you; and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, with her spouse blessed Joseph, and your blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, mercifully and generously hear the prayers we pour forth for the conversion of sinners, for the freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)
DEUS, cuius Unigenitus per vitam, mortem et resurrectionem suam nobis salutis aeternae praemia comparavit, concede, quaesumus: ut haec mysteria sacratissimo beatae Mariae Virginis Rosario recolentes, et imitemur quod continent, et quod promittunt assequamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.Let us pray
GOD, Who by the life, death, and resurrection of Thy only-begotten Son, hath purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating on these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Magis entails three major facets: (1) exploring new frontiers of the mind, particularly in science, philosophy, and theology; (2) pursuing new endeavors of the heart and spirit; and (3) providing resources for others to do likewise.
The Magis Center of Reason and Faith (MCRF) is dedicated to demonstrating the complementary relationship among physics, philosophy, reason, and faith. In the last ten to fifteen years, rational evidence for the existence of God from the fields of astrophysics, philosophy of mathematics, and metaphysics has increased significantly. Indeed, no other decade in history has revealed more or better evidence for the existence of God. The Magis Center of Reason and Faith is dedicated to exploring the close connection between reason and faith in three areas:
We are pursuing four projects in each of these areas:
- The intersection of astrophysics, cosmology, and faith.
- The intersection between philosophy and faith.
- Suffering and the love of God.
- Documentaries featuring outstanding physicists, cosmologists, and philosophers, which will be available on the Center's website free of charge. The first documentary, Astrophysics and Creation, will be available around October, 2010.
- Full interviews with physicists and cosmologists, as well as videos, exploring the evidence for the beginning of the universe and supernatural fine-tuning. These will also be available on the website free of charge starting May, 2010.
- High school curricula concerned with science and faith, philosophy and faith, and suffering and the love of God. Each curriculum is designed for delivery in the format of one week of fifty minute classes (e.g., a week of religion and/or science classes), beginning in September 2010.
- An accredited web-based college course on the philosophy of God addressing the following topics: (1) scientific evidence of a beginning of the universe; (2) philosophical proofs for the existence of God; (3) the question of suffering, evil, and God; and (4) the question of atheism. This course will be available around June, 2011.
The MAGIS Center for Catholic Spirituality (MCCS) focuses on converting ideas about transforming and healing the culture into action, either as a part of the MCCS or, finally, as independent organizations. Initiatives include the Daily Ignatian Reflections, the Los Angeles and Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfasts, the Family Legacy Forum, the annual Ignatian Spiritual Retreat, and the MCCS Dinner Speaker Series.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
- 14: Optional memorial of Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr. Vigil of the Solemnity of The Assumption.
- 15: Solemnity of The Assumption of Mary.
- 19: Optional memorial of John Eudes, priest, founder of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary).
- 20: Memorial of Bernard, abbot and doctor, author of the Memorare.
- 22: Memorial of The Queenship of Mary.
- 8: Feast of The Birth of Mary.
- 12: The Holy Name of Mary.
- 15: Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
- History: Church History I: Examination of Trinitarian Theology
- Theology: Ecclesiology I (The Study of the Church, Part 1)
- Theology: The Trinity
- Government: Advanced Government
- Latin I, Part One (First Year Latin)
- German I, Part One (First Year German)
- Math: Saxon Algebra I, Part I
- Literature: The Iliad: Glory and the Will of God
- Latin II, Part One (Second Year Latin)
- Philosophy: What is Beauty?
- Latin III, Part One (Third Year Latin)
- Science: Blood; In Sickness and in Health (Anatomy & Physiology)
- Theology: Introduction to the Bible; Old Testament
- Theology: Sacramental Theology I
- Theology: Christian Anthropology II
- Literature: Sophocles and Tragedy
- Theology: Moral Theology II
- Literature: Mark Twain; Friends, Fiends, and Freedom in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Latin I, Part One (First Year Latin)
- German I, Part One (First Year German)
- History: The Greeks; Fathers of Enquiry
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
- the Cosmos of time and matter, in which we live;
- The spiritual realm of the angels and spiritual beings (including the resurrected human person);
- The One, or God.
- There is the relative eternity of spiritual beings not in the matter/time cosmos;
- There is the absolute eternity of God and in God. Absolute eternity is independent of creation, whether spiritual (invisible) or material (visible)
- Are the Son and Spirit simply a part of the Cosmos? This would lead to the heresies of adoptionaism or modalism;
- Are the part of the non-temporal spiritual realm which is distinct from the One but prior to the Cosmos? Are they spirit beings (Angels)? This is a form of eminationism, similar to wht we see in Gnosticism or neoplatonism. If so, can we worship them?
- Are they in the eternal one? If so, how can we maintain that there is one God?
Certain texts, especially in St Maximos the Confessor, also use the word aeon in a connected but much more specific way, to denote a level intermediate between eternity in the full sense (...aidiotes) and time as known to us in our present experience (...chronos)....There are thus three levels:(a) eternity, the totum simul or simultaneous presence of all time and reality as known to God, who alone has neither origin nor end, and who is therefore alone eternal in the full sense;(b) The aeon, or totum simul as known to the angels, and also to human persons who possess experience of the 'age to come': although having no end, these angelic or human beings, because they are created, are not self-originating, and therefore are not eternal in the sense that God is eternal;(c) time, that is temporal succession as known to us in the 'present age'.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Fifth-century Christianity was a theological battlefield. With the Messalian heretics and their experientialist spirituality on the one side and the intellectualist school on the other, representatives of both extremes found themselves condemned by the Church. In this milieu of subjectivist notions of grace and negative anthropology, there appeared a true mystic, Diadochus, Bishop of Photike in Epiros. His is a theology whose two poles are God's grace and man's ability to cooperate with it by way of discernment of spirits. Diadochus's ability to salvage what was orthodox from the Messalians and the intellectualists proves that, rather than a reactionary, he was a true theologian capable of synthesis, open to the truth even if found in his adversary, and yet firm in his faith, unwilling to compromise. He is among the earliest witnesses of the Jesus Prayer.
Diadochus is the most important spiritual writer of his century, whose influence can be found in the writings of Maximus the Confessor, Simeon the New Theologian, Gregory of Palamas, and the author of The Way of the Pilgrim.
This is the first translation of his complete works in English.
Fr. Cliff's other books are:
Common Nonsense: 25 Fallacies About Life (and their solutions). Circle Press, 2005.
St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer. Sophia Institute Press, 2009.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Spouse and Victim: The Itinerary of Grace at Work in Her Soul from Baptism to Spiritual Marriage and Self-Offering. I.C.S. Publications, 2010.
St. Anthony's parishioners are very glad to have him as our new pastor. He gives great homilies (in which he quotes frequently from the Fathers and other great saints and theologians). He also plays rugby and bagpipes. My daughter was very pleased to have a Caledoniphile for a pastor.
Friday, August 06, 2010
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I'm tearing up just typing this.Aragorn knelt beside him. Boromir opened his eyes and strove to speak. At last slow words came. "I tried to take the Ring from Frodo," he said. "I am sorry. I have paid." His glance strayed to his fallen enemies; twenty at least lay there. "They have gone: the Haflings; The Orcs have taken them. I think they are not dead. Orcs bound them." He paused and his eyes closed wearily. After a moment he spoke again."Farewell, Aragorn! Go to Minas Tirith and save my people! I have failed.""No!" said Aragorn, taking his hand and kissing his brow. "You have conquered. Few have gained such a victory. Be at peace! Minas Tirith shall not fall!"
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Dear NFP Friend,Summer will soon be here and registrations are now being taken for the interdisciplinary conference,Human Fertility—Where Faith and Science Meet (July 15-17, 2010). Please visit our website to view the conference agenda and down-load a copy of the registration form: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/nfp/Human-Fertility-Agenda.pdf. The mission of the conference is to promote research on the science of Natural Family Planning and academic thinking about the Catholic Church’s teachings on human sexuality, marriage and family life. This academic conference is offered every four years. It is co-sponsored by the Bishops’ Committee for Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and:
Please join us for what should be an exciting conference. If you would like to register, please obtain the form from:http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/nfp/Human-Fertility-Reg-Form.pdf and mail it along with the registration fee to the NFP Program, USCCB, 3211 4th St., N.E., Washington, DC 20017.Please note that the site of the conference is the:Intercontinental Hotel Milwaukee, WI; 139 East Kilbourn Avenue; Milwaukee, WI 53202www.intercontinentalmilwaukee.com A special conference room rate of $159.00 is available for conference participants. Please contact the hotel directly to book your room.Thank you for all you do to promote Natural Family Planning and the Church’s teachings on marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood!Sincerely in Christ,Theresa Notare, PhD
- The Catholic University of America, School of Theology & Religious Studies
- Marquette University, College of Nursing, Institute for Natural Family Planning
- Saint Louis University, Nursing Center for Fertility Education
- Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
- Co-sponsor of Science Sessions, Georgetown University, Institute for Reproductive Health
Saturday, June 12, 2010
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Intellectuals can also do much to build a new culture of human life. A special task falls to Catholic intellectuals, who are called to be present and active in the leading centres where culture is formed, in schools and universities, in places of scientific and technological research, of artistic creativity and of the study of man. Allowing their talents and activity to be nourished by the living force of the Gospel, they ought to place themselves at the service of a new culture of life by offering serious and well documented contributions, capable of commanding general respect and interest by reason of their merit. It was precisely for this purpose that I established the Pontifical Acad- emy for Life, assigning it the task of "studying and providing information and training about the principal problems of law and biomedicine pertaining to the promotion of life, especially in the direct relationship they have with Christian morality and the directives of the Church's Magisterium". A specific contribution will also have to come from Universities, particularly from Catholic Universities, and from Centres, Institutes and Committees of Bioethics.
I will be there giving a paper as well. If you are interested, you can get more information on the UFL web page here.Hosted by the CUA Columbus School of Law and School of Philosophy. Generously Supported by Our Sunday Visitor Institute
Confirmed Special Speakers include
• Hadley Arkes
• Erika Bachiochi
• Richard Doerflinger
• John Keown
• David Solomon and Elizabeth Kirk
• James Schall and Robert Sokolowski
Concurrent Sessions on an array of Topics
“Life and Learning Conference XX” will be held in the beautiful Home of the Columbus School of Law on the campus of The Catholic University, close to the Brookland/CUA METRO Station. Campus Housing for Participants. Registration Fee of $60 includes continental Breakfast, box lunch, and Conference Banquet.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Is man just a "ghost in a machine," or is the body something other than a mechanical structure extrinsic to who we are as persons? What if the body is the necessary communication of the spirit and a necessary expression of the self. What if the body is not only that, but also a word from God Himself about Himself and about who we are? What impact would such an affirmation have on health care in the United States and in the world?
Monday, May 17, 2010
Unless Marquette and other Catholic universities do something to revitalize the Catholic intellectual tradition on their campuses, they are doomed. Offering a high level position to academics such as Jodi O'Brien will undercut any effort to do so. If anyone wonders what the difference is between a place like Marquette and a place like Notre Dame, this is it. Notre Dame takes the public and explicit manifestation of its Catholic identity and the Catholic intellectual tradition. quite seriously (although clearly not perfectly!). Even if the facult as a whole isn't throroughly grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition, places like Marquette need something like Notre Dame's Center for Ethics and Culture, or Maritain Institute, or Medieval Institute, etc. .
One of the best sources of documentation of both sides of the controversy, albeit from a strongly anti-O'Brien perspective, is the blog of Political Science professor John McAdams, The Marquette Warrior. I am especially glad that Drs. Del Colle and Johnson of Theology and Drs. Ashmore and Ibáñez-Noé of Philosophy and made the statements they did.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Ad hanc vero communionem inter personas promovendam, Revelatio christiana magnum subsidium affert, simulque ad altiorem vitae socialis legum intelligentiam nos perducit quas Creator in natura spirituali ac morali hominis inscripsit.Now, here is the English translation on the Vatican web page:
Christian revelation contributes greatly to the promotion of this communion between persons, and at the same time leads us to a deeper understanding of the laws of social life which the Creator has written into man's moral and spiritual nature.Notice that the translator switched the order of "spiritual" and "moral" at the end of the sentence. Why? My guess: maybe it is because rhetorically Latin puts the most important term in a list first, but English puts the most important term last. Any Englishist/Latinist out there want to confirm my guess?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
I do wonder, and still can't figure out why "One Bread, One Body" is not a good Communion meditation. Maybe it is because I'm not well-formed enough in music. Maybe it reminds people too much musically of "Let it Be," especially since the original accompaniment of "One Bread, Once Body" was piano. On the other hand, "Let it Be" was originally intended by Paul McCartney to have "religious" overtones, even if it is about his own mother, rather than the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On the other hand, I love and prefer chant, polyphony, and traditional hymns. These are the mainstay at my own parish, the choir of which is directed by the great Lee Erickson, who also directs the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He does, on occasion, slip in a dignified OCP staple, even one by Jan Michael Joncas.
The best part of the article is the link to the Choralwiki, a source for public domain downloadable choir music.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
I realised that I had been seeing celibacy in negative terms: 'No' to marriage, 'No' to sex, 'No' to children - when in reality it was a profound 'Yes'.
It was a way of putting Christ at the centre of your life, of giving your whole heart to those you would serve as a priest.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
- Newman 101: An Introduction to the Life and Philosophy of John Cardinal Newman by Roderick Strange, Christian Classics, 2008. Download
- Newman 101: An Introduction to the Life and Philosophy of John Cardinal Newman by Roderick Strange, Christian Classics, 2008. Download
- How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Regnery Publishing, Inc., 20 Download
- Flannery O’Connor: Spiritual Writings by Flannery O’Connor, ed. Robert Ellsburg, Orbis Book Download
- A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World by Carl Anderson, HarperOne, 2009. Download
- Everlasting Man by G.K. (Gilbert Keith) Chesterton, Ignatius Press, r Download
- Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton, John Lane Co, 1908, reprinted by Download
- Economics for Helen: A Brief Outline of Real Economy by Hilaire Belloc, Forward by Dr. Alberto Piedra, Int Download
- Second One Thousand Years: Ten People Who Defined a Millennium by Richard John Neuhaus, editor, William B. Eerdmans Download
Here is the mission statement of Catholic Book Review Monthly. It's purpose corresponds closely to the purpose of this blog:
Our goal is to provide a gateway into good and great books for readers who wish to read spiritual books from an authentically Catholic perspective. We aim to help readers select from the vast array of books available from both the past and the present with an emphasis on the more recent. An author profile or links to information about the author will be included when appropriate.
The reviews are meant to be primarily summaries of the books, rather than critical
assessments, though they may occasionally contain elements of criticism. Thus the reader can obtain some of the benefits of the book, and may be stimulated to read it as well.
I think Mary writes some of the reviews, and Chris Chan writes others. I don't know if she has any other contributors.