The Days of Our Glory

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Darkness is a fearsome thing: concealing, obscuring, bearing with it an almost tangible sense of oppression. The promise of the savior in Isaiah is nothing less than the promise to banish the darkness: the people who walked in darkness shall see a great light. What does the Psalmist tell us? I wait for the Lord, [Read More...]

Francis, Benedict, and Pelagius

Pelagius

Yesterday’s tempest in a Z-cup focused on Pope Francis’s curious phrase “self-absorbed promethean neopelagianism,” used to describe certain factions within Catholic traditionalism. I remain puzzled that Francis has, on multiple occasions, felt the need to single out traditionalists for criticism, given the nature of evil at large in world. Most traditionalists are good and holy [Read More...]

A Light Hidden in a Cave

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The soul is a breath of God, and has suffered a mixture of heavenly and earthly, a light hidden in a cave, but, all the same, divine and imperishable. –Gregory of Naziansus– The soul is the light of God, Who sparks matter into Being within each individual. In his Theological Poems (1.1.8, De Anima), Gregory [Read More...]

“Love alone makes us happy”

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Benedict on Love, from his Sunday, 7 June 2009 Angelus message, because I miss his voice: [Jesus] revealed to us that God is love “not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance” (Preface). He is the Creator and merciful Father; he is the Only-Begotten Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, who [Read More...]

Francis and Benedict, Peter and John

John and Peter

I’m fortunate to have read Pope Francis’ interview before reading any of the fooforaw. Reading him cold, I saw not a single thing out of line with the papacy of Benedict XVI, which is why I was surprised at all the gnashing of teeth going on about a few words taken out of context by the [Read More...]

Spinoza’s Excommunication from the People of Israel

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Humanities has a good article analyzing the causes for the uniquely vicious writ of excommunication pronounced upon the philosopher Baruch Spinoza by the leaders of the Portuguese Jewish community in Amsterdam. The text is notable for its eye-popping condemnations, curses, and vitriol, particularly since it was written before Spinoza had published any controversial opinions. Let’s [Read More...]

This is the Wood of the Cross

Christ falls with the cross Domenicino ...ITALIAN (1581-1641) The Getty Center, Los Angeles - U.S.A.

Thanks for your patience over the last month while I throttled back on the more regular and/or serious blogging to take some time with family. This summer has been hell, and I thought some time away from the computer would be a good thing, particularly in the dog days of summer when all the cool [Read More...]

St. Augustine and the Jews

The pilleus cornutus was a pointed had which medieval Jewish men had to wear when travelling outside their ghettos.

This is a post from way back at the beginning of this blog, but it’s one of the better things I’ve published here and it wasn’t seen by too many people at the time. Since today is the feast day of St. Augustine, I decided to rerun it.  The paper was the product of a [Read More...]


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