O’ Ancient Beauty Thy torrents call deep to deep Thy Word makes it be Darkness; frost and chill The Sun rises into vale Thy word; speak and melt O’ Morning Sun, shine forth Thy rays of promise to renew A … Continue reading A Seed Must Fall
Objection: The affirmation of the Resurrection as a miracle is connected to the event itself, a position that rejects, a priori of the miraculous would leave no room for the Resurrection as the Gospels teach it.” First off, I’d simply … Continue reading Do Miracles need a priori knowledge?
The Diocese of Springfield Illinois has created a new fraternal group to help support and grow the faith of men in its diocese. The diocese calls this group Legion of Valor and invites the men of our diocese to “close … Continue reading The Legion of Valor Men’s retreat: “Spiritual Warfare” w/ Fr. Sebastian Walshe
via wikipedia commons: “The Arka Church” in Nowa Huta, Poland. St. Augustine’s City of God is such a vast body of work that to write several thousand words on the document would be futile. Instead of writing a quasi-commentary on … Continue reading The Ark of History: St. Augustine’s City of God
What can be written about St. Augustine’s Confessions that has not already been written? The Confessions is the first great autobiography of Western Civilization from one of the great pillars of Western thought and rhetoric. Furthermore, it is an examination of the … Continue reading Let Your Heart Burn for the Lord. St. Augustine–The Confessions
St. Augustine is the cornerstone, so to speak, with the development of predestination theology and with its role of Grace and justification in the Christian life. The New Catholic Encyclopedia informs that “Prior to the time of St. Augustine the Fathers … Continue reading Has God chosen you to love? St. Augustine: On the Predestination of the Saints
Two finches are here Golden and Red, now Sparrow. Eat and Share a meal Recently, I’ve read two books that have spoken to me on a very spiritual level. The first being In Praise of the Useless Life by Br. Paul … Continue reading The Finches–Haiku
It is from the beginning of his prologue on the Homilies on the First Epistle of John that Augustine explains in his usual rhetorical grandeur that, “as in this same Epistle, which is very sweet to all who have a healthy taste of the heart to relish the Bread of God, and very meet to be had in remembrance in God’s Holy Church, charity is above all commended. He has spoken many words, and nearly all are about charity.”Matthew Levering in his book, The Theology of Augustine, explains that from the beginning of St. Augustine’s discourse on the examination on … Continue reading Introduction: Augustine’s Homilies on the First Epistle of John.
In his book The Theology of Augustine, Matthew Levering focuses on the theme of love, what is love and how it functions in Christian teaching. As Levering examines, according to Augustine, Scripture teaches how to love. It must be vital for the interpreter of scripture to recognize how the words of scripture direct us to love of God. So what does it mean to love? Typically, society tends to agree that being a loving person is being a good person, so perhaps, we should start at the question—What does it mean to be good? If a person loves someone there … Continue reading St. Augustine: On Christian Doctrine Commentary–Full Text
When humanity recognizes the beautiful, they see a glimpse of God. Beauty is complex; it is a participation in the Divine, as truth and love also participate. These glimpses are all around us; we merely have to disconnect for a mere second from the chains of the noise of our techno-modern society and in the silence feel the cool spring breeze, see the vibrant red of a cardinal and listen to his dawn chorus. What most experience as the beautiful is rather their limited understanding of it. We come to experience the beautiful as it is measured in physical being, … Continue reading On Beauty