A series of Haiku inspired by Chopin’s Nocturne No. 19 Soft clouds in moonlight Precision grace strikes my heart A twill spins twilight Iv’ry sounds belt sky A soul lifted up Divine clouds cover moonlight Truth known by beauty Expressed; heard; attained—now gone. Drowned by modern noise Continue reading Moonlight’s Grace
Pope Benedict XVI explained in his 1988 Erasmus lectures, “The debate about modern exegesis is not at its core a debate among historians, but among philosophers”. (Matthew J. Ramage, Jesus Interpreted, 9). Is the discussion of the Holy Scriptures primarily a philosophical debate of those who claim there is a God and those who do not? The statement appears to be correct on the surface; … Continue reading Biblical Exegesis: Primarily a philosophical discussion or historical?
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 Handmaid says, “yes.” Water drops renew For those who repent unto law Now Binds all to He Hand to Hand—Matters a seed that died now … 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 point to the picture and ask, “If you had no idea of the miraculous, wouldn’t you have some understanding seeing this event transpire?” Therefore, No … 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 ranks. It’s time to pull up from the grind and gain some much-needed perspective. It’s time to take stock, to recharge, to refocus. It’s time … 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 the text, the hope here to highlight the theme of salvation historiography that Augustine attempts to flesh out from the fall of the Roman empire. … 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 conscience of a man, who with contrition in his heart, tells his conversion story. If one were to read only the first page, one could … Continue reading Let Your Heart Burn for the Lord. St. Augustine–The Confessions