I am always trying to figure out the ‘real issue,’ why things seem to be the way they are rather than another way. It is an occupational hazard for philosophers.
For example, I was asked at the Palm Sunday Mass if I would bring up the offering for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Now, usually a family takes the offering and gifts of bread and wine to the priest. I wondered why I was asked; single persons do not reproduce in like manner as blessed loaves and fishes.
“By myself?” I asked.
I asked because I am the perfect candidate to be a striker for Kierkegaard, in a single chair hugging a wall in the back of the sanctuary. Don’t mind me; I like quietly following the liturgy in the Missal, thank you. So you’d be better off to find the “correct” configuration of per-sons to offer the fruits of man’s hands for the most wonderful, the most solemn, the most joy filled, and the most sacred action on this planet.
“On the contrary,” my Aquinian conscience says, “the Church is a family.” Oops. This is the real issue. This includes me. And you and you and you.
“Sure.” I will answer yes, amen, so be it, when Jesus’ Church calls.
“Natural reason tells us that because of the inadequacies we perceive in ourselves we need to subject to some superior source of help and direction; and whatever that source might be, everybody calls it God.” Humility, p. 17
“One must, as St. Gregory said, honor man because he is man and made in the image and likeness of God, and not for anything that surrounds him (like riches, precious clothing, power, a noble name [even one like Aquinas or Homer! 🙂 ], or a multitude of friends and relations.” Love of neighbor, p.43
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“I too am a mortal man, the same as all the rest, and a descendant of the first man formed of earth. And in my mother’s womb I was molded into flesh in a ten month period- body and blood, from the seed of man, and the pleasure that accompanies marriage. And I too, when born, inhaled the common air, and fell upon the kindred earth; wailing, I uttered that first sound common to all. In swaddling clothes and with constant care I was nurtured. For no king has any different origin or birth, but one is the entry into life for all; and in one same way they leave it.”
St John Paul II summed up the suspicion of the human reason faculty still with us today:
“Abandoning the investigation of being, modern philosophical research has concentrated instead upon human knowing. Rather than make use of the human capacity to know the truth, modern philosophy has preferred to accentuate the ways in which this capacity is limited and conditioned. This has given rise to different forms of agnosticism and relativism which have led philosophical research to lose its way in the shifting sands of widespread skepticism. Recent times have seen the rise to prominence of various doctrines which tend to devalue even the truths which had been judged certain. A legitimate plurality of positions has yielded to an undifferentiated pluralism, based upon the assumption that all positions are equally valid, which is one of today’s most widespread symptoms of the lack of confidence in truth. Even certain conceptions of life coming from the East betray this lack of confidence, denying truth to opinion; and there is a sense of being adrift. While, on the one hand, philosophical thinking has succeeded in coming closer to the reality of human life and its forms of expression, it has also tended to pursue issues—existential, hermeneutical or linguistic—which ignore the radical question of the truth about personal existence, about being and about God.” St John Paul II, encyclical Fides Et Ratio, “Faith and Reason.” I will continue this post with another piece by Dr. Richard Geraghty, which deals with how human reason has come to be so suspect and distrusted.
“Because philosophy arises from awe a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”
~St. Thomas Aquinas: Commentary, I Metaphysics, lect. 3.
“To follow Him ought to be preferred to all occupations.” Piety, P. 70
“Although God is said to be near to all men by reason of His special care over them, He is exceptionally close to those who strive to draw near to Him in faith and love…Indeed, He not only draws nigh to them; He even dwells in them through grace.” Piety, P.68
Good use of our freedom to choose is said to be virtue…For the activity of virtue is nothing else than good use of one’s freedom to choose. Piety, P.69
McClernon, John P., Sermon in a Sentence, A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life, Vol. 5, Ignatius Press:San Francisco, 2007.
Hope you all had a wonderful filled Christmas season, friends! Kassey
“There are some who are worried from day to day about temporal matters as much as a year in advance. Those who are so concerned are never at rest…Hence our Lord teaches us to ask that our bread be given us today, i.e., whatever we need for the present.” Spirit of Poverty, P.51
Happiness is not to be found in material goods [because] such goods cannot satisfy man. This is clear on many scores…Material goods, as being the lower in the order of nature, do not contain all goodness by possess only a portion of goodness.” Spirit of Poverty, P.53
“The ultimate good….contains perpetual and full joy. Our Lord was thinking of this when He bade us, in John 16:24: ‘Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.’ Full joy, however, can be gained from no creature, but only from God, in whom the entire plenitude of goodness resides.” Spirit of Poverty, P. 53