Joined: Dec. 12, 2011


Recently chosen as an intern with the Daily Caller, I remain an eternal student of Philosophy with minor intellectual pursuits vast and varied. I was born in southern California, and my childhood was divided between Texas and Florida. I am the eldest of three girls, and the first in my family to pursue scholarship in the Arts and Humanities. The meaning philosophy is derived from two Greek words, philo meaning love, and sophia meaning wisdom; these two concepts serve as the foundation for my life. I recently completed an Honors Thesis on the nature of love. In the future I plan on pursuing an M.A. or a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with a focus on theology and bioethics. Journalism is the natural choice of a student trained in the Socratic art of dialogue. On the side I pursue writing essays, short stories, novels, and poetry. My dream is to start a think tank dedicated to research and writing on the idea of love across the disciplines.

Most recent posts by Samantha:     (See all of them)

Did Feminism Ruin Women? Partially.

Dec. 25 at 10:52pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Dec. 27 at 9:52am

This article was originally featured on, and recently reprinted in last week's Ruth Institute newsletter. Last Friday, Rush Limbaugh made a comment toward the end of his talk show blaming feminism for “ruining women.” Limbaugh commented on feminist academic Camille Paglia’s article in The Hollywood Reporter. He read excerpts from her article critiquing American pop culture, citing it as the source of poor role models for young men and women, and the...

It Takes a Family

Aug. 23 at 11:52pm | Comments: 0

If you have been following the news as of late, you have undoubtedly noticed the growing controversy over the definition of marriage in American society. For those of you concerned about the status of love, marriage, and sexuality among the youth, those of my generation who are graduating from college and entering the adult sphere, you might be pleased to discover that there are young adults in support of traditional marriage.  Just last month, The Ruth Institute sponsored their...

The Effects of Love

Apr. 25 at 8:35pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Apr. 25 at 9:23pm

I wanted to share an excerpt from Fulton Sheen's Three to Get Married, a wonderful work for Christians to read in preparation for marriage. He begins to outline three "effects of love," and below I have provided his words on two, ecstasy and zeal: "Too many married people expect their partner to give that which only God can give, namely, an eternal ecstasy. If man or woman could give that which the heart wants, he or she would...

Virginity Burning a Hole in Your Pocket

Apr. 15 at 5:19pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Apr. 15 at 9:14pm

As I was reading the chapter "Science and Witchcraft" from Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World, a book assigned for extra credit, when my train of thought took an interesting detour. In reading a section on German witchcraft in the seventeenth century, my thoughts were brought to Catholicism, and then, what else? Virginity. In his book, Sagan cites Friedrich von Spee, a Jesuit priest who published Cautio Criminalis (Precautions for Prosecutors), warning his people of the danger in the popular gossip...

Love’s Knowledge

Apr. 15 at 2:36pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Sep. 11 at 12:48am

It is possible to love more than we know. Fulton Sheen Love’s Knowledge             One of the most difficult debates within the philosophy of love arises when we ask: Does love precede knowledge, or does knowledge precede love? Many are left without a satisfactory answer. I will address the handling of the topic by our phenomenologists of love. How can we properly found or direct our love if...

Latest comments by Samantha:     (See all of them)

Re: Recovering Christmas joy

Jan. 13 at 4:31pm | see this comment in context

I really appreciate your honesty, Katie. I look forward to hearing more of your reflection!

Re: Dr. Marra says it all

Apr. 25 at 8:49pm | see this comment in context

Interesting! What did you think of his work? I'm halfway through, and it's a good work to expose lay (non-philosophical) readers to basic Christian principles of sexual chastity and purity. Although I'll always prefer D v H's Purity and Marriage, essential texts for anyone interested in good Catholic theology of love and sex.

Re: The downsides of co-habitation

Apr. 25 at 8:46pm | see this comment in context

I am glad you posted something on this topic. Co-habitation is a recent topic of interest in my research. From both Christian and secular sources I have come across interesting and ultimately convincing arguments against living together before marriage.

The first source I found was in Mindy Meier's "Sex and Dating: Questions You Wish You Had Answers To." In her book, she provides good research and a Christian answer.

In the recent book by Lori Gottlieb's "Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough." Writing from the perspective of a secular Jewish woman, Lori's professional and personal research leaves us with a surprisingly Christian answer to a modern problem.

For supremely interested scholars, there is an upcoming workshop with The Witherspoon Institute: "Does True Love Wait? Marriage, Cohabitation, and Relationships among Young Adults Today."

Re: The effect of suffering is an either/or

Apr. 25 at 8:34pm | see this comment in context

I have actually been thinking about Kierkegaard's personal life lately, and how it must inform his philosophy of love. I wonder if his paternal problems- the shame, fear, regret- and his father's relationship with Kierkegaard's mother have inevitably colored his views on engagement, marriage, and all forms of preferential love. He was born out of sin (although his father did marry his mother), and perhaps this informs his emphasis on neighbor-love and his occasional disparagement of preferential or spousal love. Although I find in Kierkegaard a wonderful body of Christian meditations on love, his writings on marital love are severely lacking. His discourse on marriage was wonderful, however Kierkegaard fails to rival von Hildebrand's work on "preferential" love. Any thoughts?

Re: Dr. Marra says it all

Apr. 25 at 8:27pm | see this comment in context

Thanks for reminding me of this! It was a wonderful find. It reminds me of a work that I am slowly making my way through, Fulton Sheen's Three to Get Married

Too often in today's culture do couples of all ages disregard the "veil" of our "sexual secret." 

For a great contemporary work that outlines the scientific backing behind the intimate disclosure of sex, check out "Holy Sex!" by Dr. Gregory Popcak.

Some research on the cognitive, physiological effects of the sexual union and the damage of the severing of the sexual relationship was shared with me by a seminarian at Saint Thomas U recently. It's great to meet other young individuals who care about the sanctity of the sexual union.

Stay informed

Latest comments

  • Re: Cutting ties
  • By: Disciplined_Idea
  • Re: What would Newman say about the Synod?
  • By: Freda
  • Re: What would Newman say about the Synod?
  • By: Freda
  • Re: Searching for community
  • By: Disciplined_Idea
  • Re: A "Personal" Lord and Savior?
  • By: Disciplined_Idea
  • Re: Who Cares What You Think?
  • By: Devra Torres
  • Re: Who Cares What You Think?
  • By: Marilyn Prever
  • Re: Cutting ties
  • By: Katie van Schaijik
  • Re: The problem with "consenting adults"
  • By: Disciplined_Idea
  • Re: Cutting ties
  • By: Disciplined_Idea

Latest active posts

Reading circles