Tim Cronin

Joined: Dec. 28, 2011


Interested in the personalism of Pope Benedict XVI, John Paul II, David L Schindler, Adrian Walker, David C. Schindler, and Wendell Berry

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Participating in Forgiveness

Aug. 13 at 10:39am | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: Aug. 16 at 9:41am

Forgiveness has often been a topic on this site so I thought I'd bring it up again after reading a comprehensive understanding of forgiveness. It seems like the approach quoted below, where forgiveness must be participated in, is correct. Understanding on the part of the victim stems from understanding oneself as a violator, although possibly not in the situation where victimized. The article also recognized that reproof is an appropriate response to the evil of victimization. God has given...

Forgiveness - Robert Spaemann

Nov. 22 at 9:17pm | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Nov. 23 at 8:08pm

I know forgiveness has been a topic on this site and I came across this gem after downloading Robert Spaemann's "Love and the Dignity of Human Life" tonight: "Well, that's just how you are;" is the opposite of forgiveness. Forgiveness means not to pin someone down on being what he is - a coward, a liar, or a traitor - but to allow him to distance himself from his being that way, and to begin anew. Being able to do...

Perichoresis, Indwelling, and Our Near-Neigh Dwellers-Bors

Jun. 4 at 3:44pm | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Jun. 11 at 2:31pm

Yesterday we celebrated the Solemnity of The Holy Trinity. The Christian doctrine of perichoresis indicates that each person of the Trinity indwells the Others. The current used meaning of the word dwelling means "to make a home". I've been thinking a lot about place, stability, and human limitations after reading some of Wendell Berry's writings. Technology is used as a means of extending our human limitations and has been embraced nowhere less critically or profoundly then in America because of...

Who is my plesion?

Feb. 6 at 7:55pm | Comments: 5 | Most recent comment: Feb. 12 at 10:39pm

The talk on "Who is my neighbor?" looks like it is going to be fascinating. As it is a topic I think about often I thought I'd post a few thoughts. I know very little about Greek but I think neighbor comes from the Greek word plesion meaning near or nigh one. I tend to think that our near ones refer to those in physical proximity due to our embodied nature. In other words that person in front of me...

David L. Schindler. The Given as Gift:

Jan. 19 at 7:41pm | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: Jan. 24 at 8:40pm

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Re: Participating in Forgiveness

Aug. 16 at 9:35am | see this comment in context

I see the prodigal son as repenting-metanoia-turning around when he is with the swine and heading back to the Father.

On the Father's part he was hoping for his return in charity. He ran to meet him at the first sign of his repentance.

Re: Participating in Forgiveness

Aug. 16 at 8:27am | see this comment in context

I don't think there can be reconciliation without repentance. We can only pray and hope for repentance.

Re: Participating in Forgiveness

Aug. 15 at 9:18pm | see this comment in context

I think it did address this to some extent by saying the victim must hope for the repentance of the violator, understand the violator in context of being a violator also, and to look with charity at the wretched position of the violator.

Re: Self-possession precedes self-giving

Aug. 12 at 9:51am | see this comment in context

You seemed to be indicating that faith is not necessary to properly reason. Yet reasoning itself is a similitude of faith through the erotic distance. I think the age of Enlightenment has showed us what happens to reason when unhitched from faith. Reason is darkened. Phenomenology is a good method for understanding experience but isn't it closed to what is beyond experience? So we can reflect on how God is immanent through phenomenology but what about how He is transcendent of His creation?

Re: Self-possession precedes self-giving

Aug. 11 at 9:06pm | see this comment in context

We don't have to posit God but our reason isn't a secular functioning. As Michael Hanby puts it in his disseration The Doxological Self:

Intentionality is intrinsically erotic, and eros intentional, with our intentional objects being....last in the order of execution and first in the order of intention. Our actions thus vestigally manifest the image of the Father's love for the Son; whether this image passes over into likeness is contigent, not upon a difference of operation, but of object


in making desire intrinsic to all inteligibility Augustine invests knowledge with the distance of eros...he essentially makes doxology the form of all human activity, and builds at least the simulacra of faith, hope, and charity into the formal structure of all human knowing.

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