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Katie van Schaijik

Joined: Aug. 12, 2011

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Restless, melancholic soul of Irish descent. Born and raised in Connecticut, married to a Dutchman, mother of two daughters and three sons. I love books, conversation, friendship, delicious food, gardens, long walks and beautiful places. I am easily ensnared in politics and web-browsing. I crave silence, sweetness, poetry and peace. I am always wanting to write and ever-failing to write. All my hope is in God’s power and will to save; all my trust is in His promise.


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Personalism and the Judeo-Christian tradition

Oct. 11 at 10:33am | Comments: 20 | Most recent comment: Oct. 18 at 8:44am

Member Peter asks a question that deserves an answer: Can someone please explain to me how the personalist project concludes that no other persons besides Jews and Christians have the spiritual resources to acknowledge unconditional worth in all human persons?  He is referring to the essay laying out our sense of personalism composed at our request by John Crosby. It includes the following paragraph: According to our personalism, this sense of personal existence has emerged in the encounter with...

A call for radical, embodied love

Oct. 6 at 7:12am | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: Oct. 14 at 5:12pm

In remarks opening the Extraordinary Synod on marriage yesterday, Pope Francis struck several characteristically personalist notes in a few words. He called for "a fraternal exchange of views" among the bishops—a spirit of openness and receptivity. This is not a power struggle; they are not to vie for victory over one another, but to recognize the partiality of each one's perspective and the value of what others have to offer, trusting that the Lord would lead them to...

On speaking what we feel

Sep. 26 at 12:33pm | Comments: 6 | Most recent comment: Sep. 27 at 9:29pm

Jules and I saw an outstanding production of King Lear in Philadelphia the other day. As always with Shakespeare, I kept marveling over the ineffable breadth and depth and pith and poetry of his insight into human experience. But one line in particular stood out, I think because we've been reflecting so much on the emotions around here lately. It's among the concluding lines of the drama. Nearly all the principal characters have died or been killed. The Duke of...

About shaking the dust from our sandals

Sep. 25 at 12:31pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Sep. 25 at 4:03pm

In response to my post on soundness in relationships, friend Rebecca wrote a note at once encouraging and challenging, going right to the heart of things. Katie, thank you so much for posting this. It makes a lot of sense and I think it's a really valuable contribution to a discussion that needs to happen much, much, more frequently. I would really like to see a follow up (post? discussion? conversation?) about the "shaking the dust from your feet part."...

If it doesn’t feel like love, it isn’t

Sep. 19 at 9:24am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Sep. 25 at 12:41pm

Some things that feel like love, aren't. Like seduction or eroticism or flattery. On the other hand, if it doesn't look like love or feel like love—if it's cold and condemning and feels like contempt —it isn't love. Love actually does feel like love.Sometimes love has to inflict pain. But it hates having to do that. It's sorry to give pain. It hastens to soothe and comfort afterwards. We shouldn't delude ourselves into imagining that "hating...


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Re: Active Collaboration (CDF)

Oct. 24 at 8:31pm | see this comment in context

I would like to see the Covenant Communities repudiate the false model established and promulgated by Steve Clark, which is incompatible with feminine dignity and Church teaching. Until they do, I will be leary of them.

Re: Factions

Oct. 22 at 9:24am | see this comment in context

I'm all in favor. I think it's a great gift for the faithful to get to see, in real time, the way the teachings of the Church are worked out in human terms.

It's always been messy. It's always been politically fraught.

The only thing that has distressed me surrounding the Synod is the reaction to it among traditionalists, which has struck me as depressingly faithfuless. (Don't we believe the Holy Spirit is at work? Don't we trust fully that the Church will not fall into error? Don't we really see the Pope as the Vicar of Christ?)

Re: Personalism and the Judeo-Christian tradition

Oct. 18 at 8:44am | see this comment in context

Peter, I'm sorry we don't see eye to eye. You see me throwing out red herrings and trying to prove something. I see myself explaining my reasoning and the meaning of the claim in our essay.

I'm afraid there isn't enough common ground to make the discussion fruitful.

Re: Personalism and the Judeo-Christian tradition

Oct. 15 at 8:43am | see this comment in context

Peter, as I said, the claim is not a strict logical conclusion from indubitable premises, but more like what Newman called "a convergence of probabilities"—a summing up of what I see and experience. 

If I observe that the philosophical enterprise of personalism depends on 1) a conceptural framework present in the Judeo/Christian tradition and not present in others, and 2) a lived personal relation with the Divine Person who is the ground of our being as persons, then it is not bigotry to make the claim I make in our essay.

If you want to dispute the claim, why don't you try providing evidence that other traditions do, in fact, have a conceptural framework and a mode of religious existence that supports the essential claims of personalism.

So far your disagreement is no more than an ungrounded assertion that the claim is false.

Re: Personalism and the Judeo-Christian tradition

Oct. 14 at 7:52pm | see this comment in context

I just came up this passage in Roger Scruton's Soul of the World, which seems to me apropos somehow.

Whatever we think of the evolutionary significance of religious belief, and its role in natural selection, we should recognize that there is another and far more transparent function that religion seems to perform: the maintenance of the life of the person. Every aspect of religious belief and obedience contributes to this. Religions focus and amplify the moral sense; they ring-fence those aspects of life in which personal responsibilities are rooted—notably sex, family, territory, and law. They feed into the distinctively human emotions, like hope and charity, which lift us above the motives that rule the lives of other animals, and cause us to live by culture and not by instinct.

I think it goes without saying that not all religions do this equally well. Insofar as a religious doctrine is false, for instance, it can serve to distort or constrict the moral sense, rather than amplify it.

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