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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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Searching for community

Jul. 30 at 10:13am | Comments: 33 | Most recent comment: Aug. 1 at 11:53am

One of my ongoing mental preoccupations is the problem of community. How do we establish it without getting it wrong? What are the sound principles of "intentional" communal living? By "intentional" I mean a kind of communal life that is deliberately adopted and cultivated, as opposed to what occurs spontaneously just from the fact of our living in society. I've been pondering it since my undergraduate days, when my discovery of philosophy coincided with the imploding of the covenant communities...

Conversation with John Crosby

Jul. 28 at 2:09pm | Comments: 0

We posted the section about von Hildebrand and Vatican II on the main feed. Members can find the interview in its entirety here. It's about 50 minutes long. If you've already listened to the section on the main feed, and want to forward past that part, it ends at minute 43:17 or so.  Feedback always more than welcome!

A conversation with John F. Crosby

Jul. 28 at 11:07am | Comments: 0

No single person has done more to shape our understanding of Christian personalism than our former professor, John F. Crosby. Last week he and his wife, Pia, visited us in New Hampshire, and he kindly agreed to sit down with me for a recorded conversation about personalism and phenomenology, von Hildebrand, Newman and Wojtyla. One of the questions I asked had to do with von Hildebrand and Vatican II. Von Hildebrand is well-known for his passionate opposition to the liturgical...

DHLP Call for Papers on the Power of Beauty

Jul. 23 at 11:48am | Comments: 0

  Call for Papers and Graduate Student Essay Contest The Power of Beauty A conference co-sponsored by:  M.A. Philosophy Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and The Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project October 24-25, 2014 Keynote Address"Beauty and Desecration"Roger Scruton Helpful links: Register for the Conference Get the flier Visit the Conference page at Franciscan University of Steubenville Visit the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project   Focus of the Conference "Beauty will save the...

Tenderness and gallantry

Jul. 22 at 10:27am | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Jul. 23 at 9:55am

Alice von Hildebrand is with us for the summer, as usual. She is busy putting the finishing touches on the story of her years of teaching at Hunter City College of New York, soon to be published under the title, Memoirs of a Happy Failure. The manuscript includes several photographs. One in particular stood out. It's not just that I haven't seen many pictures of her and her husband together; it's that the gesture is so exceptionally eloquent and...


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Re: List of Personalistic Pros/Cons for Covenant Community

Aug. 1 at 3:20pm | see this comment in context

This list reinforces impressions I have gathered elsewhere that even with the reforms, the covenant communities haven't yet managed to fully overcome some of their problems. I'm thinking specifically of the problem of externalism and conformism.

I've also heard, anecdotally, stories that make me think their teaching on marriage and of authority stills leaves a lot to be desired.

I have no doubt that they do much good, though. I can understand why people join and why people stay, even with all the imperfections.

Like Abby said under my post: people are starving, and modern parish life doesn't satisfy.

I hope they keep working at those problems!

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 1 at 11:53am | see this comment in context

You say of course, but in fact, the covenant communities of the 80s and the Legion were full of coercion and manipulation, though every member would have said he or she was there voluntarily. Every day people volunteer for dysfunctional relations.

But if you think of my work here as a critique of covenant communities, you're missing the point. My point is rather to to consider and help articulate principles for sound interpersonal relations.

One way of doing that is the "via negativa", i.e. by looking at bad examples in our collective moral experience, in order to learn what went wrong and why.

The pursuit of health involves the study of the nature and sources of disease.

What I find worrying and maddening is how uninterested so many otherwise good Catholics are in examining wrong as a means both for setting things right and for establishing good.

They seem to think it virtuous to ignore injustice and just "move on"—thinking only happy thoughts. "My personal experience was positive, therefore, I don't need to hear about problems."

Need I say that this, too, is a recipe for dysfunction?

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 1 at 11:15am | see this comment in context

Another essential principle of sound "intentional communities": they must be voluntary and free of coercion and manipulation of all kinds.

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 1 at 11:06am | see this comment in context

Not just maturation, but reform. The bishops intervened and insisted on reforms. And there wasn't just just reform, but a lot of dissolution. Many, many people (I think the majority of members) left the communities, taking their injuries with them. Grievous harm was done in countless lives.

Nor do I think there has ever been a full accounting. I still see worrying amounts of denial, and much too little in the way of public remorse and amends for damage done.

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 1 at 10:59am | see this comment in context

I'll be looking forward to that list. 

Also to getting a better idea of what you mean by impersonal criteria. Certainly patriarchal and cultish seem to me very much problems for personalism.

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