Joined: Aug. 12, 2011
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.
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...
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...
Jul. 15 at 11:42am | Comments: 26 | Most recent comment: Jul. 17 at 8:43am
A few months ago I read that the growing and intractable problem of an ancient culture of thievery among Roma immigrants had induced a French politician to call for their expulsion. The Catholic Church had condemned the call as racist and inhumane. "Okay," I thought. "But what about the thievery?" It bothered me that the Church would condemn a politician's proposed solution without proposing a practical alternative. Are French citizens supposed to just roll over and let themselves be robbed?...
Jul. 12 at 4:38pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Jul. 14 at 4:25pm
July 11 is the Feast of St. Benedict, whose deservedly famous Rule is the basis of virtually all rules in all monastic orders to this day. I first learned about it from Alice von Hildebrand, who drew my attention to the affinity between Benedictine spirituality and the phenomenological method of philosophy her husband had espoused. The prologue to the Rule begins like this: Listen carefully, my child,to your master's precepts,and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20) It's the...
Jul. 11 at 1:14pm | Comments: 1 | Most recent comment: Jul. 12 at 11:11am
These days, for my insomnia, I'm listening to Walter Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. I've just come across Franklin's list of "conversational sins". It's good. (I'm afraid I've committed them all.) 1. Talking overmuch 2. Seeming uninterested 3. Speaking too much about your own life 4. Prying for personal secrets 5. Telling long and pointless stories 6. Contradicting or disputing someone directly 7. Ridiculing or railing against things, except in small, witty doses 8. Spreading scandal Notice how beautifully the list coheres with personaliism. Genunine interpersonal communion,...
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