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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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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...

Cardinal Dolan disappoints

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?...

A Benedictine way of philosophy

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...

Conversational sins

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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Re: Immigration: Impediments to the Conversation

Jul. 23 at 10:08am | see this comment in context

It seems to me a matter of precision. Social justice is a particular sphere of justice, just as sexual morality is a particular sphere of morality. It is justice in the arrangement of society, justice between segments of society.

Further, social justice is a new category of justice, in the sense that it emerged in the wake of the industrial revolution. Likewise, theology of the body is a new field of theological exploration.

I think conservatives like us have a tendency to react against the term because we're so used to its being misused by the left.

Re: Tenderness and gallantry

Jul. 23 at 9:55am | see this comment in context

Yes, his too, though, if I'm right, it will only be the war time memoirs—the memoirs of his fight against Naziism and Communism. I think that's coming out in December, though Random House. I promise to keep members posted.

Re: Immigration: Impediments to the Conversation

Jul. 22 at 3:00pm | see this comment in context

Chris, I suppose it's too late to serve, but here's a piece I wrote a year ago contrasting the Catholic notion of social justice and the leftist notion, which are sadly often conflated.

Much more work needs to be done in this area, imo.

Re: Immigration: Impediments to the Conversation

Jul. 21 at 11:26am | see this comment in context

Governor O'Malley also refused the federal government's attempt to house the assylum-seekers in his state. And he did it in the ugliest way possible, viz. by suggesting that they wouldn't be safe, because conservatives in his state are so racist and xenophobic that they might attack. Talk is cheap.

And, again, Rhett, it seems to me that you are addressing the morality of only one side of the issue, the side where we already have agreement. No one here is suggesting that these people should just be "sent back." We all agree that they are persons who deserve love and respect, who need care and attention.

Re: Immigration: Impediments to the Conversation

Jul. 21 at 9:58am | see this comment in context

Here is something that has happened to me more than once (I come from a dysfunctional family with boundary issues):

Someone comes into my space and takes something that belongs to me. I say, "Hey! That's mine!" The one taking responds with lectures on the Christian call to generosity and the problem of my selfishness.

I see an analogy in the way many Catholics (including Cardinal Dolan) are reviling those who justly resisting the disregard for their autonomy and moral agency. 

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