Helvi Moore

Joined: Nov. 15, 2011


I was a student of Alice von Hildebrand’s. The first class I enrolled for at Hunter began just three weeks after the death of Dietrich von Hildebrand (although at the time, I had no idea that this was the case). His thought permeated every lecture. I converted to Catholicism in 1980 and had the great joy of telling Pope John Paul II personally that I had been guided to the Faith by a great Phenomenologist. The Holy Father agreed!

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Re: The Chief Rabbi on Marriage, Part Two

Mar. 13 at 5:08pm | see this comment in context

It is an interesting fact that in many same-sex relationships a mock complementarity is often played out, with one person assuming a more feminine role and behaviour, and the other, a more masculine one.  This is the case in both female and male same-sex "couples";so much so, that there are well-known slang expressions for these roles.  It would seem that despite their protestations to the contrary, there is a clear desire for another who is not the same, even in homosexual persons.

Re: Catholicism and Personalism: Not Such Strange Bedfellows

Apr. 15 at 12:32pm | see this comment in context

I agree!  At the tender age of 58, I am realizing that my hippy youth is not far behind me.  I am suddenly plunged, courtesy of a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, into the anti-materialist, anti-consumerist, environmentally-aware passions of my youth, all of which resonate deliciously with Catholic social teaching. 

There are no cookie-cut-out Catholics who really love Christ, His Blessed Mother and His Church.  The Mysticaly Body embraces souls of all stripes - and how interesting this is for students of personalism, indeed!

Re: Bonus wisdom from Alice von Hildebrand

Mar. 22 at 10:03am | see this comment in context

From the Holy Father on St Joseph's "open heart":

Joseph sleeps, it is true, yet he is able to hear the voice of the angel (Mt 2:13 ff). The scene appears to represent what the Song of Solomon had proclaimed: “I slept, but my heart was vigilant” (Song 5:2). The external senses are at rest, but the depths of the soul are open and receptive. In this open tent we see the figure of a man who, deep down, can hear what resonates within or is told him from above; a man whose heart is open enough to receive what the living God and his angel tell him. In that profound openness, the soul of any man can meet God. From it, God speaks to each of us, and shows that he is close to us.

Re: Solidarity

Feb. 14 at 5:57am | see this comment in context

 The Catholic convert, EF Schumacher proposed an eminently sensible solution to "crony capitalism" in his co-operative/subsidiary model of "economics as if people mattered."  Growth economics is a spent force.  How bad does it have to get before neoclassical economists are willing to entertain other solutions?

Long live "third way" economics.


Re: Individualism not quite the answer

Dec. 12 at 2:46pm | see this comment in context

Katie van Schaijik, Dec. 12 at 9:22am

Yes, ubuntu figured largely in my research proposal. My one question about it, though, is why those who come into power in African nation states seem to jettison the notion the minute they take over!


Yes, great: Buber is a perfect place to start. Simone Weil is another possibility but the Christian tag might be a stumbling block for my supervisor. You will be pleased to learn that Frankl is the poster boy for Positive Psychology exemplaries of eudaimonia.  I have Alice von Hildebrand to thank for a first introduction to these great figures.  What if I were to start with Max Scheler?  What would be the pitfalls?


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