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Samwise

Joined: Dec. 10, 2012

Bio:

Work: Quality Assurance Analyst (Wells Fargo)
Hobbies: Sports, Music (writing/playing), widdling/chiseling/sculpting/staining, writing/reading
Family: Me, wife (Jacqueline) and son (Joshua)
Locations: Saint Paul, MN (current); Born in Boulder, Colorado; served in OH, and MI (esp. Detroit)


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Technologists vs. Personalists

Mar. 13 at 10:57am | Comments: 0

The first German to expose the philosophical danger of technology was Martin Heidegger.  Joseph Ratzinger took the warning to a further extreme by re-introducing Paul VI’s term: technocracy, in his “Caritas in Veritate”.  In Heidegger’s day, technology was not nearly as influential as to be considered on par with a theocratic ideology.  In our day, even as recent as the Vietnam war era--according to Paul VI, technology has threatened to replace...

Virtue and the Person

Mar. 7 at 9:56am | Comments: 0

Freudian Psychoanalysis ushered in a foreign method of evaluating a human person versus what was classically accepted throughout the western world: virtue.  While Freud’s theories do have some merit, as most recently quoted by Pope Francis in a March fifth interview, “all idealization contains aggressive motivation”, they are not worthy to entirely replace the classical method of virtue.  The reason being, Freudian theories do not call the person on to excellence, but instead...

Study of Persons in Lewis’ Perelandra

Feb. 19 at 10:36am | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Feb. 25 at 8:38am

A bitter struggle between good and evil spans the entirety of C.S. Lewis’ second installment of his space trilogy: Perelandra.  But what sides do the characters take, definitively?  A better question that I might ask is: to what extent can a person participate with evil and still be recognizable as a person?  Lewis explores these questions and more in his novel, inquiring amidst them even further questions of original innocence, gender distinction, commandments, and temptation....

The Power of God for Persons vs The Power of Satan

Feb. 13 at 10:55am | Comments: 9 | Most recent comment: Feb. 17 at 9:06am

Fr Gary Thomas and Fr Gabrielle Amorth are two of the most outspoken exorcists in the world.  The latter’s books An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories, tend to be on every other Catholic bookshelf in homes and bookstores.  But are they just propagating a myth or classic villain in their stories?  Is it a ploy to scare people into returning to Church?  Although such stories do result in higher attendance...

Solzhenitsyn

Feb. 4 at 10:10am | Comments: 0

Given recent events between Ukraine and Russia, I offer this post through the intercession of JPII.  May God protect Ruthinian Catholics in Ukraine... In June of 1978, Alexander Solzhenitsyn gave the commencement address at Harvard concerning Soviet Russia and the weakness of the West.  By mid October of the same year, Karol Wojtyla would ascend to the chair of St. Peter.  “A direct gift from God” was Solzhenitsyn’s response to the news of the...


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Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 4:43pm | see this comment in context

The Brotherhood of Hope is officially a part of SOS.  See pdf page 2.  Also see Fr. Bob Oliver on page 1

This link is the Brotherhood's official newsletter: http://brotherhoodofhope.org/documents/newsletters/nl-2013.01-lq.pdf

Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 3:56pm | see this comment in context

If Bishops and Papal approval is not the criterion for authenticity this side of heaven, what is?  I'm strictly speaking on a level of subsidiarity, that is, as a Catholic covenant community meets the approval of the local bishop/archbishop who is in communion with Rome

Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 3:16pm | see this comment in context

It is true, the Brotherhood of Hope--and the community from which they originated

www.peopleofhope.net
 
had difficult in their beginnings with the Bishops.  But as JPII says, a maturing process was necessary for them to be incorporated into the oversight of the Bishops.  Today, Fr. Bob is a great example of one who is very influential in the Magisterium--when his order was initially exiled from New Jersey.  Another example is the papal preacher Fr. Cantalamessa...

Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 3:05pm | see this comment in context

Well you did say, " I wish Fr. Bob had time for conversations like that. On the other hand, I'm not sure he and I see eye to eye on the subject".

Forgive me if read into that...my point is broader.  JPII sums it up nicely:"There is so much need today for mature Christian personalities, conscious of their baptismal identity, of their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world! There is great need for living Christian communities! And here are the movements and the new ecclesial communities: they are the response, given by the Holy Spirit, to this critical challenge at the end of the millennium. You are this providential response."  (ibid)

Re: Searching for community

Jul. 31 at 2:24pm | see this comment in context

Wojtyla strongly supports Catholic covenant community:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/1998/may/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_19980530_riflessioni_en.html

So did Ratzinger and so does Bergoglio.  Perhaps it's true that you don't see eye to eye with Fr. Bob...but I do

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