Joined: Dec. 10, 2012


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...


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: A Benedictine way of philosophy

Jul. 14 at 4:25pm | see this comment in context

Ear of the Heart is the conversion story of actress Dolores Hart to become a Benedcitine nun.

She would be an interesting study in herself on modesty, etc.  Her story is radical: movie star with Elvis Presley to Habited and Cloistered Sister!

Re: Dwarfing the Other

Jun. 5 at 2:02pm | see this comment in context

Katie van Schaijik, May. 29 at 4:32pm

Basically sin is a participation in the master/slave dynamic of the fall.  It is the antithesis of the self-giving/other receiving dynamic of the gospel, and of the original design of our being as persons.


Katie, did you coin this dichotomy above?  I have trouble with the wording for the first dynamic:  master/slave.  Wouldn't "possessor/possessee" or "dominator/dominated" be more fitting?  I just think that "Master" doesn't capture the scope of what's wrong here.  Same with "slave"--but I could be incorrect...

Re: Dwarfing the Other

Jun. 5 at 1:32pm | see this comment in context

Marie Meaney, May. 30 at 4:39am

Christ does neither during His Passion.

 Fr. Barron recently spoke on the Resurrection of Jesus as different from all other epic stories of revenge.  Most heroic tales tell of how the hero 'gets even' in the end, but Jesus triumphs over greater injustices than the weaknesses of flesh and blood.  And, he does it definitively, and to such a degree that his example erases the excuse  of "dwarfing" others who claim to follow his Person.

Re: Study of Persons in Lewis' Perelandra

Feb. 25 at 8:38am | see this comment in context

thanks for that definition, I'll make changes accordingly. 

I've been in Minnesota at a conference on "the Holy Spirit as Person"--it was good.

Re: The Worst Kind of Hobby

Feb. 18 at 9:21am | see this comment in context

Thanks for the challenge to avoid compartamentalized life!  I'm reading Dubay's Authenticity, and he is definitely not kind to those who treat the gospel as a hobby--so much so that he says it is not even register for sainthood.

The solution is authenticity, and it's hard

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