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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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List of Personalistic Pros/Cons for Covenant Community

Aug. 1 at 1:26pm | Comments: 21 | Most recent comment: Aug. 8 at 2:53pm

*Preface: I have been involved in different forms of community since 2004 in OH, MN, and MI—I have met people who love it and people who hate it, so I trust my list is well balanced.  Personally, I have found it to be a major way (but not the only way) that I live out Catholicism.  Pros: 1)      Opportunity for persons of all ages to verbally describe (give Testimony to) their understanding of...

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...


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Re: Searching for community

Aug. 19 at 1:29pm | see this comment in context

Katie van Schaijik, Aug. 19 at 10:37am

You can use "code" if you insist, but if you do, you won't be addressing the questions and problems I've raised. You'll be talking past me. A group's teachings are only one aspect of its dynamics. 

 It is precisely for this reason that I use the term CODE, so as to begin to categorize different dynamics in question with covenant community vs. the loaded umbrella term "cult".   My intention is not to talk past you but to try to agree on a proper language for defining the types of dynamics we observe in covenant community.

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 19 at 10:29am | see this comment in context

a group with dynamics, practices, and teachings that suppress and subordinate individuality in favor of the group. A healthy community serves the flourishing of personal life.

Wojtyla's definition of "cult" in the contemporary cultural context will suffice.  But again, "cult" is a loaded term and not consistent with the lexicon of the Church, like "pro-choice", etc. 

I persist in the argument that CODE is more suited to the type of "counter-cultural" teaching on "how to live" Catholicism that covenant community fosters and is in question.

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 19 at 10:09am | see this comment in context

Let's talk then, so long as no one disagrees with my terms: CREED, CODE and CULT, about the CODE of covenant community.

If I could identify Katie's main issue with the CODE of covenant community, I would say that it is with "some" communitys' teaching on marriage--specifically the headship of the husband in the Christian family. 

I have referred before to Dr. John Grabowski's article, and it's CODE of living out Catholic Christian marriage as absolutely compatible with the current CODE of Catholic covenant community (Katie supplied the link to Dr. Grabowski's article herself).  But again, I cannot speak for ecumenical community on this same issue of CODE.

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 19 at 9:57am | see this comment in context

*Parishes and covenant community also teach CREED (what we believe)

Re: Searching for community

Aug. 19 at 9:55am | see this comment in context

A few clarifying points:

*By Liturgy I mean "Liturgy of the hours" and the Mass as CULT

*A parish is a CULT in that sense that it teaches "how to worship", but does not necessarily have a CODE "how to live"  this is what largely differentiates covenant community from Parish life

Lastly, the Legion is a red herring, imo, it is being referred to as the worst Catholic example in the spectrum of lay movements to date so as to distract from defining truly genuine Catholic community.

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