Joined: Dec. 10, 2012
Work: Account Reconciliation Senior Specialist (JPMC)
Hobbies: Sports, Music (writing/playing), widdling/chiseling/sculpting/staining, writing/reading
Family: Me, wife (Jacqueline) and son (Joshua)
Locations: Columbus Ohio (current); Born in Boulder, Colorado; served in MN, and MI (esp. Detroit)
Mar. 7 at 10:56am | 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...
Feb. 19 at 11:36am | Comments: 2 | Most recent comment: Feb. 25 at 9:38am
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....
Feb. 13 at 11:55am | Comments: 9 | Most recent comment: Feb. 17 at 10:06am
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...
Jan. 30 at 2:21pm | Comments: 10 | Most recent comment: Feb. 7 at 9:14am
Several questions arise in my mind as to how religious freedom should be interpreted in light of Personalism. Thankfully, the Second Vatican Council dealt heavily with this issue in its Declaration Dignitatis humanae, and John Paul II proved to be a crucial contributor. In an article for Communio, David Schindler has written an extensive study of the topic in question, inspired largely by the true intentions of Wojtyla for the Declaration. The topic itself interests me tremendously,...
Jan. 28 at 11:48am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Feb. 1 at 3:18pm
I find it fitting on this feast of St. Thomas Aquinas to recall the extensive education of Fr. Karol Wojtyla. In 1946, Adam Stephan Cardinal Sapieha (the ‘light of Poland’) sent the newly ordained Wojtyla to the Angelicum in Rome, to study under Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange. There he wrote his dissertation in 1948: Doctrina de fide apud S. Joannem a Cruce. Fr. Van Hove describes Wojtyla’s fundamental disagreement with Garrigou-Lagrange’s “Thomistic...
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