Joined: Nov. 22, 2011
Currently living in Rome (Italy) with my husband and daughter, I’m working on a project on totalitarian evil from the perspectives of Simone Weil and Hannah Arendt. My book Simone Weil’s Apologetic Use of Literature: Her Christological Interpretations of Classic Greek Texts appeared with OUP in 2008. I’ve also worked on the topic of infertility, and my booklet “Embracing the Cross of Infertility” (HLI, 2010.) has appeared in an expanded version in German, Hungarian, Croatian and Spanish. Before moving to Italy due to my husband’s work, I was an Arthur Ennis Teaching Fellow at Villanova University from 2007 to 2010. My background is in philosophy and comparative literature.
Feb. 17 at 2:35pm | Comments: 11 | Most recent comment: Feb. 28 at 5:25am
I’m not speaking here of a boxing-match or of bullies who like beating up others. What I’m referring to is the widespread human temptation to put others into “boxes”. What makes this so terrible, and yet so tremendously tempting? It can seem an innocent enough pastime. What I tell my spouse or mother, or what I talk about in the inner recesses of the family, won’t hurt anybody, right? I can trust...
Dec. 3 at 4:26am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Dec. 4 at 10:59am
In his homily during his daily mass the other day, Pope Francis warned against the spirit of worldliness. He called it “a fruit of the devil who makes his way forward with the spirit of secular worldliness” (http://www.romereports.com/palio/pope-take-note-adolescent-progressivism-protects-human-sacrifices-english-11629.html#.UouFmsScdya). These are strong words, and we have seen so far that Pope Francis is not afraid of calling the devil by his name nor speaking about the momentous choices each one of us...
Oct. 28 at 3:52am | Comments: 16 | Most recent comment: Nov. 19 at 6:33am
To speak about faith becoming an ideology seems to be a contradiction in terms, at least to the faithful Catholic. For ideology is a construction, a system covering up and closing one off from reality while giving the false impression of having an explanation for everything; faith, however, is based on truth as revealed by God and is also accessible to reason (in contrast, any kind of belief is called an “ideology” these days, the underlying supposition...
Sep. 17 at 3:42am | Comments: 3 | Most recent comment: Sep. 19 at 11:17pm
It seems strange to be talking about beauty as a temptation. Isn’t beauty a ladder to God, a reflection of the good, and a dangerous trap only for those wishing to remain atheists? The “blue flower” (so termed by the Romantics), which is, among other things, the longing for the re-occurrence of a momentous experience of beauty, became an important step, for example, in C. S. Lewis’ conversion-process. Yet it didn...
Aug. 22 at 10:34am | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: Aug. 30 at 9:18am
Not many are called to a voluntary life of absolute poverty such as St Francis of Assisi, or Mother Teresa and her sisters. However, everybody is called to be in some respect poor with the poor in order to exercise true caritas on which, after all, we will be judged (Christ tells those who fed, clothed or helped him in some way in the poor, that they will go to Heaven, while those who didn’t, are...
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