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Maritain on Epistemology

Maritain is a valuable antidote for the skepticism and subjectivism that is so prevalent today. Conclusion IX – The truth of knowledge consists in the conformity of the mind with the thing. It is absurd to doubt the reliability of

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Books

Maritain, Observations about Philosophy

Here are some helpful observations about the nature of philosophy as a human endeavor. The author is the great French Thomist Jacques Maritain: Philosophy is not a “wisdom” of conduct or practical life that consists in acting well. It is

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Man’s Chief End

I like this summary of things: The source of all man’s life is to be found in God. Through His strength and all-pervading power He maintains man’s growth and development and, as his ultimate goal, He constitutes that happiness which

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Posted in Charity, Deus Caritas Est

Hear the one He sends

Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me. Luke 10:16, NABRE I came across this passage again in my regular reading today and it motivated this

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Posted in Apologetics, Ecclesiology

Take up your cross

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34) Do I want to be a follower of Jesus? Absolutely! More than anything! But those words are

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Do not be afraid

It happened that he was standing by the lake of Genesareth, at a time when the multitude was pressing close about him to hear the word of God; and he saw two boats moored at the edge of the lake;

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Posted in Deus Caritas Est, Faith, Forgiveness, Humility, Sin

Huddled Masses

In today’s Gospel (Luke 4:16-30) the Lord Jesus demolishes the expectations of those who (not without reason) called themselves God’s chosen people. Just as Elijah was sent not to a widow of Israel but to a Sidonian woman, and just

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Posted in America, Charity, Natural Law

No longer strangers

This post is inspired by this and this. Jesus said that what is outside a man cannot make him impure or unclean. Instead, it is what comes out of a man — out of his heart — that makes him

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Posted in Charity, Veritatis Splendor, Western Civilization

I must decrease

It is the feast of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, and it is easy to think of lots of politically-oriented things to say, and to prod myself to the same sort of courage that John had when it

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Prepare yourself

The parable of the ten virgins is difficult for me to understand–or, maybe, it is a hard passage of the Gospel. Contrary to what one might expect the five virgins who prepared by bringing extra oil are commended not because

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Posted in Charity, Faith, Obedience
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