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St. Augustine on the Veneration of the Saints

As part of his critique of paganism St. Augustine in City of God condemns the tradition of making “gods” out of dead heroes and great men of the past; this is one theory as to how Rome came to have

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Posted in Apologetics, Augustine, Books, city of God, Saints, Western Civilization

Ancient Quotation of the Day

I like this aphorism from Horace (quoted by St. Augustine in City of God, I.3 online here; I quote from this edition): New vessels will for long retain the taste Of what is first poured into them.

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Posted in Augustine, Books, Western Civilization

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

Aristotle, De Anima, and Aquinas

Alliteration always amuses me a lot. Sorry about that. I’ve got it out of my system now. I have written about St. Thomas’ commentary on De Anima before. I am going to do it again. Seriously: if you have any

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Posted in Aquinas - Philosophy, Aristotle, Books

Bloom where you are planted

Quoth The Author: It is best to love first what you are fitted to love, I suppose; you must start somewhere and have some roots. We Westerners are restless people. We move around (literally and figuratively) more than is probably

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Posted in Ascent of Mt Carmel, Books, Charity, Western Civilization

Destination Unknown

There are some things that it is better to begin than to refuse, even though the end may be dark. (Tolkien) Sometimes we face difficulties or duties whose outcome we dread. I know what I should do, or even sometimes

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Posted in Books, Faith, Veritatis Splendor

Great moments in storytelling

So I thought I would start a vaguely recurring feature here on the blog where I provide quotations that I happen to like for one reason or another. You never know what I might dredge up for this half-baked feature,

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Gift Idea

Looking to give a random person a gift in May? Well, if I turn out to be that random person, this would do nicely. Thanks in advance! :-) Edited with BlogPad Pro

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Posted in Books, Etc

The time we are given

This is probably one of the better-known quotations from Tolkien thanks to Peter Jackson’s use of it. But it was one of our favorites long before that. ‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo. ‘So

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This may be a duplicate entry, but I don’t care. It remains one of my favorite quotations from The Lord of the Rings and speaks to our proneness to materialism. “One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is

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Posted in Books, Rerum Novarum

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