Wednesday Quotes
Divine Descent
March 25, 2015

“I am Aeneas, duty-bound, and known Above high air of heaven by my fame, Carrying with me in my ships our gods Of hearth and home, saved from the enemy. I look for Italy to be my fatherland, And my descent is from all-highest Jove.” Virgil, The Aeneid Aeneas says he’s descended […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Theologian and the Philosopher
January 28, 2015

“So those who use the works of philosophers in sacred doctrine, by bringing them into the service of faith, do not mix water with wine, but rather change water into wine.” – St. Thomas Aquinas “The scanty conceptions to which we can attain of celestial things give us, from their excellence, more […]

Wednesday Quotes
Acquainted with Grief
December 24, 2014

“He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” Handel’s Messiah, Air from Part II, quoting Isaiah 53 Being acquainted with grief does not fit the season. Or so it might seem. Last Sunday I was in the third row from the front, drinking in every […]

Wednesday Quotes
Silence of Monks
October 22, 2014

“For it becomes the master to speak and to teach, but it beseems the disciple to be silent and to listen.” The Rule of St. Benedict Fall break. I am spending a week with fourteen college students, plus my son, living the life—as near as we can—of the Benedictine monks of Clear […]

Wednesday Quotes
If It Really Happened
April 23, 2014

“And therefore in the Christian celebration of Easter quite particularly an affirmation of the whole of existence is experienced and celebrated. No more rightful, more comprehensive and fundamental an affirmation can be conceived.” Josef Pieper, In Tune with the World: A Theory of Festivity If it really happened—that Christ rose from the […]

Aleteia
Zeus’ Plan for February
February 26, 2014

“Aegis-bearing Zeus has a design for each occasion, and mortals find this hard to comprehend.” Hesiod, Works and Days Hesiod was convinced that Zeus has a plan for every occasion. Even February. Yet we mortals find this hard to comprehend—especially after a long, cold winter. But Hesiod has discovered the beginning of […]

Wednesday Quotes
The Piety of a Pagan
January 22, 2014

“I am Aeneas, duty-bound, and known Above high air of heaven by my fame, Carrying with me in my ships our gods Of hearth and home, saved from the enemy.” Virgil, The Aeneid, I Pious Aeneas. The phrase appears again and again in The Aeneid. Virgil is intent on sketching in his […]