Monthly Archives: January 2016

“Logic and law are the weapons of religion, the weapons that protect the ego”

Love has no logic—with what logic does a saint pray for reptiles and demons? It is religion that has logic, armored with the panoply of the law. Logic and law are the weapons of religion, the weapons that protect the … Continue reading

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St Thomas Aquinas: Creatures are nothing but Nothing

Is it possible for God to create from out of nothing? This is the question that St Thomas Aquinas explores in his second article on creation in his commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard. He answers in the affirmative. … Continue reading

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“The resurrection is always beyond speech, and beyond touch, while death is always mute, tangible, and objective”

There, on the unseen transformation of nature into relation, we pin our hope of immortality. There, on love. The distinction of nature from person is not an intellectual definition. It is the experience of love: the revelation of the uniqueness … Continue reading

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St Thomas Aquinas: God as the Act of Being

Well over a decade ago, I asked Fr Augustine Dinoia (now Archbishop Dinoia) the best way for me to begin reading St Thomas Aquinas. He recommended Timothy McDermott’s concise translation of the Summa Theologiæ. I began reading the book, making … Continue reading

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“Love transforms existence into unlimited life”

The powers of nature do not suffice for our existence to make life pass beyond the threshold of death, to gain a footing elsewhere, beyond the precariousness of being. However much our will is trained by morality, however high a … Continue reading

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“The religion of Jesus Christ is intended to bring us back to our real natural condition”

What is it that is the principal cause of everyone’s unhappiness who is not a Christian? It is the want of enough to love. We are made for love—and in vain we strive to pour forth the streams of our … Continue reading

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“We meet death face to face in every erotic failure”

Love and death are twins: a double-edged invitation to participate in reality. A dilemma—since death is not only the unavoidable end; it is also a withdrawal from life, not incompatible with physical survival. If by tasting love, we feel our … Continue reading

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