Mary’s Veil stands as a seductive contrast to the false seductions of our world. I am a “campus missioner” at The University of Georgia at St. Mary’s Chapel. That’s a fancy way of saying I serve as a priest: teaching, preaching, giving pastoral care, administering the sacraments and doing missions at a secular university. I am sent into a pagan world that somehow believes in Naturalism and Idealism simultaneously. In other words, students espouse Material Reduction when talking hard sciences, and Formal Reduction when talking social sciences. (Basically, we’re pack animals in biology class, but individual“selves”—not to be treated as animals—endowed with “inalienable” rights in political science class.) Now, this is no mean-spirited judgment, but rather a simple observation of the philosophical incoherence rampant among university students. Both Naturalism and Idealism are Neo-Pagan modes of thinking that cannot be reconciled with one another. How did this come about? (more…)
lice sat down to Morning Prayer. After a few minutes and pages went by, she opened a small book that contained some letters all bound together. One was written from a man, rumoured to be holy, he referred to fellow brethren at a city called Colossae, far, far away…
I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, The Church…It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Alice locked onto the word “mature,” underlying it. It was of great interest of her, a young lady who was being pruned and cultivated to become a “mature adult” as her elders often recited at her. She thought long and hard about what would make her one. Then she pulled out an eccentric looking notebook, opened to a marked page, and this is what she wrote with her ink pens: (more…)
Recently, I’ve been contemplating on my personal relationship with my Lord & Sea King, Poseidon.
I remember as a boy it began once I realized my need for safety upon the open seas, accepted him as Lord over the The Deep, and made a choice to have faith in him. But more of that later, first…
Poseidon desires us from the greatest depths of his heart, a heart which is currently somewhere in the Mariana Trench, approximately 36,000 feet under the surface, guarded by Hippocampis, Icthyocentaurs, and Sirens… (more…)
You’ve probably heard of The Crucifixion, whether or not you know it occurs on “Good Friday” is less likely. You most definitely have heard of The Resurrection and know it occurs on Easter. But did you know Holy Saturday occurs between those two?
Q: But what is Holy Saturday?
A: Holy Saturday is the Saturday between Good Friday Easter, the event between The Crucifixion & The Resurrection. No Mass is celebrated, no communion is received.
Q: What does it invite us to participate in?
A: Holy Saturday is an invitation to participate in (I) Christ’s Sabbath and (II) his Descent into Hell. I’ll go over these and throw in a part (III) How to Read the Scriptures as a helpful apologia for (II). Feel free to jump around to one you’re interested in.
This is the 4th installment in the Eros series making this a Quadrilogy, much like Aliens, and a damn fine one at that. This follows part 3, Eroticism & God.
We left off through baptizing Eros by discussing its proper function and context. I want to recall the purpose of this dialogue by recalling a question from Part 1: Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Sex?
Q: So what’s the purpose of this article?
A: To clarify some things so as to make dialogue about sex possible.
Secondly, today is The Feast of The Annunciation! Today Our Lady, St. Mary responded to God, Let it be unto me according to thy Word, and so The Holy Ghost overshadowed her, she conceived by The Holy Ghost, and gave birth to Jesus the Christ, very God of very God, begotten not made, yet from the flesh of a woman. How erotic! Her Eros led her to participation in Life-itself.
**This is the longest I’ve written yet, but I’m going to wrap this topic up today. If there’s a question you don’t find yourself asking (Q:), skip it.
—–PART I: A True Dialogue on Eros Fulfilled in The Divine Liturgy—–
—–PART II: A Bastardized Tradition on Eros—–
This is part 3 in the search for a Christian Eros, Romantic Love. It is a sequel to A Tragic Comedy of Erotic Errors.
Recapitulation of Conclusions from Eros II
Romantic love, Eros, cannot be a virtue, a balance of chemicals, a process by which 1/2 a person becomes a whole person. A common problem was dualism, either of formal reduction (I identify as a werewolf) or material reduction (I’m just neurons and chemicals). Both were shown to be contradictory, logically and functionally, by communities (which are embodied traditions) that talk these ways.
Now that the threshing floor has been cleared…
Eros was shown to be a seeking of the divine through seeing the beauty of bodies, then a loyalty to a particular beautiful body, then seeing beauty of many souls, then loyalty to a particular beautiful soul, then to Beauty-Itself. Romantic Love was therefore a means by which one came to ascend to The Divine. This language is analogical, not univocal (O’ Calvin…). Now to look to various Christian sources on the matter. (more…)
This is a sequel to Why Doesn’t The Church Talk About Sex.
Q: Alright, where were we?
A: We left off last time with a movement towards Eros as opposed to sex in an effort to retrace the history of the Church’s dialogue on romantic desire. I asked you to read Plato’s Symposium.
The tale is primarily poetic, imaginative, iconic, it is seductive. It does not give many arguments. Each persons gives a speech on what the nature of Eros is and why it is to be praised.
The Symposium goes layers deep into several narratives, think Inception. It begins with a man named Apollodorus (layer I) in midconversation, “In fact, your question does not find me unprepared.” He recalls a story (layer II) about Glaucon asking Apollodorus about a symposium. Then the story of the symposium begins (layer IV). Plato was going Inception on narratives way before Christopher Nolan. A story within a story within a story within a story. Did any of it really happen? Does that question even matter to discuss what Eros is?
…one day he ran into Socrates, who had just bathed and put on his fancy sandals — both very unusual events… (more…)