Saturday, July 28, 2012

Ite Ad Thomam: The Principle of Predilection: "Nothing would be greater if God did not will it more good."

The "inequality" of God's love for us can be reflected in the order of charity - we should love those who are closer to God more than those who are not (i.e. wish them a greater good). (As opposed to the intensity of our love.)

Still, Aquinas touches upon how charity can command acts of other forms of friendship.

"Moreover there is yet another reason for which, out of charity, we love more those who are more nearly connected with us, since we love them in more ways. For, towards those who are not connected with us we have no other friendship than charity, whereas for those who are connected with us, we have certain other friendships, according to the way in which they are connected. Now since the good on which every other friendship of the virtuous is based, is directed, as to its end, to the good on which charity is based, it follows that charity commands each act of another friendship, even as the art which is about the end commands the art which is about the means. Consequently this very act of loving someone because he is akin or connected with us, or because he is a fellow-countryman or for any like reason that is referable to the end of charity, can be commanded by charity, so that, out of charity both eliciting and commanding, we love in more ways those who are more nearly connected with us."
Abide With Me - Hayley Westenra
Rome Reports: Lefebvrists list conditions to rejoin Rome

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sunday Night Prime - Eastern Catholic Churches - Fr. Groeschel with Fr. O'Loughlin, - 05-22-2011
Vernacular Values by Ivan Illich

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mirror of Justice: Finnis on Justice - a paper by John Gardner
Louis Bouyer and Church Architecture by Uwe Michael Lang
Community and Christian Life by Br. Vincent Ferrer Bagan, O.P.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On Saint Anthony and the beginnings of monasticism, by Peter H. Görg

The first of his works translated into English? Apparently he's written something on Vatican I (in German).
Message for the 2012 World Tourism Day

"Along this way, the energy problems have to be taken into due consideration. It is an erroneous assumption to think that “an infinite quantity of energy and resources are available, that it is possible to renew them quickly, and that the negative effects of the exploitation of the natural order can be easily absorbed”.[3]"

All very diplomatic, no talk about re-engaging simplicity.

Monday, July 23, 2012

James Hannam lecture

James Hannam, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution

Walter Pannenberg, The Historicity of Nature: Essays on Science and Theology
Alexei V. Nesteruk, Light from the East: Theology, Science, and the Eastern Orthodox Tradition
Sandro Magister, The Gospel According to Caravaggio