Recently I had the pleasure of taking our kids to Legoland in Denmark. What a wonderful place it is and it beautifully expresses what seems to me to be true Platonic Realism. It is amazing how many things you can build using lego blocks and a lively imagination combined with an almost visionary technical insight. … More Paradigms, patterns, and forms.
Today, at Matins, we begin to read the Book of Job. During the month of September the days begin to be shorter and the nights begin to be longer. The warmth of summer begins to make place for the coming cold of winter. We are entereing a season of struggle between light and day, warm and cold. … More 1st Sunday in September
Plato seems to be a good place to start investigating the platonic dualism that is presumed to have invaded christian theology. We shall start with “being as form.” Being as form I am assuming that most of us that have heard that “form” or “ideas” are basic to Plato’s philosophy. This is certainly true. But … More Plato’s dualism (i)
The three Sundays before Lent begin with Septuagesima, continue with Sexgesima, and conclude with Quinquagesima. They each put us in orbit around the theme of Easter. Septuagesima places us 70 days away from Easter, Sexagesima, 60, and Quinquagesima 50 days. The numbers don’t add up precisely, but that is besides the point. This is not … More Gesima Sundays
by St. Gregory of Nyssa What other objection is alleged by our adversaries? This; that (to take the preferable view2014) it was altogether needless that that transcendent Being should submit to the experience of death, but He might independently of this, through the superabundance of His power, have wrought with ease His purpose; still, if … More Catechism XXXII ~ Thoughts for Eastertide
In his Dialogues Pope St. Gregory the Great relates the story of St. Benedict seeing a remarkable vision. It follows upon his “forced” all-night meeting with his sister St. Scholastica. Benedict had been unwilling to grant Scholastica’s request to stay with her to “discourse about the joys of Heaven.” As he is about to leave God is … More Benedict’s Vision
Aelfric of Eynsham Was a Benedictine Abbot of Eynsham in the tenth century (955 – 1010). He received his education and training in Christianity from St. Aethelwold the Bishop of Winchester. Aelfric is to a significant extent a product of the so-called English Benedictine Reform (a tenth century reform movement) as well as an agent … More Aelfric: the lives of the Saints