Sunday Trinity XV

Today is the XVth Sunday after Trinity or Trinity XV. As most Sundays Trinity XV is a Semidouble. The liturgical color is green. The Octave of the Nativity of the BVM is Simple so that nothing is said of the Octave (except on the Octave Day itself). The Universal Kalendar commemorates St. Gorgonius and in … More Sunday Trinity XV

Can a Form exist at a time it has no Instances?

In raising up our thought from the apprehension of the intelligible whatnesses that these things have, we ourselves are transcending temporality. Eric D. Perl, Thinking Being, p. 33. Sometimes an objection to forms is raised that askes this question. But to ask the question is to misunderstand what form is. The question is therefore unanswerable. Form … More Can a Form exist at a time it has no Instances?

Plato’s dualism (i)

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)

“Modern Misunderstanding,” AB, viii …

     Image: Plato and Aristotle by Raphael. The “Explanations and Acknowledgments” section in the Anglican Breviary touch on “modern misunderstanding” of “mystical interpretation” (of Scripture). The liturgy of the hours as contained in the Anglican Breviary is an intricate tapestry woven of precisely such interpretation. The incredible beauty of the Anglican Breviary thus depends … More “Modern Misunderstanding,” AB, viii …

The Tenebrae Litany

One of the ancient elements of the Divine Office that is not included in the Anglican Breviary is the litany which formed part of the end of Tenebrae Lauds. This litany could be found in many medieval uses and until recently in some religious orders as well. This litany is known as the “Litany Kyrie … More The Tenebrae Litany